When ransomware attacks backups

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 30, 2019 7:45:00 AM
 

Wood Ranch was the victim of a ransom attack during the summer, and its electronic medical records were encrypted. Wood Ranch didn’t agree to pay the ransom, only to discover that their backups were also encrypted. Since it has not been able to recover its data, the company will close its doors and cease operations on December 17, 2019.

The evolution of ransomware is very similar to a cat and mouse chase.

 

 

                        
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Topics: Cloud, Storage, IT security

Migrating to the cloud: what is the cost of doing nothing?

Posted by present on Apr 30, 2019 11:45:00 AM

Over the last decades, the business world has redefined itself in an accelerated way. Today, more than ever before, entrepreneurs must quickly change the way they do business to keep pace and stay relevant to their customers.

Companies that resist change and have not followed suit unfortunately have paid the price.

88% of Fortune 500 companies in 1955 are no longer around today.

At that time, the life expectancy of a company was 60 years. It is now reduced to 20 years.

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

Take advantage of all the benefits of Office 365 with personalized training

Posted by Alex Vallieres on Apr 11, 2019 12:10:00 PM

 Like many companies, you decided to make the jump to Office 365. Excellent news! In addition to improving the productivity of your teams, the cloud-based Microsoft suite helps overcome common challenges related to costs, communication, remote work, and more.

However, do not migrate to these powerful tools hoping that your employees will master them in the space of a few days simply by using them! To leverage Office 365 to its full potential, everyone needs to understand all of its features and how to use them properly.

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud, Office 365

Cloud security: a shared responsibility

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Feb 13, 2019 9:46:12 AM

A few days ago, I had a meeting with Mark, a client with whom over the years, a solid relationship of trust has developed. After a while, the conversation turned to the security of the public cloud.

Claude, as you know, our company understands the importance of using IT technology as a lever for growth. Among these technologies, the public cloud has undeniable advantages. But I ask myself questions about its security as the media is always echoing some sort of security issue.

What do you think?

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Topics: Cloud, IT security

The New IBM Power9: A high performance server for today's and tomorrow's IT

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Feb 28, 2018 7:45:00 AM

IBM remains on the cutting edge of innovation to meet the ever-growing needs of businesses, particularly with its Power servers (AS400).With Power 6, 7 and 8, the IT giant developed increasingly powerful systems for memory, storage and processor power.

The major innovations of the IBM Power9 generation are more than ever aligned with the business needs of companies in terms of the Cloud, artificial intelligence and BI (Business Intelligence).

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Cloud, Big Data, IBM

Microsoft Inspire: Digital transformation powered by collaboration

Posted by present on Jul 18, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Microsoft Inspire, the annual conference dedicated to Microsoft partners, was held from July 9 to 13. Eager to stay abreast of the best practices and innovations  in IT and digital transformation, we traveled to Washington to take part. Better known under its former name Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the major event was very aptly renamed!  

The main strategic and technological orientations of the Seattle enterprise are firmly focused on the highest efficiency and best practices of collaboration. We share 5 key elements that we learnt at Microsoft Inspire (#MSInspire).

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud, Digital transformation, CIO/IT leaders

5 reasons to use Azure: Microsoft's cloud offering

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Jun 27, 2017 7:45:00 AM

Microsoft Azure includes an ever-expanding array of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to create, deploy, and manage applications, through a global network of data centers, and a wide range of associated tools. 90% of Fortune 500 companies have confidence in Microsoft's cloud. 

Why such a high adoption? Here are 5 specific reasons that pushed Present, and push companies, to adopt Microsoft Azure. 

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Topics: Hybrid Cloud, Cloud

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

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

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

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