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Data Security Best Practices for Mitigating Risk

Data protection for manufacturers is not easy. With increased cyber-attacks, regulation changes, shrinking budgets, and a complicated political cross-border environment – data protection can feel like just another burden on the IT team. Today’s growing manufacturing organizations face IT challenges that include increasing costs, evolving business requirements and aging technology. Finding new solutions focusing on […]

Financial Services Part 3: 6 Steps to Avoid Cyber Security Risks

With the adoption of GDPR and the Canadian government providing regulatory support in combatting the threat of personal data protection, it’s a chance for organizations – both big and small – to create their own cybersecurity plan. What can companies do to recognize and combat cybercrime and improve their cyber-education? Here are some tips and […]

Financial Services – Part 2: Regulatory Compliance and Data Management

In part one of our Financial Services series Maintain Control of your Data in the Face of an Attack, we discussed the different types of security threats you may face. In part two we will review the regulatory changes the GPDR has created for financial services firms and how the Canadian Government has responded to […]

Financial Services – Part 1: Maintain Control of your Data in the Face of an Attack

The financial services industry is a routine target for cybercriminals, more so than any other industry. From ransomware to phishing attacks, the first half of 2018 has seen a surge in cybersecurity activity with a significant breach in two of the largest Canadian banks. Cyberattacks may be unavoidable but, in an industry as crucial as […]

Disaster Recovery and Backup are like a Free Puppy

When I was a young boy, I saw a sign on our street that said “free puppies”, with an adorable picture. Excited, I went to see my father and said “daddy daddy”, the puppies are free. Can I have one, pleeeeas? My father reminded me that a puppy is a lot of responsibility. It’s not […]

Is your organization GDPR compliant?

GDPR, a set of new rules for data collection and storage, took effect on May 25th, 2018. The purpose of the regulation is to provide individuals with more control over their own data and communicate how that data is collected, stored, processed and used – no matter the location. For the first time, monetary sanctions […]

Use Comparative Advantage To Become a Better CIO

Imagine that 3 people want to each open a sandwich shop. One man is a butcher, another is a farmer, and the third is a baker. The butcher is an expert with meats. The farmer is an expert with produce. And the baker is an expert at making bread. Each is the master of their […]

Alarm Fatigue – When Your Backups Cry Wolf

What would happen if the fire alarm in your office went off at this very moment? Would there be a mad rush for the doors, or would most people just ignore it and keep working until they smelled smoke? As indicated by the Institute for Research in Construction, only about 25% of occupants react to […]

Backup’s Automation Paradox

In 1992, the Royal Majesty cruise ship ran aground because of an electrical problem with their GPS system. Despite the fact that it should have been clear to any experienced crewmember that the ship had been veering off-course, most simply assumed that the GPS system would correct itself or someone else would take on the […]

Air-Gap Backups

Imagine the following scenario: You’re the IT administrator for your company. To eliminate human error and physical media failure, you’ve implemented a fully-automated network backup solution that creates redundant backup copies across multiple physical sites. You’re following the greater part of the best practices. In any case, at that point something terrible happens. One of […]