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Canadian Government Data Breaches Increase In Number

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 07:10 AM

“As in years before, ‘accidental disclosure’ was the most common cause cited for breaches,” ..... “highlighting the need for institutions to ensure proper procedures are in place to protect Canadians’ personal information."  

This paragraph begins a report in IT World Canada outlining the summary of the Canadian Government experience in the period ending March 2016.  It shows that government information continues to be a target for hackers and others seeking to take advantage of the massive amounts of information that is collected by governments at all levels.  While the report referenced deals primarily with federal government information we can be sure that similar issues can arise in the broader public sector including provinces, municipalities and government agencies like education and hospitals.

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Topics: data security, network security

4 Top Data Security Practices | IT World Canada Video

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 08:09 AM

Data security is an issue for every connected company in Canada.  Figuring out what to do to help you keep your critical information safe is a challenge for everyone but probably even more of one for the typical business professional without solid IT background. 

This recent video published by IT World Canada offers some helpful insight through a Data Security Consultant's eyes which can assist business managers to focus some of their attention in the right places.  In most instances it will take the assistance of someone with a solid IT security technical background to set up your operations to carry out the suggestions made in this video, but it can go a long way to help you ask the right questions and perhaps determine who could be the right fit for your needs.

In summarizing the video, CSO Digital: Security Situations series editor Ryan Patrick highlight four things:

  • Implementing effective security awareness for all in your organization, new and old employees
  • Maintaining the right levels of access to data of each type, with privileged access only to those who need it
  • Protection of data at source, as close as possible to where it resides, internally or in the cloud
  • Implementing threat hunting practices to help identify activity on the network which is outside of the norm

 

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Topics: data security, IT network

Personal Information And Important Stored IT Data

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

One of the biggest issues for IT security and business operations is keeping their data safe and secure. 

There is a massive amount of material available about data backup, building redundancy for continued operations and how to teach people to be careful in providing access to company data. In spite of all of the effort and expense that is put into this field there are still too many data breaches.  

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Topics: data security, digital tools

Bitcoins And IT Impacts

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

Wouldn't it be nice to have the ability to create money?  Well in essence that is what happened back in 2008 when Bitcoins were invented.  

Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the inventor (or inventors perhaps) who created this online virtual currency.  For more of the story behind this event follow the link to the Wikipedia reference which outlines it in some detail.  

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Topics: data security, it, bitcoin

Microsoft Cloud Officially Opens in Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 07:05 AM

Of course Microsoft has been selling cloud services and cloud based software in Canada for several years now.  Office 365 has been one of their hard pushes and is a cloud based app which is targeted at all sizes of business.

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Topics: cloud computing, data security, Canadian IT

Ransomware Attacks Come To Hamilton Burlington

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Sometimes we all get complacent when we hear about cyber attacks on businesses and organizations.  We figure, too bad, it is unfortunate that someone got caught by this nefarious practice but it doesn't happen around here.  Recent events have brought this right to our doors in the Hamilton, Burlington area.

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Topics: data security, network security, IT Scams

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

Encryption For Cloud Data Security Canada

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

One of the biggest issues that many companies deal with when they consider cloud data security is becoming comfortable that their information will be secure and not subject to unauthorized access. 

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Topics: Software, business processes, data security

Microsoft Announces New Security Features For Windows 10

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 08:04 AM

Microsoft is planning to release the commercial version of Windows 10 this fall.  Two days ago they released the Windows 10 Preview which will permit some users to test out the new system.

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Topics: data security, Windows 10, office technology

Canadian Government IT Data Breaches Up Reports Privacy Commissioner

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 @ 07:11 AM

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Topics: data security, network security