B2B News for Thursday, October 28, 2021: More Digital Nomad Options, the Cybersecurity Workforce and Home Delivery Packaging

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The phrase “winter is coming” is so over-used, but Canadians really, really like it. Especially while reviewing ever-growing lists of Digital Nomad Resident visas on offer to “location independent” workers and entrepreneurs. The plans often come from Caribbean and South American nations cashing in on application fees and hefty bank deposits far-remote workers make to prove they can access all the financial support they need. The world, it appears, is finally starting to appreciate the lessons Canada has taught it about charging burdensome immigration processing fees.

New and upgraded work from anywhere tools are entering the market at a great rate. Cradlepoint, for example, a provider of cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions has announced updates to its E100 Series Enterprise Routers to meet the connectivity, security and IT management demands of our work-from-anywhere world.

The E100 Series Enterprise Routers were designed specifically for work-from-anywhere use cases leveraging LTE cellular connectivity.

“We are seeing the first wave of work from home solutions fail to address the long-term security, performance and IT extensibility requirements,” said Donna Johnson, senior vice president of product and solution marketing at Cradlepoint. “Unlike traditional remote access solutions, Cradlepoint ensures a connection that is fully isolated from the user’s unsecure and uncontrolled home network, while providing organizations the ease of management that they need at a global scale.”

Press release: https://cradlepoint.com/press-release/work-from-anywhere-cradlepoint-unveils-enhanced-wireless-edge-solutions-to-relieve-the-it-burden-of-a-growing-global-remote-workforce/

The promise of remote work has brought cyber security issues to the fore. And, unfortunately, the worst of these is not the threat of sand getting into your laptop. Earlier this week, (ISC)², an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world, released its Cybersecurity Workforce Study.

The study showed a decrease in the global workforce shortage for the second consecutive year. The decrease is down from 3.12 million to 2.72 million cybersecurity professionals. The study names two significant contributing factors to this estimate:

700,000 new entrants joined the cybersecurity field since 2020. This increases in the available supply of professionals to 4.19 million people.

The workforce gap for every region, other than Asia-Pacific, increased. The researchers say the Data suggests slower economic recovery from the pandemic and its impact on small businesses and critical sectors like IT services is contributing to the relative softness in demand for cybersecurity professionals compared to North America, Europe and Latin America.

For parents nudging their teenagers to STEM careers, note that even with 700,000 new entrants, demand continues to outpace the supply of talent. The study says the global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 65% to effectively defend organizations’ critical assets.

Press release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/isc-cybersecurity-workforce-study-sheds-new-light-on-global-talent-demand-amid-a-lingering-pandemic-301408345.html

You know, there was a time when “remote work” meant flying or boating into a logging or mining camp. Three weeks in, one week out at home was a typical contract. Those workers, whether they were loggers, miners, nurses or Frontier College tutors in disguise, there was a key difference between them and today’s work-from-anywhere digital nomads – besides the back-breaking manual labor – and that is, they did not get everything delivered.

Whether it’s the endless reams of plastic our latest Priority Post or FedEx delivery came covered in, or the insulated bags the SkipTheDishes driver has had to invest in, the packaging industry has been expanding and growing since the pandemic began. That growth is not limited to the size of your local landfill.

Sustainable, reusable packaging is also a growing concern. Nefab Group AB has acquired Reflex Packaging Group, a producer of sustainable thermoformed cushioning. Reflex Packaging will continue to operate as a separate entity inside the Nefab Group.

“The market demand for sustainable cushioning solutions in industrial packaging is increasing fast. Reflex Packaging’s state-of-the-art cushioning trays, made from 100% recycled and ocean bound plastic, combined with Nefab’s global presence, will make sustainable cushioning solutions available for the market worldwide,” says Staffan Pehrson, President and CEO of Nefab Group.

Press release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nefab-acquires-reflex-packaging-group-301410881.html

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Kate Baggott

Kate Baggott is a former Managing Editor of B2BNN. Her technology and business journalism has appeared in the Technology Review, the Globe and Mail, Canada Computes, the Vancouver Sun and the Bay Street Bull. She is the author of the short story collections Love from Planet Wine Cooler and Dry Stories. Find links to recent articles by following her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-baggott-9a0306/