Round 5 of the Small Business Digital Grants is now open!

Round 5 of the Small Business Digital Grants is now open!

Small Business Digital Grant

Do you need new some ICT equipment, a website upgrades such as for e-commerce or training to make the most out of your current environment or a combination of these? If so, then the Queensland Government’s Small Business Digital Grant Program might be just what you need.

Grants of up to $10,000 (matched by participants) are available to help small businesses access the latest digital technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness. All small businesses with a Queensland-based headquarters can apply.

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less for the last financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

If you are looking to enhance your business’ digital capabilities and you would us like to help you in applying for a grant, then contact us today.

Please note applications close at 5:00pm on 8 October 2018.

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru presenting at the Seniors Safety Forum

Calling all seniors! Chris Jeffery of CyberGuru has been invited to speak at the Seniors Safety Forum at Sandgate on Friday 17 August at 1:00pm.

As this is the first year he will have access to a projector, Chris will be able to show examples of spam and phishing emails and demonstrate what to look for when determining if an email is legitimate.

The forum is hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Cr Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward as part of National Seniors Week.

Seniors Safety Forum 2018 Flyer

For more information and to register please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website or call 07 3639 9100 (Stirling Hinchcliffe MP) or 07 3667 6011 (Cr Jared Cassidy).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

CyberGuru sponsoring 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference

CyberGuru sponsoring 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference

CyberGuru sponsoring 2018 Qld Schools VET Conference

CyberGuru is proud to be an again a sponsor at the 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference being held at Hilton Brisbane on 10 August 2018.

For many years, CyberGuru has been providing education and training services to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and schools, both public and private. These services focussed on developing teachers’ knowledge in the Information, Digital Media and Technology qualifications in Certificate I, III and III through CyberGuru’s professional development, training courses, learning resources and industry currency.

From next year in Queensland, an individual student’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score may be improved by their completion of a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification, such as a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology. Whilst the introduction of the Digital Solutions syllabus may be relevant to some schools and students, the practical nature of VET qualification such as the Information, Digital Media and Technology provides students with on-the-job skills and prepare them for their future careers.

We participated at last year’s Qld Schools VET Conference and over the last twelve months have seen the growth of uptake and interest in the Certificates in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

If you are a teacher, principal or RTO manager, who is looking to provide your students with a career opportunity in Information, Communications and Technology, please contact us for a complementary consultation and review of your training requirements.

For more details on the 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference, please visit the VELG Training page.

Celebrating our 21st birthday!

Celebrating our 21st birthday!

Celebrating our 21st birthday!

In July, CyberGuru celebrates a significant milestone. We have been proudly providing our clients with computer solutions for 21 years. We appreciate the continued business and support of our clients, family and friends. We have some been with us throughout this time – believe it or not, of our earliest clients are still with us!

Since our earliest beginnings, we have seen the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector develop and evolve over time. We are one year older than Google, and near seven years’ Facebook senior. When we began back in 1997, technology generally consisted of one shared computer per household at the time, and we look how now expanded to at least one computer per person – with many households having more computers than people!

Over this time, we have continued to expand our knowledge and skills with a range of platforms, devices and services, develop relationships with many trusted colleagues and business partners, and proudly support small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals with their ICT needs.

Who knows what the next 21 years will bring, however we know one thing – that it will continue to change. As celebrating with you over this year, we are gearing to further educating, empowering and enabling our clients to embrace and adopt these changes. We look forward look forward to continuing to support our clients into the future for a long-time yet!

CyberGuru proudly supporting 2018 Privacy Awareness Week

CyberGuru proudly supporting 2018 Privacy Awareness Week

2018 Privacy Awareness Week

CyberGuru is proud to be again a supporter of this year’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW). This PAW is all about promoting privacy as part of everyday business. Running from 13 to 19 May, the theme “Privacy: from principles to practice’ focuses on the need for organisations to develop and reassess systems, processes, culture, and practice to make sure the protection of customers” personal information comes first.

Your privacy and personal information is valuable to us, which is why we are a PAW 2018 supporter. To help you understand how we handle personal information, we:

  • Having our displayed privacy policy informing you how we handle your personal information, including collecting only required information necessary to provide our products and services to you and not sharing your information with third-parties unless consent is provided.
  • Ensuring our website and email communications are secure and protected using HTTPS, SSL and encryption technologies.

You can get involved in PAW by discussing privacy with your customers and staff and taking steps to handle your personal information with care. Here are a few quick tips you can use today:

  1. Review the privacy policy of any new app or website where you enter personal information.
  2. Use passwords with a combination of letters and numbers, which aren’t easy to guess that are over eight characters.
  3. Check the privacy settings on your social media profiles and change them to your preferences.
  4. Respect other people’s privacy – ask for permission to post images or videos where they are Identifiable.
  5. Check for the padlock symbol and “https” at the start of a URL – this indicates that the website is secure.

If you would like to find out more about PAW and how your organisation can protect your customers’ personal information, we encourage you visit the PAW website. If CyberGuru can assist you in implementing the suggested practices, please contact us.