How to evaluate your risk in the event of a disaster in 22 questions

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jun 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most companies take measures to protect their IT data, and with good reason. However, the increasingly critical role of IT in business models tends to increase the vulnerability of enterprises to disasters.

To help you evaluate your company’s risk level in event of a disaster, we have drawn up a questionnaire that addresses four areas related to IT security. This short survey will help you have a better idea of the consequences of a disaster on your operations, business, human resources, and your supply chain.

Answer the following questions and determine your risk level!

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), CIO/IT leaders, IT security

How to prevent ransomware attacks using a test infrastructure

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Jun 7, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Ransomware attacks have become an important issue for companies over the last few years. Hackers use this type of malicious software to crypt the data of one or more computers and block companies from accessing their IT system. They then ask a ransom in exchange for the data.

 

A ransomware is a virus introduced into servers via email, a USB key, or any external component that can access a workstation or server. This can result in serious consequences for companies:

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, CIO/IT leaders, IT security

How to simplify and optimize your IT asset management

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on May 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Many companies are not concerned about the management of IT assets as much as they should be. However, having an overview of all your company’s IT assets is essential for the planning and well-functioning of your present and future operations.

 

In addition to using your IT assets to its maximum, the appropriate IT asset management improves your organization’s efficiency and performance while minimizing costs. Furthermore, knowing all the components of your IT systems, including the manufacturer’s maintenance contracts, allows you to solve problems faster and more efficiently while reducing risks.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

IT disasters: there is no such thing as “risk free,” but prevention is key!

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on May 25, 2017 10:00:03 AM

These days, no company is safe from IT disasters. The causes are as many as they are varied. What with the damage of equipment, natural disasters, outside provider service interruption, human errors, and computer abuse, it becomes rapidly clear that the concept of “risk free” does not exist.

 

Knowing that computer disasters lead to revenue losses of billions of dollars annually on a global level, it is in enterprises' best interest to understand the risks and adopt preventive and proactive solutions.

 

>>>Learn how you can protect your business assets with our free ebook<<<

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), CIO/IT leaders, IT security

Are back-up copies still necessary for applications in the Cloud?

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on May 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Analysts are unanimous. The future is cloud computing, public, with a private/hybrid emphasis depending on the size of the company.

Indeed, the benefits of this cloud services approach are numerous and include more specifically:

•  Total cost reduction of possessing IT infrastructure by replacing outdated and at risk systems and applications

•  Faster implementation of business initiatives

•  Integration with existing infrastructures (hybrid cloud and back-up sites within the Cloud)

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, IT security

What’s new at Present? Three exciting announcements to share!

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on May 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The main reason for our blog is to share insightful news and views on technology with our clients.  But occasionally, we permit ourselves to toot our own horn.  So, we’d like to take this opportunity to share with our readers 3 updates we’re proud to have accomplished.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Disaster recovery (DR), Storage

Office 365: an effective platform and not simply an email service

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 25, 2017 8:41:20 AM

Today’s companies must increase their IT’s efficiency to remain competitive, regardless of their industry. To do so, they must support their growth with powerful easy-to-use technological tools.

This is the case for Microsoft Office 365. Contrary to popular belief, it goes way beyond a simple cloud-based email service!

As the undisputed leader in its field, Office 365 is a fully integrated platform offering a complete array of tools. These different applications increase the efficiency of collaboration and the speed of communication, resulting in tangible benefits, both internal and external.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

How to strengthen data security with tape storage

Posted by Marc Therrien_ on Apr 12, 2017 7:30:00 AM

With the key role that data plays within companies, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of backups to ensure business continuity after a failure, a disaster or a malicious act. More than ever, organizations must take the necessary steps to secure their backup systems.

Tape storage might seem archaic and outdated, but it’s a solution that offers numerous benefits. A large amount of data can be stored on tape for a lower cost, and it also provides great portability and very efficient data protection.

Today, companies with a state-of-the-art storage infrastructure continue to invest in tape backup. Here's why.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Storage

Present to provide the International Space Station with IT managed services

Posted by present on Apr 1, 2017 12:01:00 AM

As a permanent outpost in outer space, the International Space Station serves as a stepping-stone for further space exploration. 

This laboratory, 250 miles above earth, needs a reliable and secure infrastructure so scientists can focus on their astronomical, environmental and geological research.  Additionally, as most other companies are experiencing, the ISS is tasked with the challenging necessity to constantly evolve and innovate in order to ‘do more with less’. 

Present is over the moon with excitement to announce they have been chosen to remotely monitor and manage the ISS infrastructure.

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Topics: Managed services

IT at the forefront to assist business leaders in achieving their goals

Posted by Marc Beaulieu_ on Mar 29, 2017 8:47:00 AM

All the information I have gathered whether it be from studies or during meetings with corporate leaders have confirmed these business priorities :

  • 1. The growth of the business; 
  • 2. Continuous innovation;
  • 3. Using technology as a growth lever;
  • 4. Developing a strong corporate culture.

There is a common denominator in all business leaders’ priorities: information technology. IT has become vital in creating value for businesses. Here is how IT can also assist you in achieving your objectives.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

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The right use of technology addresses business challenges and drives business growth in all areas of an enterprise.  We hope this blog will offer insight into developing strategies and tactics to enable you to identify those key drivers of growth and keep pace with and anticipate the rapid technology change of today.

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