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Coming clean: Massive data breaches prompt new Bill for mandatory reporting

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The prominent rise of hackers accessing large corporate data sources has created a completely different landscape for the data security industry. In response to this, the Federal Government has released an exposure draft of new mandatory data breach notification laws that will form part of the  Privacy Amendment (Notification of Serious Data Breaches) Bill 2015 . Earmarked to be implemented in the first half of 2016,  these new laws will mandat e that any business, corporation or government organisation must report the loss or theft of data that originates with them. This will m...
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Storage Wars: Offshore metadata retention may pose security risks

Storage Wars Offshore metadata retention may pose security risks
Under the new metadata retention scheme that is now in operation, people in Australia will have their metadata collected and retained for two years. The new mandatory metadata retention laws are being touted as an integral way to monitor and prevent organised crime and terrorist activity. Metadata capturing and retention has both its avid supporters and protestors. Whether you are of the opinion that this is an overly costly invasion of everyone’s privacy or simply a means to track those who should be tracked, the facilitation and storage of this scheme’s information bi-products is entirely qu...
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Why you need a plan to deal with a data crisis

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Any interruption to your business could cost you dearly; in terms of lost revenue, reputation, and respect within the industry for failing to plan for such an event. It could even threaten the survival of your business in terms of decreased business productivity and invoicing. There are many possible events that can constitute a crisis and have a severe impact on your business operations. From natural occurrences such as flood, fire, rain or storm damage to man-made disasters such as theft, vandalism or loss of key staff; and then there are external threats such as acts of terrorism, supplier ...
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Top 5 reasons to outsource your document management

Top 5 reasons to outsource your document management
In the ever-expanding world of modern business, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume and commitment it takes to appropriately keep your records and information in order. Outsourcing your document management functions is the logical, but often daunting path to take. Here are the top 5 reasons why outsourcing document management is the smartest choice: Legal requirements  No matter what sector you are involved in, outsourcing your document management to a recognised and comprehensive information management service can significantly assist in adhering to your legally binding ...
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Giving insolvency practioners the tools they need for further transparency and accountability

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Industry wide, there is much debate and scrutiny around reforming insolvency laws, and the industry to ensure this sector is  highly transparent and regulated .  Due to the core activities needed to carry out their duties, the insolvency industry may have an unfortunate reputation to the wider community. However, in reality, Australia is far better served by its insolvency regime and practitioners than most give it credit for. Insolvency practitioners, certainly those belonging to their professional body, the  Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARI...
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Why Australian businesses need to develop a culture of privacy and risk management

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Speaking at an International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iaapANZ) seminar in Sydney, NSW Privacy Commissioner Doctor Elizabeth Coombs told delegates that some organisations she visits don’t see privacy as a high priority. “More organisations in New South Wales need to establish a culture of privacy and risk management rather than ignoring the issue,” she told the delegates. While Coombs conceded that people might see privacy management as one of the “driest subjects ever”, she pointed out that if organisations don’t know what information they have, there is ...
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Why operating as an independent innovator is so important for Compu-Stor

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The Document Management Services industry is made up of four major companies that account for more than half of the industry and then smaller, non-incorporated companies such as Compu-Stor. The reason for the dominance of these major players is not through outstanding customer service or security offers, it’s their aggressive strategy of buying smaller, innovative companies and swallowing up their customer base and technologies that is enabling them to grow. The strength and force of the major companies could make it difficult for some smaller companies to remain competitive, however, innovati...
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Product Spotlight: Document Conversion

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Does your business have all of your important records and information readily available? More and more companies are looking to move into the digital age and are looking for ways to manage their information electronically.  With our help your information could just be a few clicks away. If you are thinking about converting your paper documents into electronic records, the first question usually asked is, “Should I scan my files myself, or should I outsource this process?” While many choose to complete this process in-house, outsourcing your document imaging projects to an experienced serv...
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Compu-Stor Expands

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Compu-Stor has grown enormously over the last few years; not only the major service centre and warehouse in WA, but new facilities in VIC and NSW. The opening of our new Belmont, WA warehouse has given us a central Perth based hub as well as increasing our storage capacity by 1 million boxes. Our Melbourne, VIC APROS approved facility also has continued to grow, offering a wide range of storage options and space for our clients. The newest addition for Compu-Stor is our Sydney, NSW facility. Based in South-West Sydney, this purpose built facility ensures the highest level of security and safet...
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A New Look for Compu-Stor

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After being in business for over 35 years, we have decided to give the Compu-Stor logo a fresh look. While we are proud of our heritage and the fact that we’re still family owned, we have made some changes to our logo, and you’ll start seeing the new look on the Compu-Stor vans picking up documents and visiting our customers.
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Compu-Stor named finalist in Business Excellence Awards

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Compu-Stor is proud to announce its inclusion as a finalist for the  Hobson Bay Business Excellence Award.  As  one of the three finalists  in the  Transport and Warehousing  Category, Compu-Stor’s addition to the finalists list is in recognition of outstanding customer service and knowledgeable staff. The 2015 Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Awards celebrates inspirational local businesses that demonstrate  innovation ,  excellence  and  leading work practices . The awards also acknowledges outstanding local businesses with people who go above...
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Could your franchise business survive a data crisis?

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[Excerpt from guest article by Dale Rockell, Compu-Stor State Manager NSW, posted to  Business Franchise Australia ] Business interruption  can take many forms and can happen to any business irrespective of size or business model set up. The effects would largely be the same,  potentially damaging your franchise, business reputation, respect from customers and suppliers, and even threatening the survival of your business. Most modern businesses back up computer systems and customer data to avoid the disaster that would ensue if your server crashed and the data was unre...
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Why do I need document storage when I have the cloud?

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Cloud storage is certainly changing the face of data storage, and there are an increasing number of free cloud storage or online backup services available. Drop Box, Google Drive, One Drive are all great for sharing and storing photos, videos and personal files, however for efficient document storage and retrieval, they are not necessarily built for enterprise level businesses. Cloud storage is not necessarily a records management system; it simply allows you to store your records.  More robust records management systems are developed over many years’ experience in understand how records ...
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Thank you!

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Compu-Stor would like to send out sincere thanks to all of our customers, colleagues and friends who have generously supported our two Charities of Choice by buying our archive boxes. We are very proud to say that we will be donating a massive $9,580.00 between YGAP and the Vinnies CEO Sleepout from our archive box sales over the past year. For more information on these charities, go to  www.ygap.com.au  or  www.ceosleepout.org.au . Vinnies CEO Sleepout – Thursday 18 June There are now just two nights before Robert and Jeremy Manford join in this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout...
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Support our Charities of Choice

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Compu-Stor Records Management is very proud to continue our support of our two charities of choice, the St Vincent de Paul Society and YGAP, by donating for every archive box that we sell.   St Vincent de Paul Society There are more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night. Compu-Stor makes a donation from every box that we sell to the St Vincent de Paul Society, so by buying your document storage boxes from Compu-Stor, you are helping us to raise much-needed funds to help Vinnies provide care, friendship and support to people in need. YGAP YGAP is a not-for-profit...
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Belmont Small Business Awards 2014

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Compu-Stor has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 21st Belmont Small Business Awards in Perth. We are very proud of our dedicated and hardworking team in our Belmont head office, and congratulate them on this achievement. Winners will be announced at a presentation evening on Friday 31 October, and we wish them all the best!
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Compu-Stor – proud to support AIM Employment Services

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  Compu-Stor is proud to back the Autism Association of Western Australia through AIM Employment Services. This great video showcases the opportunities and support that businesses can take advantage of by employing an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We could not be happier with the employees who AIM have provided to us, and highly recommend them to any business. To learn more about the Autism Association of Western Australia and their fantastic work, please visit http://www.autism.org.au/
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CEO Sleepout Update

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There are now less than three weeks remaining until Jeremy and Robert Manford spend a freezing winter night outside to support the Vinnie’s CEO SleepOut. The competition has heated up between the boys to see who can raise the most money for this amazing cause, and right now Robert is in the lead. If you are in Western Australia and would like to see Robert keep in front of Jeremy,  click here  to donate. Victorians, get behind Jeremy and donate by  clicking here ! Every donation counts, and we’d like to thank everyone again for continuing to support Compu-Sto...
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Congratulations Robert!

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Robert Manford, Compu-Stor’s Director and Western Australia State Manager, has been recognised as one of the top 40 business leaders under 40 years old in Western Australia. Established in 2002 by Business News, the 40Under40 Awards programme recognises and celebrates Western Australia’s 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40, and has an alumnus of almost 500 business achievers. Robert manages 20 staff in Compu-Stor’s Perth office, and together they provide a high level of customer service through training and advice on records storage and management. As Compu-Sto...
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Compu-Stor’s Charities of Choice

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Compu-Stor Records Management is proud to throw our support behind two great charities throughout every year, YGAP and the St Vincent de Paul Society CEO SleepOut. YGAP YGAP is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to inspire social change across Australia, Asia and Africa through creative fundraising projects and innovative social enterprises.  In 2012, YGAP launched their 5cent campaign to collect five-cent coins over the five weeks in May.  Over a million coins were collected across Australia, raising over $50,000 towards projects geared towards lessening the effects of poverty in ...
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