Canada Cybersecurity

Waging War On Fraud And Identity Theft

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Business
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada and it's timely to remind Canadians that everyone is vulnerable and that vigilance, knowledge and the confidence to fight back are powerful deterrents to fraud. A 2016 survey from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) demonstrates deeply held concerns about fraud and identity theft.

5 Password Strategies To Keep Intruders Out

Matthew Held | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

At a time when most devices connect to the Internet, making it harder for intruders to gain access is essential. The number one way hackers access an online account is through stolen or misused credentials, according to the annual Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon.

How To Protect Your Business If Your Cloud Provider Goes Bust

Matthew Held | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

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 the best" remains true.

Encryption Is Necessary For Data Protection

Kris Constable | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

In the wake of the tragedy in Paris, there is a question in the media asking if the terrorists used encryption. To continue using the internet as you know it, you have to use encryption. Unless you want to have your medical health history online for all to read, and end shopping online altogether, we rely on encryption to protect our information.

What's Worse? Your Apple Or Your Google Account Getting Hacked?

CBC | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business

If you were to get hacked, would it be worse for the hack to affect your Apple account or your Google account? That depends on a lot of factors. But...

RCMP To Get Millions From Federal Cybersecurity Funding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics

An RCMP investigative team to combat high-priority cybercrime is among the initiatives that will benefit from more than $142 million in federal cybersecurity spending.

Not What We Bargained For: The Cyber Problem

Heather Roff | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Heather Roff

Last week the New America Foundation hosted its launch for an interdisciplinary cybersecurity initiative. I was fortunate enough to be asked to attend...

10 Questions Business Owners Should Ask Their Website Developer

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

You may think your website does not run the risk of a security breach, but think again. With the recent public security breaches of popular websites, it is time to reexamine your security measures and ensure you have the proper tactics set in place.

$1 Billion Stolen From Banks In Cyberheist: Report

CP | Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Business

NEW YORK -- A report from a cybersecurity firm says an international hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the globe in what woul...

Your Confidential Emails Aren't As Secure As You Think

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada
Neil Seeman

Just like a postcard, an email passes through a lot of different people's easy access. The average email is fully stored and searchable on about six computers. Astonishingly however, lawyers, accountants, political leaders and financial professionals transmit highly confidential information by email.

The Cyber Security Crisis Must be Confronted

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

The number one concern of businesses is -- or should be -- cyber-security. According to the FBI, law firms and accounting firms conducting high value deals are the most targeted by criminals. Cyber issues are now a boardroom matter.

'Tis the Season to Prevent Cyber-Hacking (Here's How)

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

What are best practices individuals can employ to lessen the chance of hacking of their computer or device? Here is a quick "top 20 list," based on part of an education session I have been providing to directors of company boards on cyber security.

At This Point Is Wearable Tech More About Fashion or Function?

Elaine Mah | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

Wearables are running the gamut: technology that can boost activity, keep you connected, and at the end of the day, help you unwind. While I was amazed by the solutions being showcased at Wearable Entertainment and Sports Toronto, the conference left me with more questions than answers about the bigger role of wearable technology in society.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

We live in an age of instant information. With a "click" here and a "swipe" there, we can pretty much find out anything about everything (and then some!). October is Cyber Security Awareness Month so it's a good time to take a pause and have a national conversation about online safety.

Canadian Internet Provider Linked To Bitcoin Theft

CP | Ethan Lou, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business

Researchers with a cyber security firm say they have uncovered that a hacker used access to a Canadian Internet provider to hijack large foreign netwo...

How to Safeguard Your Business from Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation?

Matthew Held | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Most businesses in Canada rely on electronic messaging of one kind or another to run their operations and grow. The law affects any individual or business sending any commercial electronic messages (CEM), which are text, sound, voice, or images sent electronically that encourage the recipient to participate in a commercial activity.

The Three Letters That Run Global Commerce

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
Neil Seeman

The DNS phone book helps humans navigate the underlying complexity of the Internet. Humans don't remember long numbers very well. They remember names much better. Hence the invention of DNS for University, government and then corporate email -− well before the proliferation of websites.

NSA Chips In 100,000 Foreign Computers: Report

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world — but not in the United States — tha...

Why Hasn't HealthCare.gov Already Been Hacked?

Dave Aitel | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada
Dave Aitel

It seems impossible to think that the answer is HealthCare.gov is just too secure for hackers to break in. After all, no one can write "500 million lines" of code (assuming that figure is correct) without making a few mistakes. There's just no way that software vulnerabilities, which hackers can use to break in, aren't part of the mix.

Should We Get Our Heads Out of the Cloud?

Elaine Mah | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Business
Elaine Mah

Cloud computing is the popular buzz-phrase to describe all kinds of online access to information that has been embraced by both individuals and businesses of all sizes because of its ability to improve mobility and offer new services. But is that convenience coming at a price?

Privacy Regulators and the Media Can Make a Bad Data Breach Worse

Larry Keating | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Business
Larry Keating

Privacy Commissioners, rightfully, seem more incensed than ever when yet another loss of personal information occurs. Whether it's a server breach fr...

The Bill Turning Websites in to Government Spies

Catherine Hart | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Catherine Hart

CISPA -- which on the surface is meant to allow for voluntary information sharing between private companies and the government in the event of a cyber attack -- is a surveillance bill that is dangerously lacking in transparency and oversight. This would turn websites into government spies.

The Danger of Telling the Web Where You Are

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

I wonder how many people realize the inherent dangers of the pictures they are sharing with the world. I understand that we all want to capture all of the memories that make up our lives, I'm just suggesting that we make sure we are only capturing the memories and not the entire diary of the event. Be safe.

Cyberwar and Secrecy Threaten China's Dams

Patricia Adams | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada
Patricia Adams

When China's top generals warned against building the Three Gorges Dam in the 1980s, fearing it would become a "strategic target" for China's enemies,...

Is Your Business in Denial About Tech Security?

Larry Keating | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Business
Larry Keating

We surveyed 1,045 business people across Canada in virtually every industry segment. Some 87 per cent said they trust employees to adhere to their IT security rules and practices. In the same survey one in six employees admitted they do not adhere to IT security policies. So why is there such a disconnect between what employees and business owners say is going on and what is really going on, even in the face of losses?