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WESLEY McGREW — Exposing the skill gap in information security

Imagine if your business’ attorneys and CPAs had only a week of training in their profession. At the end of that week, they were given the opportunity to take a multiple choice test (for which their training acted as a “cram” session). Like an unqualified lawyer or accountant, an inexperienced, poorly trained, or careless information security professional could cause immeasurable ...

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Study concludes state losing up to $122 million by not taxing remote sales

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Mississippi lost between $105.6 million and $122.7 million in tax revenue in 2016 by people making remote purchases, such as through catalogs or on the internet, where they did not have to pay taxes, according to a new study by the University Research Center. Of that lost revenue, between $56.4 million and $67.8 million was ...

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Smaller states rejoice as Amazon finally collects sales tax

Many online shoppers in the United States have for years had to pay state sales taxes whenever they buy goods from Amazon. But the Seattle e-commerce giant has dragged its feet on collecting sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn’t have any distribution centers or corporate offices. That’s quickly changing this year. And governors and state ...

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Official: Amazon to start charging tax on Mississippi sales

Mississippi’s chief tax collector has announced that internet retailing titan Amazon will collect Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax beginning Feb. 1. “I appreciate Amazon for voluntarily stepping forward to collect the Mississippi sales tax,” Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson said Tuesday in a statement. “I hope that other e-retailers will follow the lead of Amazon.” Those other sellers may not have ...

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WSN lets schools dive into the video stream

By JACK WEATHERLY A football game last fall between perennial Mississippi powerhouse South Panola and Clinton High drew 9,000 viewers on WSN. No, WSN isn’t a television station. It’s a streaming network. Such demand was latent until recent years when digital technology created an audience. The Collierville, Tenn.-based video streaming company was born in the laboratory of Innovate Mississippi in ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Being a “compliant” victim of cybercrime

When I discuss cybersecurity with business leaders, the most common misconception I see involves the role of security compliance. In my last column, I described the reality of cybercrime, a wild frontier of advanced attackers that can critically damage your business with impunity. In this dangerous environment, it’s important to realize that compliance alone will not protect you. Recently, the ...

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DRONES TO THE RESCUE — State colleges combine skills to build ambulance drones

By BECKY GILLETTE Italo Subbarao, DO, MBA, senior associate dean with the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is an emergency physician with a specialty in disaster medicine and emergency response. The former director of the American Medical Association Public Health Readiness Office in Chicago is now using his experience to work with Hinds Community College to develop ambulance ...

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Comcast grants to provide children’s organizations with mentoring, tech support

By NASH NUNNERY Comcast Corp. is helping conquer the great digital divide in Mississippi. Last month, the global media and technology company awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mississippi with $37,000 in grants to support technology and mentoring programs. The grants, made through the Comcast Foundation, will benefit youth in the ...

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