Identity crime costs Australia an estimated $36 billion each year, with one in four Australians falling victim to identity or cybercrime in their lifetime according to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). Equifax, the global data, analytics and technology company, today announced the launch of its Employee Protect product, designed to help Australian businesses keep their employees safe from identity theft and cybercrime.

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Combating cybercrime may now be the single most crucial risk-management activity for every Australian company. 

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Wherever there is data, there are answers. But there are right answers, and there are wrong answers.

Good-quality data can be relied upon to give valuable insights for better decision making, but the same can't be said of low-quality data. Data that is incomplete, dated or not fit for purpose can result in inaccurate or misleading outcomes.

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Strong personal loan growth constrained by decreased demand for BNPL, credit cards and auto loans. Consumer credit demand eased in Q4 2021, as factors including supply chain issues and a resurgence in COVID cases impacted consumer spending behaviour.

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Business credit demand bounced back from Delta lockdowns in Q4 2021, with business loan applications driving a third straight quarter of growth. Despite the overall upward trend, however, the pace of growth has eased in recent months, and the spike in Omicron cases has cast a shadow on the prospect of continued commercial credit growth into Q1 2022. 

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Protecting sensitive employee data is a vital business concern, but some HR processes like employment income verification are crying out for a security upgrade.

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Increasingly sophisticated cybercrime threats in Australia are encouraging organisations to evolve their security culture, reporting structures and level of preparedness, according to a new Red Paper released today by global data, analytics and technology company Equifax.

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Overhauling manual systems and embracing digitisation is a key imperative for HR leaders, yet not all can afford the price tag that comes with digital enablement. Thankfully there’s a middle ground. A path that allows for innovation and growth while meeting budgetary constraints.

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Australian-based global software company, Inspect Real Estate (IRE), could see a need to make the tenant application and screening process faster and easier for property professionals and property seekers. 

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Consumer credit demand set to shake off lingering impacts of COVID

Consumer credit demand continues its upward trajectory in Q3 2021, with early indications of further recovery in the coming months. Data from the first week of NSW reopening after 15-weeks in lockdown shows a jump in demand for auto loans (+33.0%), mortgages (+15.0%) and personal loans (+10.0%) compared to the previous week in lockdown.

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