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

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

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

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

CIO: How to demonstrate the business value of IT to management?

Posted by Pierre Lavoie on Feb 21, 2017 12:48:43 PM

IT is often left out of value creation in enterprises that are not in the IT field. This is due to the fact that most companies have been built on technical or industrial know-how, or even a service level.

Over the last decades, IT has permitted for all of these businesses to gain in efficiency and productivity, however, the IT department is still viewed as a support service and cost center.

Take for example businesses in transportation, furniture manufacturing, retail, or food distribution that have innovated thanks to IT and have passed to a superior level.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Trends, CIO/IT leaders

How to overcome 3 fears related to IT managed services?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Feb 1, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The rapid evolution of technology, especially everything related to mobility and digital transformation, has brought many challenges to companies.

In Quebec, as well as the rest of Canada, many companies are at a turning point: they must make critical decisions for their transformation and to secure their future. Choosing which functions to keep internally and which to outsource is part of these critical decisions.

While companies have used IT managed services for many years, this practice has not yet fully become the norm, and it raises many concerns. [Read the free guide: The shift towards IT managed services. Why, how and is it right for you?]

Yet today, these fears are no longer justified. It’s important to note that the tools to ensure the monitoring and maintenance of IT infrastructures have improved greatly and the companies specialising in this service have optimised their business models and offerings.

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

5 priorities for Canadian IT executives in 2017

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jan 12, 2017 10:10:00 AM

In 2017, companies will largely continue to invest in information technologies following a trend begun in 2012.

According to the CIO Tech Poll study, investments focus on two specific fields: analytics and security. CIO Adam Dennison said “Organizations continue to explore ways to conduct business smarter and protect assets and processes”.

 

In this context, we have identified 5 priorities for Canadian IT executives to position their projects in 2017 and to profit from IT.

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Topics: Trends, CIO/IT leaders, IT infrastructure, Digital transformation, IT security, Cloud

A look back on 2016: 10 IT articles that marked the year

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

After 90 published articles on our blog last year, here is a selection of 10 that attracted the most attention from our readers. Among the topics of interest are digital transformation and IT outsourcing (which we refer to as managed services).

These two points reflect both the increase in the presence of information technology in enterprises and the separation between value-added IT and the operational element. Increasingly, companies must focus on integrating various technology platforms to bring their business to the next level. At the same time, there is a strong tendency of shifting away infrastructure management to external partners, in order to devote internal resources to value-adding projects.

Happy reading!

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, Digital transformation, IT Innovation, Cloud, Trends, IBM, CIO/IT leaders

IT security: 5 things you can do to secure your network perimeter

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Dec 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Companies today must offer optimal data access to employees, customers, and partners in order to be efficient.

This requires continual Internet access, which exposes these companies to hostile environments where threats evolve rapidly.

Add to this the fact that employees can intentionally or involuntarily threaten the network by their actions, and you have everything you need for imminent disaster.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, IT security, 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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