November 2021
Newsletter
CHAMBER MEETING INFORMATION
Our next meeting will be
Thursday, November 4th, 2021 @ 7pm
Please see your email for the Zoom meeting link.
We wanted to pass on some useful information about the campaign.
 
A maximum of 4 passports can be stamped with one transaction (i.e., A single purchase over $960) or $10 spent for each stamp.

The early bird draw will take place November 22nd

The final draw will take place December 21st

Prizes include 2 draws of $500 each for the early bird, and 4 draws at $500 each for the last draw.

A Note about the Blackfalds Bucks if you are new to how they work:
  • They are cash equivalent at participating business (which can be found inside the passport).
  • Treat them like cash and give real cash back if the purchase is less than the buck amount.
  • Contact us for reimbursement of the bucks. We generally give cash for amounts less than $200 and a cheque if over that.
  • You can save up the bucks and contact us or submit as you collect them.
  • The bucks are not legal tender and do NOT go into your deposit.
Where to redeem:
i)      Contact the Chamber by email if you require an amount over $200
ii)     Go to Ing & Mckee Insurance and our President, Kevin Hallet will reimburse you for the smaller amounts. We recommend you email him first to see if he is available at khallet@ingandmckee.com
 
Thank you everyone! We hope for a fun and successful season of Passport to Christmas!
Non Profit Spotlight
REGISTER NOW! Full Day Training Session. An opportunity for professional development and networking. (In conjunction with Victim & Survivors of Crime Week). To learn more and to download the registration form visit: https://www.victimsupport.ca/
Help support keeping kids in Blackfalds warm this winter by bidding on some yummy desserts!!
Winners For Business of the Year 2021
Congratulation to the following businesses for making the top 3 in their categories: 7-Eleven, Central Alberta Coop, Blackfalds Professional Pharmacy, Dancers Edge, Annie's Family Restaurant, Resolve Bar & Grill, Blackfalds IGA, Buy-Low Foods and Servus Credit Union
New Cyber Security and Business Survey Reveals Majority of Businesses Have Experienced Cyber Incidents – But Nearly Three Quarters Didn’t Report It
EDMONTON, AB, October 25, 2021 — A recent Cyber Security and Business Survey revealed nearly two thirds (61 per cent) of businesses have experienced a cyber security incident, yet almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of businesses didn’t report it. Delivered through a partnership between the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre) and the National Chambers Insight Community (NCIC), which comprises the provincial and territorial Chambers of Commerce across Canada, the Cyber Security and Business Survey was conducted to identify how prepared businesses are for cyber security threats. The findings of this survey will help inform future education offerings, resources, and programs from the Cyber Centre for small- and medium-sized businesses and increase awareness of those programs and resources on a national level.

Of the 468 respondents, only 46 per cent have an employee responsible for managing day-to-day IT security for their organization. Over two-thirds of businesses do not know that the federal government provides resources and tools to combat cyber security threats.

“In an increasingly digital world, it’s essential for job creators to have access to a secure online environment,” says Ken Kobly, President and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. “Our network of Alberta chambers was pleased to partner with the Cyber Centre and our provincial and territorial counterparts to research this incredibly timely issue.”

While 72 per cent of responding businesses rated their level of cyber security knowledge as average, above average, or expert, many have experienced a cyber security incident. Eighty-eight per cent reported having a good or strong sense of what items, assets, or devices require protection in their organization.

“Small- and medium-sized businesses are critical to Canada’s economy, and a key part of the Cyber Centre’s mandate is to make its services available to them,” said Sami Khoury, Head of the Cyber Centre. “We work with partners like the NCIC to better understand their members’ needs. By working together, these efforts help us to offer innovative cyber security tools and resources that help Canadian businesses stay safe online.”

Key Findings: Day-To-Day Business Operations

Of the 468 responding businesses:

1.      46 per cent have an employee responsible for managing day-to-day IT security for their organization.
  • 18 per cent have an employee dedicated to IT, and 28 per cent outsource the responsibility to an IT firm.
2.      47 per cent do not own intellectual property (IP) that would be valuable to a
competitor if stolen.
  • For the businesses who own valuable IP, the top value items are business plans (28 per cent), propriety data sets (24 per cent), and project management plans (18 per cent).
3.      88 per cent have a good sense of what items, assets, and/or devices require protection in their organization
  • 36 per cent of businesses periodically review their items, assets and/or devices as a priority.

Key Findings: Cyber Security Knowledge

Of the 468 responding businesses:

4.      72 per cent would rate their level of cyber security knowledge as average, above average, or expert.
5.      61 per cent have encountered a cyber security incident before, however, 74 per cent of that group did not report the incident.
  • The top cyber security incidents encountered by organizations are phishing (49 per cent) and malware (30 per cent).
6.      The most common cyber security technical measures applied in organizations are:
  • System and information backups for all devices (75 per cent)
  • Software updates and patching (71 per cent)
  • Administrative access (50 per cent)
7.      Google cloud is the most common cloud service among businesses (36 per cent).
  • 25 per cent of businesses do not use cloud services. Thirty-four per cent of that group plan to move to cloud services over time.
8.      The most common cyber security business practices implemented in organizations are:
  • Password and account management policies (62 per cent)
  • Document security (62 per cent)
  • Physical access control (49 per cent)
 
Full results of the Cyber Security and Business Survey can be viewed here.
Chamber Email Address Has Changed
The Blackfalds & District Chamber of Commerce has a new email address. We want to ensure that we remain in touch, so please take a moment to update our information as we are no longer using the old email address. Our new email is blackfaldschamber@outlook.com.
Board Member Vacancy
Do you wish to become more involved in your community and have your say on what is important to you when it comes to local business and current affairs? We would love to have you join the Board as Vice President.
Email the chamber and we will be sure to include you in our next meeting.
With many important issues and current economic conditions we need reputable people to help in any way they can.
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