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Control The Data You Collect Or Face The Peril Of Problems

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 07:04 AM

Facebook has lost $100B in value — and its money problems...

Facebook's value drops $40B as stock tumbles over data scandal

Facebook value drops by $37bn amid privacy backlash - BBC News

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Topics: data security, paper filing, Canadian IT, it security

Good Customer Service Important Through Out Organizations

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

Sometimes organizations loose sight of how every interaction in their work has customer service implications.  Sometimes it is possible to loose clients, suppliers or others through oversights due to a loss of focus.  

Every part of an organization has customer service implications and the people responsible must be encouraged to ensure that they do their best to support a positive corporate image.  Recently, I have seen a couple of instances where the lack of simple tools makes good customer service tough.

A little real life experience:

Last fall my wife and I had the opportunity to take a two week packaged tour to Italy conducted by Trafalgar Tours.  Trafalgar is one of the biggest tour companies in the world with some 20 or so brands under their banner.  They work hard to promote their tours with lots of advertising, good information and varied choices through out the world.

Our tour was conducted by a talented, very capable Tour Director who worked exceedingly hard to deliver the trip in a top notch manner.  At the end of the tour while headed to our last night everyone was asked to fill in a paper tour evaluation while on the bus. 

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Topics: Customer service, Canadian IT

Cost Of Cybercrime Exceeds $600 Billion Us

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 @ 08:03 AM

Anyone watching the political situation in the US knows that cybercrime has become more than just an economic tool.  The political use of cybercrime is potentially even more critical to the world than the economic impacts but understanding this should not have any of us forget how critical the dollar costs are. 

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Topics: Canadian IT, encryption, ransomware, WIFI Security, malware, it security, cyber security

Cyber Security Headlines 2017 Activity

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 07:12 AM

All of the controversy around the issues of the Russian intervention in the US and other country's elections sometimes covers how important cyber security and the ability of IT networks to be secure is to everyday activity.  If the general media was only focused on the political consequences of hacking of IT systems we would not hear about how some of the daily things we do are affected. 

Some headlines which show Canada is not immune to the issues:

Canadian SMBs hit by ransomware paid out $5.7 million over 12 months: Survey

Interac outlines how it plans to secure Canada's digital identity service

Cyber security a focus of UN Internet governance conference

Canadian firm pays $425,000 to recover from ransomware attack

The costs associated with building systems, acquiring protection software and spending time to keep on top of current threats are all things which we as consumers end up paying for as they get incorporated into the costs of the goods and services which we use.

A recent CNN summary itemizes some of the biggest stories which have occurred including the 145 million accounts from the Equifax hack, the announcement the total of 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hacked in 2013 and closer to home the fact an Ancaster hacker connected to Russians has now pleaded guilty to hacking up to 500 million Yahoo accounts from 2014.

These kinds of events kind of make use glaze over as we figure there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves but we do know that Canadian organizations are forced to spend large amounts to attempt to build protections for us.

We end up having to deal with less convenient systems as things like double authentication security start being applied to our online accounts.  Cumbersome conventions which force us to not be able to directly connect to some financial activity without using fairly difficult security procedures frustrate people and lead them to avoid using electronic systems.

Of course the convenience provided by electronic communications including credit and debit transactions hook most of us into continuing to stay connected and to hope that our information will be held secure by the organizations we buy from.  Every effort which can be made to help secure online transactions (which include most cash register systems) will pay dividends in consumer confidence hopefully.

Looking ahead to 2018 we can only hope that cyber security will remain a high priority for the legitimate IT industry and that break throughs can occur which will frustrate those who seek to illegitimately use electronic data.

Lee K

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Topics: data security, Canadian IT, cyber security

$10,000 Bitcoin Price Means Challenges For IT Security

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 @ 07:12 AM

Since its creation in 2009/10 bitcoin crypto currency has always had a kind of unreal story.  The concept of a globally exchanged currency without a nation as a sponsor or guarantor which is traded by person to person or company to company transactions without a banking system regulator was unreal until it happened.

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Topics: Canadian IT, malware, it security

Connectivity Means Competitive Advantage

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 07:11 AM

Virtually every business today has some sort of need for connectivity for its computer and IT needs.  Whether it is using cloud based applications to process data and transactions or using a cloud based data backup strategy the ability to get on line safely and quickly is almost a given.  

Unfortunately not all locations are equal in providing competitive options for businesses to get this needed connectivity.  The greater the need and the more intensive the connected traffic then the more the locational decision for a business can be impacted.

In a couple of articles over the past month ITbusiness.ca has shown how cities and their partners are starting to look at these issues.  The focus of these articles are on Toronto and the announcement about the Google neighbourhood announced for the water front and also on a plan to rate buildings in Toronto on their connectivity capability as a means to build competitive advantage.  

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Topics: IT network, Canadian Pricing, Canadian IT

Fast Mobile Speeds Canada's New National Railway

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 @ 07:06 AM

Internet access speeds are always an issue unless you are connected in a corporate environment which offers super fast fiber or other connection.  For mobile users it never seems that connection speeds are quick enough. 

Of course if you are depending upon a WiFi connection for your mobile device the issue becomes even more hit and miss.  

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Topics: Canadian Pricing, Canadian IT

IT Security | Passwords And Challenges

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

There can almost never be enough said about how to keep IT networks secure from those who seem bent on creating problems by hacking or stealing information.  The first line of defense for every operation is the password protection used by computer users to login to their workstations and applications. 

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Topics: data security, network security, Canadian IT

Google Announces Intent To Open Canadian Region Cloud Centre

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

On March 9th Google announced its intention to build a Canadian Region Cloud Centre based in Montreal.  This is a significant announcement for Canadian customers and it means that all of the big three hosting services will have Canadian resident facilities to support cloud access from Canada.  AWS and Microsoft already offer this option for businesses who wish to connect their hosting and storage to a Canadian location. 

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Topics: cloud computing, data security, Canadian IT

Tech Industry Responses To Trump Travel Ban Shows Global Integration

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 @ 07:02 AM

Whatever your political stripe the broad response of the Tech industry in Canada and the US to the immigration and travel ban proposed by the Trump administration shows graphically how broadly based the industry is when it looks for talent.

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Topics: it, Canadian IT