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Why security awareness testing can be a risky business

Lance Spitzner is a sneak. His job as an awareness officer is to catch employees engaging in risky IT security behavior, and he’ll do almost anything to snare you. Which is how he

Published on: October 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian Tire money goes digital for analytics makeover

LAS VEGAS -- As loyalty programs go, the iconic Canadian Tire money is hard to beat. Good as cash at any of the retail chain’s stores and gas bars, the coupons are mainstay in any

Published on: October 24th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

#FF: Canadian higher ed CIOs take to Tumblr to share ideas

This organization has been around for a long time, but until recently I never knew this particular site existed. It's a great example of taking a free online micro-blogging service like Tumblr and

Published on: October 24th, 2014 Shane Schick

Rogers launches LTE-Advanced wireless for faster speeds

Rogers Communications has become the first wireless carrier to activate the next generation of technology, called LTE-Advanced, which will roughly double the download speeds users with standard LTE devices see now . The

Published on: October 24th, 2014 Howard Solomon

M2M will bring government regulation, predicts IT consultant

The so-called Internet of Things sparks two emotions among security professionals: A certainty that government regulation will be needed to prevent needless deaths, and an equal determination to keep legislators away from the

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Privacy Act goes to committee

The second of the Harper government's pieces of digital legislation has been steadily going through the Senate, but it may now get more public attention because it has been referred to the House of Commons

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Teknion’s CIO: The Internet of Things opportunities I see

The core principle of Teknion, a furniture company based in North York, Ont., is boiled down to three words: "design does matter." That's not a bad one to keep in mind as organizations

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Shane Schick

IBM, Microsoft team on cloud

In the race for domination of cloud computing, Microsoft and IBM have found big names to partner with: Each other. The companies said Wednesday they are now working together to make some of

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

HP releases commercial OpenStack

Hewlett-Packard has released the commercial version of its Helion OpenStack software for building private clouds, along with a development platform for creating cloud-native applications. Based on the open source Cloud Foundry project,  the

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

OpenText Q1 results strong, says CEO

OpenText Corp. began its current first quarter by chalking up $453.8 million in revenue (all numbers $U.S,), an eight per cent increase over the previous quarter and almost 40 per cent up over

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Zero-day Windows exploit could come via PowerPoint

The latest weapon hackers are using to get into many versions of Windows are PowerPoint slides. Microsoft issued a security advisory this week on a vulnerability affecting all supported versions of Windows except WinServer 2003. So

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Should businesses respond to terrorism threat levels?

After the shootings on Parliament Hill businesses may consider if they have a role protecting information in our country. When the terrorism threat level is higher, perhaps there are databases that need to

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Donna Lindskog

Security pros forgetting the basics, complains expert

All IT security conferences have one thing in common: Speakers have dozens of ghastly, yet funny, stories of blunders. Kellman Meghu, Check Point Software's Toronto-based head of security engineering, told a couple at

Published on: October 23rd, 2014 Howard Solomon

SAS expands cloud analytics business

Big data software maker SAS Institute yesterday officially opened a massive building in its Cary, N.C. campus that will house what could be called a rapid response cloud analytics. The opening of the

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Beware of gift iPads

The first day of the annual SecTor security conference in Toronto was filled with presentations on what to do -- and not to do -- to enhance enterprise protection. Here's a synopsis of

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Insurers still struggle with predictive analytics: Study

LAS VEGAS -- The use of anti-fraud technology by insurers in North America is on the rise. However, many companies are still struggling with the deployment of proactive predictive analytics tools because of

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Give up trying to stop attackers at the perimeter, says ex-CSIS official

It's not just me. After listening to former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) turned security consultant Ray Boisvert tell the annual SecTor security conference in Toronto on Tuesday about

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

Interconnect firm expands to UK

A global direct interconnection startup has bought a British counterpart to gain an automation platform. IIX Inc., based in California and headed by Canadian Al Burgio, said Wednesday it has bought Allegro Networks

Published on: October 22nd, 2014 Howard Solomon

CIOs and suppliers: Making the most of the relationship

Anyone who has been a CIO will tell you that a significant amount of time is spent managing relationships with suppliers. These can be good or not so good at times, but the

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Gary Davenport

Is your project red, yellow or green?

Struggling to differentiate projects that are progressing well from projects that are in serious trouble? It’s difficult to tell if a project is actually red, yellow or green from the content of some

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Yogi Schulz

CIRA adds more DNS protection for .ca subscribers

Canada's domain name authority has added a new service to help organizations reduce the impact of malicious attacks to their DNS (domain name system) infrastructure. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has created

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Three Canadian cities make long list for Smart Communities

Three Canadian cities are among the 21 regions in the running for the 2015 Smart Communities competition. Selected from 300 entries, the winner will succeed Toronto, which won the title of Intelligent City of

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Canadian city CIOs discuss the way they’re moving to ‘mobile first’

In some organizations it’s the employees who are clamoring for the increased use of mobile technology. In others, it’s senior management that want to see their firm quickly make strategic use of smartphones,

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Shane Schick

Microsoft adds muscle to Azure

Microsoft has made it clear the company won't be left behind in the race to provide on-premise as well as virtual cloud services to enterprises. The announced the G-series of virtual machines for

Published on: October 21st, 2014 Howard Solomon

Group pushes framework to help CIOs better manage technology

An association of vendors has created a group to promote the emerging IT4IT open standard and reference architecture for managing information technology. The Open Group said Monday its IT4IT Forum will be an

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Funding your innovation

In our roles as CIOs, most of us constantly battle for money to fund work on innovation and R&D. Usually, such investments are not an easy sell to the CEO or the Board.

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Michael Issaev

How CIOs could harness Marc Andreessen’s optimism

You don't have to have helped create the first Internet browser (Mosaic) and one of the IT industry's earliest successes (Netscape) to be a credible judge of innovative ideas, but Marc Andreessen is

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Shane Schick

Coalition of vendors unmasks cyber espionage group

More than one IT security expert has said enterprises and vendors need to work more closely to fight the rising amount of cyber crime. Last week some of the biggest names in IT

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Peering into the future of IT

ORLANDO – Worldwide IT spending is projected to surpass US$2.9 trillion in 2015 – a 3.9 per cent increase from 2014. Where will these new investments be made? What will be the impact

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Jim Love

Technology predictions for the coming year

Last month I went to the CANARIE conference in Toronto to hear Duncan Stewart, director of technology at Deloitte Canada, present his predictions on technology in 2014.  The presentation was based on the 2014

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Don Sheppard

Put IT security in hands of a chief risk officer, says Canadian expert

Organizations must take IT security away from the information technology department and put it in the hand of a chief risk officer if they want to make a meaningful dent in the increasing

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

YouTube popularity attracting criminals

Enterprises are increasingly using YouTube as their vehicle for hosting internal an external videos. However, researchers at vendor Trend Micro have discovered that criminals are exploiting the popularity of site by finding ways

Published on: October 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Alpine’s Chorus analytics framework sings with more languages

Having a mountain of data doesn't do much good if there isn't a tool useful enough to pull meaningful conclusions from it. Alpine Data Labs believes the latest version of its Chorus analytics

Published on: October 19th, 2014 Howard Solomon