Fighting back: Is the time for defensive IT security policy over?

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Is it time to move away from defence-based protection of our data and IT systems and fight back against those who would

Cloud services deliver cost savings, flexibility to Canadian companies

Cloud computing services are now a mainstream option for Canadian organizations. Over the last decade, cloud providers have improved security and addressed other concerns raised here. Cloud services are now a multibillion dollar

Published on: September 17th, 2014 Bruce Harpham

Augment encryption with tokenization

For the protection of sensitive data, tokenization is every bit as important as data encryption. We are all very familiar with the requirement to encrypt sensitive data at rest as well as in

Published on: September 17th, 2014 Michael Ball

Why organizations will run to the cloud, not from it

When attending the Gigaom Structure conference in San Francisco this summer, two things stood out for me: One was how few organizations are actually running loads in the cloud today. The second was

Published on: September 16th, 2014 Jeremy Hill

Preventing fraud in the call centre: Use voice biometrics, phone printing

The fraudster called the credit card company with a simple request; he was traveling out of the country and wanted fraud controls lifted on his account for 30 days. The call center agent

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Gartner

So you think you can blog? Your last chance to prove yourself!

With less than two weeks until the contest closes, this is your last chance to try your hand at IT blogging and win one of four prizes. Our two previous suggested topics were

Published on: September 10th, 2014 Hibah Ahmed

A hype cycle for the cloud chasm

I’ve been thinking about adoption rates and use cases for cloud computing, particularly here in Canada.  My goal is to find signs that Canada is moving down the path towards “cloudiness” just as

Published on: September 3rd, 2014 Don Sheppard

Dealing with IT setbacks

After working through some challenging management problems, a staffer came to me and reported a setback to which I uttered “Rats, Bats and Alley Cats”. The stupefied employee retorted – “Say what?”  I

Published on: September 2nd, 2014 Ken Metcalfe

How much is too much IT security?

Usually security implementers are aware of all the red tape they create, and evaluate the trade-offs against the value of what they are guarding. Usability and efficiency are certainly important, but it is

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Donna Lindskog

New topic for: So you think you can blog?

Good morning fellow blogging enthusiasts! As promised, we have a new suggested topic for our blogging contest. Remember that you can still contribute blog posts about our previous topic, IT security, but if

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Hibah Ahmed