Matthew Held
Matthew Held is the CEO and Co-Founder of Manawa Networks, a full service IT consulting firm, based in Toronto, that serves small and medium organizations across Canada. Matthew writes about how technology makes people and organizations better. For more, contact or

Entries by Matthew Held

5 Ways To Beef Up Your Computer Security In The Wake Of WannaCry

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2017 | 5:38 PM

Like many technology consulting firms, our customers had many questions after the WannaCry ransomware attack. For this article, I consulted Josh Newman, a senior associate at Manawa, because of his extensive experience advising, diagnosing and resolving customer issues in data security, malware and viruses.

What is...

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6 Tips To Build A Cyber-Security Culture At Work

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 10:36 AM

Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report shows that almost half of all cyber security attacks target small businesses with less than 250 employees. According to the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance, 60 percent of small businesses cannot sustain their businesses beyond six months after a cyber-attack.

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How Weakened Privacy Laws In America Affect Canadians

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2017 | 4:19 PM

Internet users want convenience and privacy. However, more convenience means less privacy and vice versa. In a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, Nicholas Carr wrote that being online means you are quickly losing your ability to understand and control these tradeoffs. The ability to be aware of what...

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New Fileless Malware Attacking Organizations Leaves No Trace

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 11:39 AM

Cybercrime and significant breaches have plagued various sectors in the past five years in financial, retail, healthcare, entertainment, and government. For many, 2016 will go down as the year that computer hackers affected the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

A less known cybercrime in 2016 that surged in popularity...

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Is Your Privacy At Risk Because You Use Apps?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2017 | 6:28 AM

Have you noticed how most people don't carry as many things as they used to while traveling? Things like flashlights, cameras, maps, memory sticks, newspapers, magazines, games and books. These items and others have all been replaced by smart phones and devices. While they make our lives more convenient and...

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4 Trends That Will Keep Disaster Recovery A Priority For Organizations In 2017

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 11:38 AM

Like death and taxes, most people understand this quote to be true from T.E. Ronneberg.

"Sooner or later, everyone will understand the virtue of having a backup, some before a data disaster strikes, and the rest after."

Data loss is a fact of life today for organizations. Research firm

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5 Ways Non-Profit Organizations Can Minimize Cybercrime

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 5:26 AM

The popular myth for a non-profit organization executive is to ask, "Why anyone would want to hack us"? The nefarious nature makes non-profits easy targets because they often invest less in employee training and IT security.

According to the Hackmageddon site, the non-profit sector compared with other sectors...

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Tech-Savvy Ways Business Travellers Can Stay Safe In Emergencies

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 1:43 PM

Global business travel has grown dramatically at the same time technology has advanced in the last decade.

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) predicts U.S. business travel will rise in 2016 by 2.1 percent to 508.6 million trips along with spending increasing 1.9 percent to to $295.7 billion....

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6 Reasons You Should Not Use A Private Email Server

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2016 | 1:43 PM

In 2015, 205 billion email messages were sent and received daily, according to the Radicati Group. Messages are sent and received from computers, mobile, tablets and many other devices.

The current U.S. election has seen Hillary Clinton's presidential race mired in an email scandal involving the user of...

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3 Strategies SMBs Can Take To Strengthen Mobile Security

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 1:35 PM

Today, employees and organizations want more flexibility and work-life balance. They want to work anytime, anywhere. But they also want privacy and information security, at a time when cybercrime is a growing concern.

According to Mobile Security and Risk Review, Second Edition (Q2 2016), published by MobileIron, mobile...

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Technology Lessons Businesses Can Learn From Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Most people felt the outcome of Brexit with U.K. voting to leave the E.U. would have a minimal impact outside its borders. Instead, financial markets, defence, technology, cyber security and privacy are affected because the U.K. is globally interconnected.

For decades, the 28-member European Union bloc acted as a...

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3 Reasons Cybercrime Is A Growing Threat For Organizations

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 12:59 PM

"If security was about protection in 1990s, detection in the 2000s, then this decade is about responsiveness to incidents."

This view comes from Bruce Schneier, a security expert and author of a dozen books. He believes organizations must get smarter, faster and better at responding to data security...

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5 Ways To Protect Your Organization From Ransomware

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 6:42 PM

Ransomware is one of the fastest growing areas of cyber crime. The intended target is often small and medium sized businesses, because they have fewer resources compared with larger organizations. Historically, the root word ransom refers to a criminal demanding a payment in exchange for releasing someone or something that...

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6 Tips To Implement Cloud ERP properly

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 3:26 PM

Enterprise resourcing planning software has lagged behind cloud computing solutions in other business areas like CRM and storage.

Readers responded by asking for tips on how to choose a vendor and implement a Cloud ERP. It is fairly Cloud ERP will grow in the next few years because large vendors...

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The Pros And Cons Of Traditional Versus Cloud ERP For SMBs

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:21 PM

While it has taken longer, innovation and disruption is now fully underway in the ERP (enterprise resource planning) space. It promises to create a level playing field for small and medium sized businesses. Traditionally, ERP was expensive and designed for large organizations.

It is helpful to review traditional ERP before...

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5 Tech Trends For Small/Medium Businesses In 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:19 AM

As 2016 gets underway, organizations are searching for new ways to grow, compete, and win. They know technology will play a role. While it's impossible to have a crystal ball to predict the future, some key trends have emerged in the coming year that are relevant for small and medium-sized...

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5 Password Strategies To Keep Intruders Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 4:52 PM

During the holiday season, millions of people will unbox new phones, gadgets and electronics. Ask anyone and they will agree that technology needs to get simpler. As Henry Thoreau wrote, "Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify".

Complexity is a word people frown upon related to technology. Yet,...

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How To Protect Your Business If Your Cloud Provider Goes Bust

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 2:25 PM

Most people have experienced the negative aspect of "buyer beware" for themselves or when purchasing for their company. How can you minimize being left high and dry if a company you do business with goes bankrupt or becomes insolvent? The old adage "always prepare for the worst and hope for...

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5 Strategies to Protect Your Online Security

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Every time we read about another security incident and data breach from a well-known brand like Home Depot or Target, we immediately worry if our personal customer information has been compromised. For organizations, it is a race against time, to determine the risk level after a...

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5 Tips to Increase Your Privacy With Windows 10

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 4:51 PM

The release of Windows 10 marks the arrival of Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella's vision towards a "mobile-first, cloud-first" computing world. At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2015, Nadella reiterated that this was the future for Microsoft and its global partners. By mobile, he means mobility or the...

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