Tech Thursday (12/13): New Tools at SBA.gov to Help Small Businesses Grow * Trend Micro Releases Security Predictions for 2013 & Beyond * Epson WorkForce Pro C Series Printers Win Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2012

REI Systems and ENC Strategy Announce New Tools at SBA.gov to Help Small Businesses Grow

 

Trend Micro Releases Security Predictions for 2013 & Beyond

 

Epson WorkForce Pro C Series Printers Win Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2012 

 

 

REI Systems and ENC Strategy Announce New Tools at SBA.gov to Help Small Businesses Grow

The U.S. Small Business Administration launches new online functionality to help small businesses get the information they need to grow easily and rapidly.

 

WASHINGTON — With the help of Sterling, Va.-based REI Systems, and McLean-based ENC Strategy, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched new online tools designed to help small business owners develop and grow their companies. The new software tools include the Build a Business Plan tool, the Size Standards tool, a Learning Center, an Events Calendar and a Local Assistance locator for entrepreneurs to access resources sponsored by their nearest SBA field office. REI and ENC developed the software, conducting usability testing, and provided content, creative direction, design support and constituent outreach.

To help small business owners plan and steer their businesses, the Build a Business Plan tool guides them through the process of creating a basic, downloadable business plan. Users can save progress and build the plan at their own pace.

To determine whether they are eligible to sell products and services to government agencies, and to compete for small business set-aside contracts, business owners previously had to search through various rules and matrices to determine whether their businesses qualify for the small business set-aside procurement opportunities. Now, with the Size Standards tool , there are three simple steps to eliminate the guesswork and quickly find qualified for government procurement opportunities.

Each year, SBA and its partners host hundreds of small business training seminars and workshops across the country. Until now, there was no single repository for these events. Now, with SBA’s Events Calendar , small business owners can quickly find and register for training.

The Learning Center is an online learning portal for small business entrepreneurs. It features a streamlined, searchable catalog of small business educational resources, including self-paced courses and informational videos. The resources may be sorted by topic, making it easier to locate helpful information.

Using the Local Assistance tool , those seeking help from SBA district offices and other local resource partners can quickly find the right contact information by clicking on a state or searching by zip code.

 

Trend Micro Releases Security Predictions for 2013 & Beyond

Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud Highlight Report 

 

CUPERTINO, Calif., – Threats to Android, the Cloud and digital lifestyle devices will make fighting cybercriminals more complex in 2013 than ever before, according to a report released today by the global cloud security leader Trend Micro Incorporated.

“In 2013, people are going to have a harder time managing the security of their devices,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “Different platforms, operating systems and security models will make it more difficult to protect ourselves than ever before.

The Trend report, “Security Threats to Business, the Digital Lifestyle, and the Cloud,” outlines the 10 top threats facing business and consumers next year.

Among its findings:

  • The most serious threat during 2013 may be malicious and high-risk Android apps. Trend predicts they will reach 1 million in 2013, up from 350,000 at the end of 2012.
  • While traditional PC malware may recede a bit next year, threats to devices running the Android operating system will more than replace it.
  • The emergence of more digital lifestyle devices means that threats could appear in new and unexpected places, such as television sets and home appliances.
  • Africa appears on its way to becoming the next safe harbor for cybercriminals on the run.

Other predictions include:

  • Slow adoption of Windows 8 by business means consumers will be the leading beneficiaries from its security enhancements during the coming year.
  • Cybercriminals will target legitimate cloud services and data breaches will remain a serious threat in 2013 , in part because existing security tools do not protect cloud data as well as traditional storage.
  • Consumers will increasingly use multiple computing platforms and devices, making securing them a difficult challenge.
  • Politically motivated attacks will become more destructive during 2013.
  • Conventional malware threats will evolve gradually, with few, if any, significant new attacks. Still, attacks that do occur will become more sophisticated and harder to detect.
  • Efforts to address global cybercrime are gaining traction, but will take two or three more years to reach full implementation.

There is, however, hope amid this gloomy forecast.

“The good news is that the timing is perfect for security defenders to set new standards and deliver new solutions that will have a disturbing impact on the underground economy,” said Genes.

If that happens, 2013 may be remembered as a decisive turning point in the war on cybercrime.

 

Epson WorkForce Pro C Series Printers Win Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2012

WorkForce Pro C Series Printers Win in “Small to Medium Business Product of the Year” Category 

 

LONG BEACH, Calif., – Epson America, a leading provider of exceptional performing business solutions, has been named a Gold winner in the Small to Medium Business Product of the Year for its WorkForce®Pro C Series printers from Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. For the Small to Medium Business Product of the Year, judges analyzed various criteria to determine category winners, including cost savings for SMBs, ease of use, warranty, support, and business productivity. The WorkForce Pro C Series printers received high rankings in these areas and more, earning it the title of Gold winner.

Epson developed the WorkForce Pro C Series specifically to provide VARs and commercial channel partners and their customers with cost-effective printing solutions that deliver superior quality output and meet customer technology needs. The Epson® WorkForce Pro C Series single function and multifunction Workgroup Color Printers deliver up to 50 percent lower  printing costs when compared to color laser printers, increased reliability with a best-in-class three-year warranty, professional quality prints, and robust duty cycles for durability.

 More than 400 entries were received in this year’s awards program, from a wide array of public and private companies of all sizes and from a variety of industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada. Best in Biz Awards 2012 honors were presented in more than 50 categories, including Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Executive of the Year and Best New Product of the Year.

Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2012 were determined by an independent panel of 32 judges from top-tier news, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets and analyst firms, such as ABC, Businessweek, Computerworld, ECT News Network, Entrepreneur, eWeek, Examiner, Financial Times, Forbes, FOX News, Hartford Business Journal, IDG Ventures, IEEE Institute, Inc., Insight Media, King Features Syndicate, Lab Reviews, Network World, The News and Observer, PC Magazine, ReadWriteWeb, South Florida Business Journal, Tech-Gaming, Techtalk, Upstart Business Journal, USA Today and ZDNet.

For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2012, visit: http://www.bestinbizawards.com/2012-winners .

 

 

 


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