Blog / Clear Communication Is Crucial When Things Go Wrong Incident Response Policies Notification Incident Response Policies and why your business needs one. Before getting into the details, let me be clear; one of the most important reasons why your organization needs an Incident Response Policy, or IRP, is for compliance. But I’ve written a lot about the importance of compliance with regulations like Alberta’s privacy legislation PIPA or […] March 19, 2024
Blog / Living in the Age of AI An AI face looking down on a person. Do you have policies regarding the use of AI? Recently I wrote about how artificial intelligence, or AI, was used to help create a deep fake that successfully scammed an organization out of a sizeable $35 million (CAD). Tools like ChatGPT and OpenArt have been growing in their scope, accuracy, flexibility, and importantly, business popularity, […] March 12, 2024
Blog / Critical Patches Need Quick Implementation Computer damaged by not taking a critical patches quickly enough. How long does your cybersecurity policy allow for installing critical patches? Having an official policy to both monitor for and quickly apply critical patches is important and has been a standard cybersecurity recommendation for a long time. Regulations and legislation like PCI-DSS or PIPA also require a formal policy regarding important updates. But beyond simple […] March 05, 2024
Blog / Deeply concerned about deep fakes? Deep fakes concept Here are two hundred million reasons why deep fakes are dangerous. Forgeries have been around for a long time, and we’re not talking about just fake signatures on false cheques. Back before everyone was carrying camera-phones around and uploading pictures to the internet, physical photos captured on film and developed in chemical baths were the […] February 27, 2024
Blog / Segregating Your Networks Visualization of segregated networks and how segregating your networks works When it comes to security and compliance, segregating your networks is a must. IT terminology can be daunting, but don’t worry, because computer networks aren’t; they’re simply groups of computers that communicate with each other. A network can range from just a few devices to fleets of hundreds and even thousands of computers, and they […] February 20, 2024
Blog / Are you skipping your network’s annual checkup? Network Failure You network may seem fine, but how can you be sure? Maintaining your health is important. For many of us, the bare minimum in staying healthy includes an annual checkup with your family doctor. If you’re anything like me this typically includes stomaching some bloodwork, a step on the scale, and a look in the […] February 08, 2024
Blog / Why is keeping software past its EoL so dangerous? Software Update EoL Concept Let’s talk about EoL (End-of-Life) software. As regular readers likely know, I’ve harped on using software beyond its End-of-Life (EoL) date in the past. There are plenty of reasons why it’s a bad idea, not the least of which is that pretty much every regulation and/or privacy law on the planet says (and I’m paraphrasing […] January 09, 2024
Blog / Happy New Year! Start 2024 safely and securely. Welcome to a new year with new challenges. I’ve made plenty of security recommendations over the course of this newsletter, most of them aimed at organizations, but a few were of a more personal nature. So I figured it would be a great way to ease into 2024 by reviewing […] January 02, 2024
Blog / ‘Tis the Season for New Twists on Old Scams Gift cards are convenient but not secure. The Holiday season is upon us once again. It’s a time for charity, merriment, and generosity as people give a little more, be a little nicer, and soak up the spirit of the season. For most of us it’s also one of the more expensive times of the […] December 19, 2023
Blog / Updating Ancient Wisdom for Modern Computing Update Failure If it ain’t broke, be proactive about preventative maintenance. Way back in the early 1900s, a pair of European immigrants found their way through Canada’s pristine wilderness and settled in Alberta’s Leduc county, where they farmed the land for several years. They brought with them the knowledge and experience needed to tend their fields, and […] December 05, 2023

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