February 2022 Newsletter

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Grand Theft 2

McAfee has released its latest report “Grand Theft 2”. Here is a link to the full report here https://www.mcafee.com/enterprise/en-us/assets/reports/restricted/rp-data-exfiltration-2.pdf The results were from a survey of 700 IT and security pros who worked at organizations in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As the graph indicates, compared to 2015, intentional breaches by employees have dropped from 30 percent More »

Voice Assistants ALWAYS listening

Are your beloved voice assistants listening to your conversation? According to Bloomberg, the answer is yes, and by thousands of people. In its hotly trending article, Bloomberg interviewed seven works dedicated to transcribing keywords in conversations recorded from Amazon Alexa. They’re supposed to help Alexa more accurately respond to these keywords, but as you’d imagine, these conversations can often be extremely personal private. Audio details include More »

Government of Canada issues cyber security guide for SMBs

Small and mid-sized companies face a dilemma when it comes to cyber security: If they can’t afford full-time infosec experts to effectively defend themselves, what and how much can they afford to do? To answer, the government hopes, is in a new guide issued by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Centre is the recently-established federal advisory agency on security. It’s a unit of More »

Malware Attacks up 103%

Canada faced the second biggest increase in malware attacks last year among customers according to corporate security vendor SonicWall. Malware attacks detected by those using SonicWall firewalls and other security devices hit 432.2 million, up 103 per cent over 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by the company in its annual cyber threat report. By comparison, attacks against Brazil were up 119 per cent More »


Experian Site Can Give Anyone Your Credit Freeze PIN   Renowned security expert Brian Krebs recently discovered that credit bureau company Experian makes it easier than you think for someone to request the (PIN) needed to unlock a consumer credit file that was previously frozen, compromising important consumer data. Krebs shows how this is done, recommends putting a freeze on your credit files, and talks More »

Scam Artist

Former Scam Artist Has a Warning for Today’s Consumers   Frank Abagnale Jr., whose life as a scam artist was featured in the movie ‘Catch Me if you Can’, is now a top cybersecurity expert who has worked with the FBI for over 40 years. Read this interesting interview from the Wall Street Journal to learn more about Abagnale’s life, and how he thinks consumers More »

AI Future

Prepare Your Business for the AI Future   Margaret Harris, a director of content strategy at Oracle, recent wrote in Forbes that it’s vital for businesses to properly prepare for the new AI future. Companies can move forward with AI without putting too much time and money into faulty projects. Learn several recommendations from Oracle experts on how to move forward with this emerging technology. More »

Handling Disruption

Handling curve balls and implementing change is difficult for any business. While there’s no silver bullet, leadership expert Susan Fowler believes that transforming your staff into proactive self-leaders can help you meet this challenge. Fowler says that proactive self-leadership skills are teachable, details the benefits of doing so, and gives 3 ways you can begin teaching people these vital skills. Click here to read more. More »

18 CEO Secrets

18 CEO Secrets Whose Companies Won’t Stop Growing   Ever wonder why some companies seem to continue growing? Inc. magazine recently interviewed the CEOs of several companies that have repeatedly appeared on the Inc. 500/5000 list and asked them to share their key secrets for spurring growth. Some of the main components include constant learning, discipline, and a whole lot of humility. Read this article More »

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