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Canadian Government Plans New Cyber Security Strategy

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 07:06 AM

Stories continue to abound about cyber attacks, hacking and new potential threats to the security of Canada's IT systems.  For many SMEs the thoughts of addressing the many potential threats, while they work hard to provide business growth, good service to customers and returns on investment, is pretty challenging.  Since for many companies the IT environment is still kind of unknowable territory especially when looking at security issues it is not hard to accept that they can become overwhelmed by all of the negative news.  

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT, it security, cyber security

European Privacy Legislation Has Impact For Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 6, 2018 @ 07:06 AM

Its been a couple of weeks since the new EU privacy legislation has come into effect.  This legislation is the strongest and most defined legislation dealing with the use of data collected through online activities and could easily become a model for what happens in other jurisdictions including  Canada and the US.

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Topics: data security, Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT

Proposed Federal Election Act Changes Address Election Hacking

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 07:05 AM

The Canadian Federal Government has introduced revisions to the Canada Elections Act designed to address concerns about how electronic interference affects future voting.  Given all the controversy about US, European and other jurisdictions being affected by both individual and country sponsored hacking during elections this is a timely and important topic for Canada given the numbers of elections coming over the next couple of years,

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT, cyber security

Canadian Government Builds New Centralized Website

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

Any organization that has set out to build a new website after having built its presence over time will acknowledge that creating the revised site can be a difficult and monstrous task.  When that new site is designed to become the online portal to the government of Canada it is easy to see that it will become controversial and will be a major challenge.

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT

Wind Power May Have Value Without Subsidy | Microsoft Buy

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 08:11 AM

Recent announcements about Microsoft contracting for massive amounts of wind generated power to run several of its data centres causes me to think that this kind of  renewable energy just may have a good life without massive government structured subsidies.  

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Topics: technology tools, Canadian Legislation, Environment, Canadian Pricing

Rapid Technology Changes Challenge Government Action

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 08:04 AM

Everyone knows that we live in a time of rapid technology change.  This is especially true in communication technologies as the mobile revolution has built a whole new way to attack many activities.

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Topics: technology tools, privacy, Canadian Legislation, spam, Canadian IT

Microsoft Finally Rolls Out Azure Cloud In Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

One of the challenges for organizations wishing to use cloud services for their computing from a Canadian base has been the access to appropriate services based in the Canadian political jurisdiction.  This has been especially true when considering Microsoft cloud services as up to now there were no Canadian based data centres run by Microsoft.

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Topics: Document, data security, Canadian Legislation, Canadian IT

New Government, New IT, Things To Consider

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

The Canadian IT World

A little over a month ago Canada elected a new majority government.  To say it has a different view of the country and the issues being faced than the previous one would be an understatement.  Already we can see that in some ways it is going to fundamentally change the way the country operates.  Whether those changes are for good, bad or are just different will only be known as time passes.  

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Topics: Canadian Legislation, it, Canadian IT

Microsoft Announces Canadian Cloud Data Centres

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 07:06 AM

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Topics: cloud computing, business processes, Canadian Legislation

1.1 Million Fine Shows CASL Is Serious.

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 07:03 AM

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Topics: e-mail, Canadian Legislation