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Archive for 29 novembre 2011

Economic Crime Continues to Increase

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 novembre 2011

London and New York (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –More than a third of businesses and other organisations around the world were victims of economic crime in the last 12 months, according to respondents to PwC’s 2011 Global Economic Crime Survey released today. And nearly a quarter of victims said they were subject to cybercrime — the use of technology as the main element in the economic crime. Overall, 34 percent of respondents said their organisations were victims of economic crime, a 13 percent increase since 2009. Theft or asset misappropriation (cited by 72 percent) was the most common type of economic crime reported, followed by accounting fraud and bribery and corruption (24 percent each) and cybercrime (23 percent). Overall, 11 percent of respondents, nearly half of them C-suite executives, said they did not know if their organisation had suffered a fraud. Though the direct cost of economic crime to an organisation can be difficult to gauge, nearly 10 percent of victims reported losses of more than US$5 million. Among those who were victims of bribery and corruption, 20 percent said that they lost more than US$5 million on average. Victims of economic crime also reported significant collateral damage due to fraud. This includes damage to employee morale, cited by 28 percent, as well as to brand and reputation, and to business relationships, both 19 percent. Suspicious transaction monitoring has emerged as the most effective fraud detection method, noted by 15 percent of respondents, up from 5 percent in 2009. The survey of 3,877 respondents from 78 countries is the most comprehensive study of its kind. It found that economic crime remains pervasive among organisations of all sizes, in all countries and all industries. The communications and insurance sectors reported the highest incidence of fraud. Fraud against governments or state owned enterprises rose by 24 percent since 2009, moving it ahead of the hospitality and leisure and financial services sectors as a target for crime. “Economic crime continues to be pervasive, affecting both large and small organisations worldwide without discrimination. No industry or company in any country is immune from the impact of fraud,” said Tony Parton, partner in PwC’s forensics practice in London. “In a world where most enterprises rely on technology, they increasingly open themselves to the risk of criminal activity from virtually anywhere on the planet where there is a computer, a smart phone or any other device able to access the Internet,” Mr. Parton said “Rising incidents of data loss and theft, computer viruses and hacking and other forms of electronic crime demonstrate the need for a more cyber-savvy approach to fraud prevention.”
Cybercrime now ranks as one of the top four economic crimes. The perception of cybercrime as a predominantly external threat is changing, and organisations are now recognising the risk of cybercrime coming from inside as well. Respondents said the Information Technology Department was the most likely source of cybercrime internally. IT was cited by 53 percent of respondents, followed by Operations, 39 percent, Sales and Marketing, 34 percent, and Finance, 33 percent. While half of all respondents noted an increased awareness to the threat of cybercrime, the majority of respondents said they do not have a cybercrime crisis response plan in place, or are not aware of having one. And 60 percent said their organization doesn’t monitor social media sites.The survey found that the typical profile of an internal cybercrime fraudster was a junior employee or middle manager (cited by 85 percent), under the age of 40 (65 percent), and employed by the organisation for less than five years (50 percent Those who said cybercrime was more likely to originate from sources outside their home country listed Hong Kong and China, India, Nigeria, Russia and the U.S. as the countries perceived as the top cybercrime threats.

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Durban’s Mission: Food Security First

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 novembre 2011

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Durban, South Africa – On the opening day of the United Nations climate talks in Durban, the pro-development NGO World Growth released a new report urging world leaders to focus on the importance of food security, particularly in Africa, and the critical role of palm oil as an effective strategy to reduce food insecurity. Palm oil as part of the solution is under threat by environmental NGOs, some leading industrialized economies, as well as the World Bank, who seek to halt the conversion of forest land to palm oil and to install sustainability standards that will curtail expansion of palm oil plantations in Africa. The new report by World Growth features a foreword by President J. A. Kufuor, Former President of the Republic of Ghana. President Kufuor writes about the importance for addressing long-standing hunger and food insecurity challenges that have plagued Africa and how the South East Asian experience with palm oil can provide the path forward for Africa: “Poverty alleviation in Africa continues to lag the rest of the world. The rural poor are a large proportion of the food insecure – half of Africa’s food insecure people are smallholders. The problems facing Africans in accessing food supplies are clear. Agricultural productivity is low. Post-harvest losses are high, as are the costs of internal transport and distribution. As a consequence, smallholders are unable to produce enough either to feed their families or to lift them out of poverty. In South-East Asia, commercial palm oil plantations have been highly successful at reducing rural poverty levels, fostering employment for small holders, developing rural infrastructure, and providing a source of inexpensive, staple food for the population as a whole.”World Growth Chairman and former Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor to the World Trade Organization) made the following observations:“In Africa, several palm oil development projects are in the process of being implemented. If they proceed to fruition, these investments have the ability to increase the local supply of an important food staple, reduce the need for Africa to import substantial quantities of palm oil, provide the basis for a new export industry and, most importantly, boost job creation in a region historically beset by poverty.“Yet this miracle is under threat from Western sustainability standards, championed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) that will undermine efforts to strengthen food security amongst the very poor, such as smallholders. Efforts in Durban will also seek to instill new policies that enshrine a view that forest land conversion should be halted due to its large contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Data points out this is inaccurate as the levels of emissions claimed by the World Bank and other leading economies is half of what they claim. These actions by Greens like WWF and the World Bank threaten Africa’s food security and should be resisted by developing nations during the negotiations.”

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Digital Publishing

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 novembre 2011

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È stato assegnato a Stereomood il Premio RCS Digital Publishing, dedicato alla startup più innovativa nel campo dei media e annunciato a inizio mese in occasione del Venture Camp organizzato da Mind the Bridge, fondazione californiana che si propone di favorire l’incontro dei migliori talenti imprenditoriali italiani con le opportunità e i capitali della Silicon Valley. Il premio sottolinea l’attenzione di Corriere della per la dinamica realtà del mondo internet e la sua volontà di supportare altre esperienze innovative nel mondo digitale.Stereomood, internet-radio emozionale, ha convinto per la sua capacità di trasformare l’esperienza degli utenti digitali e per l’appeal della piattaforma verso potenziali inserzionisti. Stereomood, una delle sette startup finaliste della Mind the Bridge Business Plan Competition 2011, si è aggiudicata il Premio RCS Digital Publishing come più promettente idea innovativa nel campo multimedia. Il premio permetterà al team di Stereomood di trascorrere tre mesi di incubazione presso il GYM della Fondazione californiana ( e di usufruire di un mentore dedicato e della copertura delle spese di viaggio e alloggio. Stereomood nasce a Roma per opera di Daniele Novaga (CEO), Eleonora Viviani, Giovanni Ferron (CTO), Maurizio Pratici e Giacomo Melani, intercettando il bisogno degli ascoltatori radiofonici di trovare in maniera pratica e veloce la musica adatta al proprio stato d’animo. La radio offre una selezione musicale costantemente aggiornata con 50mila brani provenienti dai migliori blog internazionali (Stereogum, Pitchforkmedia, Blogotheque e molti altri) e oltre 80 playlist con una classificazione mood-oriented: ogni traccia è taggata per emozioni e distribuita in mood e activity-based playlist. Grazie a questa nuova modalità di fruizione, Stereomood conta più di un milione di visitatori unici mensili, 275mila utenti registrati e il 75% di visitatori di ritorno.Un mese di attività nella palestra imprenditoriale di One Market (San Francisco) è previsto invece per gli altri finalisti della Mind the Bridge Competition: Archimedia con ILIKE.TV (Cross-media social network – un nuovo modello di programma televisivo che coinvolge gli spettatori); D-ORBIT (dispositivi per riportare satelliti nell’atmosfera e distruggerli quando smettono di lavorare, fornendo accesso pulito e sicuro allo spazio); NEXTSTYLER (Piattaforma web che fornisce una vetrina per gli stilisti emergenti unita a un negozio online che consente una nuova esperienza di acquisto); TIMBUKTU (prima rivista su iPad per bambini che visualizza notizie e storie attraverso rivoluzionari metodi di educazione); VINSWER (Marketplace che consente agli utenti di monetizzare la propria expertise attraverso video chat a pagamento); VIVOCHA (piattaforma multicanale di Online Customer Interaction che propone agli utenti Internet di interagire con un operatore di contact center in tempo reale senza configurazioni o installazioni).

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