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While being a constant in the networking business for enterprises and mid-market companies, Cisco has been somewhat 'in and out" with SMBs according to VP for ANZ at Cisco Ken Boal. But during Cisco Live yesterday, he said that the company is now "Here to stay" for SMBs.

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Classic decluttering advice - the kind of stuff you've been reading on Lifehacker for years - starts with getting rid of what you don't use or need. But are you applying the same principle to your systems? A demonstration of an old vulnerability in SMB 1at DEFCON highlights this, with a Windows Server rendered useless by a Raspberry Pi and a few lines of code. Beneath the surface of your apps, lie dangerous vulnerabilities.

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If there’s one thing most small business owners are short on, it’s time. Working in a small team, or even by yourself, means you often have to wear multiple hats – from receptionist to CEO, you have to do it all.

That’s why savvy business owners are always on the lookout for ways to save time, and hassle running their small business. Luckily, it seems the team at Australia Post understand the struggles of small business owners, improving on their offering with initiatives like MyPost Business – a range of time saving products designed specifically with small businesses in mind.

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Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have seen a jump in confidence in the third quarter of 2016 and continues to have a buoyant outlook for the rest of the year, according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute SME Index. This is despite continued pressure on profitability. The optimism could be a result of recent interest rate cuts and the fact that it's getting close to the Christmas season, a busy period for SMBs. Read on to find out more.

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The costs of global terrorism on business go beyond the destruction caused in the attacks, to impact the value of brands and supply chains for products, new research shows. It can also give a competitive edge to some companies while destroying others. In the 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, terrorism and its tragic consequences have become transnational in nature and in impact. Terrorism moved from an unquantifiable uncertainty to a risk, with an ever-increasing frequency that exceeded 70,000 attacks within the last 15 years. The cost of these attacks on human lives is alarming and devastating. But today, we step back and take a closer look at the impact of terrorism on businesses.

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Optus has announced a renewed focus on "tailored SMB solutions" for Australia's two million-plus small business owners. As part of its Small Business Network strategy, 126 new small business specialist stores have been created, along with a local call centre dedicated to SMB customers. It's also roped in Ian Thorpe and Mark Wahlberg to help spruik the service. As you do.

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Small business owners are constantly under pressure to work more and often still have to fulfil family duties. It feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. One entrepreneur thinks the only way to get more time back and give yourself an energy boost is to do less. Here's what she has to say.

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Growth is never a bad thing for a business. As your operation changes from a one-man band to a team of 10, you need to ensure that you alter the way you run the company. What worked when you were going at it alone may not be the best approach for a growing business. We have some advice on this topic.