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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

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

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

Internet Society Reports 2017 Cyber Incident Trends

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 @ 07:02 AM

The Online Trust Alliance issued its tenth annual report on cyber incidents and breach readiness in late January 2018.  

A key feature of the report is the amount of impact that ransom type attacks have had in 2017 both in direct malware and other elements like threatened denial of service events.

It summarizes that preparation and constant diligence are key in avoiding cyber threats.  

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Topics: ransomware, malware, it security, cyber security

Chip Vulnerability Affects Almost Every Computing Device

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Fri, Jan 5, 2018 @ 07:01 AM

"Pretty much every PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone is affected by the security flaw, regardless of which company made the device or what operating system it runs."  

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Topics: Computer, malware, it 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