Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Remote-working jobs: Disaster looms as managers refuse to listen


Go in with a plan so it's easy for your boss to say yes.

Colin Powell dies from Covid ‘complications’ despite taking vaccine Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died from Covid-19 “complications” despite being vaccinated, his family has confirmed.

ZDNet Remote-working jobs: Disaster looms as managers refuse to listen: “A survey finds that executives are drawing up post-pandemic work policies without input from employees – who are willing to quit if their employers don’t deliver. Business leaders are “holding on to the remnants of the past” by failing to recognise fundamental shifts in the workforce – leaving them with a potential talent exodus on their hands.  A survey of more than 10,500 knowledge workers found that many company executives continue to view the office as the nerve centre of work, despite a growing preference for flexible-working policies amongst employees. The Future Forum Pulse survey, which quizzed knowledge workers in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany and Japan between July and August 2021, also found that workers were largely being left out of the planning of post-pandemic working policies – suggesting that these plans are being designed around the working preferences of senior leadership. Organizations risk losing talent if they fail to recognise “an inflection point in the workforce” brought about by the recent pivot to remote working, the report said, as well as damaging gains in workplace equality…

It’s no surprise that when a person gets a diagnosis of heart disease, cancer or some other life-limiting or life-threatening physical ailment, they become anxious or depressed. But the reverse can also be true: Undue anxiety or depression can foster the development of a serious physical disease, and even impede the ability to withstand or recover from one.

The potential consequences are particularly timely, as the ongoing stress and disruptions of the pandemic continue to take a toll on mental health.

The devastating ways depression and anxiety affect the body

We must tell the truth that people are going to die from Covid again, wholly unnecessarily

The video embedded in this video is very powerful: https://twitter.com/cleavon_md/status/1416256521915310084?s=21 The government is not pursuing an experiment when it comes to Covid 19. It is
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Partisan political favouritism on trial in Berejiklian’s ICAC case

When former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian faces an ICAC hearing, we might finally have a debate on whether we can call politicians doing favours for political or personal mates “corru…

Global retirement age alert: Retire at 81 could become the norm

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 10, 2021: Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: 2021 Guide to Internet Privacy Resources and Tools; It’s time to start taking digital identity seriously; There’s a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone’s Location Data; and It’s Time to Stop Paying for a VPN.

There’s a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone’s Location Data
Source: The MarkUp via beSpacific

The MarkUp – A huge but little-known industry has cropped up around monetizing people’s movements – “Companies that you likely have never heard of are hawking access to the location history on your mobile phone. An estimated $12 billion market, the location data industry has many players: collectors, aggregators, marketplaces, and location intelligence firms, all of which boast about the scale and precision of the data that they’ve amassed

CNET Delete yourself from the internet – “6 ways to get off the grid….If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by “public” I mean everyone everywhere. So, how can deleting yourself from the internet stop companies from getting ahold of your info? Short answer: It can’t. Unfortunately, you can never completely remove yourself from the internet, but there are ways to minimize your digital footprint, which would lower the chances of your personal datagetting out there. Here are some ways to do that. We’ll update these tips periodically…”

Natasha Bita: Working past 65 Baby Boomers revolutionising retirement with a new model that combines work and play Ron and Rhonda Howell are just two of the many Baby Boomers who shunned full retirement at 65 and have found the perfect balance.

CRS Report – Ransomware and Federal Law: Cybercrime and Cybersecurity, October 5, 2021: “Ransomware attacks—the use of malicious software to deny users access to data and information systems to extort ransom payments from victims—are prevalent. A recent notable example is the May 2021 ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the Colonial Pipeline Company’s network, affecting gasoline availability and prices. This attack is but one of many; in 2020 alone, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received nearly 2,500 ransomware complaints with losses exceeding $29 million. Federal law provides several potential approaches to combat ransomware attacks. First, federal criminal laws, such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), can be used to prosecute those who perpetrate ransomware attacks. These laws and others, such as the statutes criminalizing conspiracy and aiding and abetting, might also be used to prosecute individuals who help to develop ransomware that is ultimately used by others. Victims who pay ransoms might also be subject to criminal or civil penalties in some cases—for example, where a ransom payment is made knowingly to an entity either designated as a foreign terrorist organization or subject to sanctions by the Department of the Treasury. Nevertheless, policy considerations, mitigating factors, and prosecutorial discretion may weigh against enforcement in such instances. Second, federal cybersecurity laws play an important role in both preventing and responding to ransomware attacks. Cyber preparedness laws require federal agencies to secure their networks and authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish federal network security requirements. Other cyber preparedness laws authorize federal agencies to assist private entities operating in critical infrastructure sectors in securing their systems. Moreover, many data protection laws include requirements for covered entities to safeguard customer or consumer data. If a ransomware attack or other cyber incident occurs, federal law requires CISA and other federal agencies to work together to mitigate harm to federal networks and authorizes them to assist private entities in incident response and damage mitigation…”