Enhance information security threat awareness with Fortinet Fabric-Ready

Fortinet has issued a press release with details about its Fabric-Ready Partner Program. For full details about this release please visit the Nasdaq website. The Fabric-Ready Partner Program builds on Fortinet's robust ecosystem of technology alliances by opening the functionality of the Fortinet Security Fabric to complementary solutions. Partners in this program validate technology integration … Continue reading Enhance information security threat awareness with Fortinet Fabric-Ready

Keep your data in Canada with AWS and Cologix

Keep your data safe in Canada with AWS and Cologix #cloud #enterprise #it #tech

Creating hybrid cloud deployments with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud just got more compelling for customers interested in connecting to AWS’s new Canada (Central) Region. Cologix, a network neutral interconnection and data centre company, announced today the immediate availability of AWS Direct Connect cloud service in its Montreal data centres. As an AWS Direct … Continue reading Keep your data safe in Canada with AWS and Cologix #cloud #enterprise #it #tech

Build and connect intelligent bots to interact with your users naturally wherever they are, from text/sms to Skype, Slack, Office 365 mail and other popular services.

Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework #cognitive #office365 #sms #sdk

One of the key problems in human-computer interactions is the ability of the computer to understand what a person wants, and to find the pieces of information that are relevant to their intent. For example, in a news-browsing app, you might say “Get news about virtual reality companies,” in which case there is the intention … Continue reading Introduction to the Microsoft Bot Framework #cognitive #office365 #sms #sdk

Net Cease - Hardening Net Session Enumeration

Harden your #network against attackers with #Microsoft script Net Cease #security

Microsoft has released a PowerShell script called Net Cease that will harden machines against reconnaissance which is a key stage within the Advanced Attackers kill chain. According to details of the release on Microsoft TechNet, "once attackers have breached a single end-point, they need to discover their next targets within the victim's corporate network, most … Continue reading Harden your #network against attackers with #Microsoft script Net Cease #security

Microsoft System Center 2016

#Microsoft announces System Center 2016 and #Windows Server 2016 #business #tech #msignite #cloud

Microsoft has announced the general availability of System Center 2016. Of note the new platform provides more focus on the cloud, "greater heterogeneity and cloud management with broader support for LAMP stack and VMware, including monitoring resources and services in Azure and Amazon Web Services." Here's more from the announcement, "For a full listing of … Continue reading #Microsoft announces System Center 2016 and #Windows Server 2016 #business #tech #msignite #cloud

Download apps for business at Microsoft AppSource

Focus your #business on #cloud technologies with #Microsoft AppSource

Microsoft AppSource is the place to get your new business up and running quickly. It's also the place to get your existing business focused on cloud based technology. Microsoft AppSource launched in July 2016 and as Ron Huddleston explains that, "as the responsibility for technology investments moves away from IT and into business units, [Microsoft is] seeing … Continue reading Focus your #business on #cloud technologies with #Microsoft AppSource

AI: Economic Boom But Jobs Bust

Artificial Intelligence will double annual economic growth rates by 2035 #ai #business

A news release from Accenture has some very good things to say about the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI). By pairing man and machine together, Accenture Research predicts that annual economic growth rates will double by 2035. “Artificial intelligence heralds dramatic potential for growth for both the economy and for humans,” said Mark Purdy, managing director … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence will double annual economic growth rates by 2035 #ai #business

Yahoo let the NSA read your email before you even opened it.

Yahoo! involved in unprecedented privacy violation #security

Website, Fight for the Future is directing people to delete their Yahoo! accounts after it was found that the company had been redirecting all personal emails to the NSA for analysis. "This is an absolutely unprecedented privacy violation. Surveillance experts and former government officials are saying they have never seen such a broad demand for … Continue reading Yahoo! involved in unprecedented privacy violation #security

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2

Deploying Windows through Microsoft SCCM #it #management #deployment

Niall C. Brady has a great site called windows-noob.com with tons of great Microsoft deployment tutorials. Now don't let the name windows-noob.com fool you as there's some very complex topics covered. Here's some I've been referring to lately. How to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Niall discusses creating and … Continue reading Deploying Windows through Microsoft SCCM #it #management #deployment

With Windows 10, there are two release types: feature updates that add new functionality two to three times per year, and quality updates that provide security and reliability fixes at least once a month.

Microsoft introduces Windows as a Service #waas #tech #it #management

J. Decker at Microsoft Windows IT Center recently posted an article explaining the streamlined IT management of Windows 10 workstations and the concept of Windows as a Service. Some of the changes include: new features will be delivered to the Windows Insider community as soon as possible — during the development cycle, through a process … Continue reading Microsoft introduces Windows as a Service #waas #tech #it #management

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco ASA Software

The Increasing Threat to Network Infrastructure Devices and Recommended Mitigations #US-CERT bulletin

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has released a bulletin with warnings for Network Infrastructure teams related to Cisco ASA devices. These network devices provide firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) functionality and are often deployed at the edge of a network to protect a site’s network infrastructure, and to give remote users access to protected local … Continue reading The Increasing Threat to Network Infrastructure Devices and Recommended Mitigations #US-CERT bulletin

Next Big Tech Corridor? Between Seattle and Vancouver, Planners Hope

Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

There's plans in the works to create a tech corridor between Seattle and Vancouver. A report from the New York Times found ideas being thrown around for a dedicated lane for self-driving vehicles. "A group of Seattle techies proposed ... a dedicated lane for autonomous vehicles on Interstate 5, the highway connecting Seattle to the Canadian border. … Continue reading Leaders in #Vancouver and #Seattle talk about a #tech corridor between the two cities

Microsoft Skype for Business PSTN conferencing from Microsoft allows anyone to join your Skype Meetings using only a telephone.

Changes coming to Skype for Business include Mac and iOS integration enhancements #audio #video #business

Microsoft announced some updates to Skype for Business this week. According to a blog post from Gurdeep Singh Pall at Microsoft Office Blogs there is a big focus on Mac integration. "... the new Skype for Business for Mac will be available in October. The new client has been written from the ground up using the … Continue reading Changes coming to Skype for Business include Mac and iOS integration enhancements #audio #video #business

Microsoft Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 won’t install updates #microsoft #sccm #security #deployment #patch

For those of you out there that are still struggling with Windows 8.1, I have some help for you today. For a few weeks I've been wondering why my 8.1 workstations only had about 13 Windows hot fixes installed. If I launched a command window and typed the "systeminfo" command it would say 13 hotfixes … Continue reading Windows 8.1 won’t install updates #microsoft #sccm #security #deployment #patch

Microsoft Windows 10 Hotfix issue

Windows 10 Update KB3194496 causes a restart loop post install #microsoft #os

According to Thurrott, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 update that is problematic - specifically KB3194496. Several users are reporting that their computers are going into a restart loop. "The update that is causing the problem, KB3194496, is not installing correctly for users. The update, when it does fail, is causing some machines to restart, often … Continue reading Windows 10 Update KB3194496 causes a restart loop post install #microsoft #os

Android Malware

Look out for malware on Android platforms

Having worked for Telus Mobility for a while now, I recently found out about this issue from a number of customers who are Android users. It often inspires panic and worry in people when it pops up on their phone. The message can look like the following Rather than panic, we suggest doing a quick … Continue reading Look out for malware on Android platforms

Free cloud computing service helps Canadian small businesses

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced that over 600 Canadian startups across a range of industries have taken advantage of its DAIR cloud service. Cloud computing enables businesses to use virtual computing, network and data storage resources on an as-needed basis, with the flexibility to scale … Continue reading Free cloud computing service helps Canadian small businesses

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DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet – Test your DNS configuration here

Today at the national meeting of Canada's Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) called on Canada's law enforcement community to protect their domains and DNS from cyber-attacks. "The DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet," said Jacques Latour, chief technology officer at CIRA. "When your DNS goes down, your website, your … Continue reading DNS is the Achilles heel of the Internet – Test your DNS configuration here

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Sandvine enhances network security with Symantec

 Sandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced enhancements for its Network Security product, including new integration with Symantec RuleSpace, a web categorization service, and Symantec DeepSight™, a cyber-threat intelligence service. This new integration will enable Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to better protect both their subscribers and … Continue reading Sandvine enhances network security with Symantec

Bell & IBM bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market

Bell Business Markets and IBM today announced a new partnership to expand the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. This partnership will give businesses across Canada access to the IBM Cloud via a secure, high-speed private connection from Bell, simplifying the way customers adopt and build out their hybrid clouds. More and more … Continue reading Bell & IBM bring new hybrid cloud capabilities to Canadian market

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Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for 2016

Buying something with your smartphone or tablet will be easier this year as mobile touch commerce emerges in 2016, this according to Deloitte’s 2016 Canadian Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions. The number of individuals who use a third party touch-based payment service to buy something on their mobile device (smartphone or tablet) is predicted … Continue reading Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions for 2016

IBM Extends Power of Cognitive Computing to a Connected World

Last week, IBM announced the opening of its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT), launching a series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners designed to extend the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that comprise the IoT. These new offerings will be available through the IBM … Continue reading IBM Extends Power of Cognitive Computing to a Connected World

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Vancouver Gadgets visits the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center

Bursting at the seams, the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center is a prime example of the growing tech industry in Vancouver. The team has expanded by 327% since April 2014, out-growing their current space in Vancouver’s traditional financial district and reaching the point where they need to expand, in this case to a 2-floor … Continue reading Vancouver Gadgets visits the Dun & Bradstreet Cloud Innovation Center

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Plentyoffish Media Inc. charged with alleged CASL violation

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced this week that Plentyoffish Media Inc. has paid $48,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada's anti-spam legislation. Acting on complaints submitted by Canadians, the CRTC's Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer launched an investigation. Plentyoffish Media had allegedly sent commercial emails to registered … Continue reading Plentyoffish Media Inc. charged with alleged CASL violation