CyberGuru’s Chief Guru addresses aspiring ICT professionals on emerging tech, opportunities and skills

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru addresses aspiring ICT professionals on emerging tech, opportunities and skills

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru addresses aspiring ICT professionals on emerging tech, opportunities and skills

CyberGuru’s Chief Guru, Chris Jeffery, presented on the topic, “Emerging tech, opportunities and skills”, as part of the Tech and Employability Skills Conference organised by Australian Computer Society (ACS) Queensland Branch at River City Labs on 27 February 2020. It was well received with over 100 professional year and domestic tertiary ICT students in attendance.

The event is targeted towards students currently completing their professional year or domestic tertiary studies in ICT. It highlighted technical and soft-skills in demand, highlighting ways in which you can stand out and succeed as a skilled ICT professional.

In the presentation, Chris spoke of the evolution of cyber security from his perspective from 23 years in business. Covering significant cyber security dates in history, perspectives from 1997, 2007 and 2017 and onto 2020, describing the challenge of looking after your “digital house” and provided various examples of social engineering. He also shared various tips to ensure professionals were protecting themselves.

One of the attendees wrote to Chris afterwards saying, “I absolutely loved your session! It had very useful information which might not be a 100% relevant for me today but definitely would be in the future.”.

With many questions, comments and feedback coming from the participants, it’s great to see the passion and interest in the industry for the generation of professionals coming through!

Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

Microsoft Teams, reportedly the fastest growing app from Microsoft, has been around for nearly two years now. It is known as the hub for teamwork in Office 365 providing call, chat, videos and meetings, Microsoft Teams is the integration of a number of Microsoft Office programs, including OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, and OneNote. It is replacing Skype for Business. It is sometimes referred to as a simplified SharePoint.

Microsoft Teams allows you to manage your organisations’ communications through:

  • Share and collaborate on files.
  • Messaging including persistent 1:1 private and group chat.
  • Provide voice and video calling.
  • It also closely integrates with other programs, including Outlook, Planner and third-party products.

Microsoft Teams

If you are currently using Skype for Business, you will receive a message that “Your upgrade to Teams is scheduled” to Microsoft Teams. Generally, you receive a few weeks’ notice. If you have been using Skype for Business as part of a standalone subscription or as part of Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, Enterprise E1 or Enterprise E3 subscription, you will receive the message in the coming months.

We strongly encourage beginning preparations to move to Teams as soon as possible by:

  • having Microsoft Teams installed on your computers and devices (as after the upgrade, Skype for Business no longer will operate)
  • provide your staff training on how to use Teams.

If you are in need of assistance to undertake this upgrade, or are not already using Teams and would like some training, CyberGuru can provide help with this as well. Please contact us for more information.

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Social media: Different options and professional set up

Community Management Solutions Webinar

According to the 2018 Yellow Social Media Report*, just over 50% of Australian small and medium businesses have a social media presence. With an increasing number of users are seeking information in this way, an active social media presence is becoming increasingly important.

Presented by Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru, this webinar will give you with the tools to:

  • Know what social media is suitable to your organisation,
  • How other organisations use social media to further their businesses/causes,
  • How social media can benefit your organisations,
  • How to make it work for you, and
  • Where to go for help.

CyberGuru is a Community Management Solutions Corporate Partner and has been operating in Brisbane Northern Suburbs for 21 years, providing ICT services to small businesses, not-for-profit organisations and individuals in the areas of consulting, design, support and training.

Cost: Members: Free | Non-members: $35
Date: 15 November 2018 | Time: 12:00pm

Please visit the Community Management Solutions Facebook page or contact Community Management Solutions Member Services today for more details on 1300 007 110 or shaeb@cmsolutions.org.au.

* Source:Yellow – Social Media Report 2018 – Businesses (link opens in new window)

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

After twenty years of faithful service the familiar Microsoft Office ribbon, containing your menus and commands, is going to change. As part of the latest round of updates, a new look is being rolled out progressively across the Office programs, beginning with Outlook. But don’t worry, you will have two choices of ribbon – the simplified ribbon or the classic ribbon.

If you have been using Office for a while, you will begin to notice some changes to the look and feel of the various products. Starting with Outlook, Microsoft is revising how the user interface appears. The simplified ribbon aims to help users “focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others”. The simplified ribbon will streamline the existing top section of the screen, reducing the space it takes up on the screen.

Here’s an example of how it looks in Outlook:

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office - Example of Ribbon changes - Microsoft Outlook
Example of Ribbon changes – Microsoft Outlook

You can switch between the simplified ribbon and the classic ribbon by using the switch icon, which is located near the top right of the window.

These changes will also follow on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the ribbon has a new appearance with new colours and icons and has been designed to scale on screens of any size.

For more information on the simplified ribbon, please see the Use the Simplified Ribbon support page (link opens in new window) and reference guide (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru provides consulting, training and support in Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a range of other products. If you would like to know more or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, please contact us.

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

Last Friday 17 August, Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru presented to over 80 senior citizens of the Brisbane’s northside community on Cyber Safety, including both phone and internet scams at the Seniors Safety Forum.

The Seniors Safety Forum, the third of which Chris has presented, is an annual event held in the local area and hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Councillor Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward, as part of Queensland Seniors Week.

In his session, Chris discussed a range of phone scams, including charity scams and the more recent NBN scams. He also addressed spamming and phishing, as well as tips for online shopping, passwords, internet security software, backups and more.

CyberGuru joined alongside other local organisations, including Council for the Ageing, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, All About Living Sandgate, Home Assist Secure Sandgate, iHear to discuss safety in the home and in the community in the joint forum.

Chris fielded a range of questions from the audience after the session and provided copies of The Little Black Book of Scams to all who visited his display.

We thank Stirling and Jared for having us. If you would like any information on cyber safety, or presenting at an event which you feel would benefit, please contact us.

If would like any information about Seniors Safety Forum or other upcoming events as part of Queensland Seniors Week, please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website.