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Women in Tech: Chloe Riggs, Windows Support Administrator, UK

Interview: Chloe Riggs, Windows Support Administrator, UK Why did you join the technology industry? I joined the technology Industry because IT was a subject that I always enjoyed and found relatively easy at school. I have always been interested in and kept up with technology, so it only seemed fitting to make it my career. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? My mum, she is the person without a shadow of a doubt who has inspired me both personally and professionally. She is a brilliant example that women can have exceptionally successful careers, as well as a family. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self what would it be? If I could go back and speak to my 13 year old self, I would say that you will be working for a very long time. So do well at school,…

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The Hidden Dangers of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks

Despite being some of the oldest threats on the Internet, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are still creating havoc for Canadian businesses today. A report from the Ponemon Institute on ‘The Cost of Denial-of-Service Attacks’, shows the average total cost per year of DDoS attacks to a Canadian organisation is $5.32 million. And according to the State of the Internet Q2 2015 Security Report from Akaimai, the number of DDoS attacks witnessed in quarter two of 2015 hit record highs. Why are they so effective? DDoS attacks aim to take websites offline by inundating them with illegitimate connections, requests and traffic, carried out by multiple attackers, targeting a single source at the same time. A group of hackers or a single entity with a network of bots can wage a successful DDoS attack. These types of attacks are increasing in frequency because they are easy to accomplish, difficult to…

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Women in Tech: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA

Interview: Susan Bowen, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA Why did you join the technology industry? I was always interested in technology. I used to spend time with my Dad programming Froger onto our Amstrad Computer – hours of time spent copying code from magazines. The “GO TO” command will be forever etched in my mind. But honestly, I just really enjoyed the logic of it all. Also, I have met her a few times and she will likely cringe with me saying this, but Maggie Philbin! I loved Tomorrow’s World and everything about it. Actually, I think my dream job would be to be a presenter on today’s Tomorrow’s World! Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? I have had the absolute pleasure to work with some amazing leaders. Meg Whitman (CEO Hewlett Packard Enterprise) is truly inspirational. Her stamina and work ethics are first class. If…

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The Science of Responsiveness

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly Stephen Hawking when it comes to advanced calculus and the equations describing Black Holes. But there are important numbers I do understand, as you should too. These are the numbers connected to your business that really matter to your customers, and will have an impact on your bottom line – the performance and responsiveness of your website. Statistics released by IMRG and Capgemini this week, show that smartphones and tablets now account for more than half of all online sales in the UK. So, if your site isn’t optimised for mobile devices, you may be missing out on hundreds of thousands in sales a year. And in a world where a new website is only ever a click away – it could also be fatal for your sale opportunity if your site takes too long to load or refresh a page….

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Why cloud is not a commodity

A couple of years back, conversations about the cloud were all around complexity, security and risk. What a difference a couple of years make; this incredibly powerful way of delivering a secure, scalable IT resource has now become an accepted mainstream approach for organisations, whether it’s public, private, or hybrid. While the industry has come a long way, the problem now is the rise of an equally shaky set of assumptions – that cloud is now, in effect, a commodity. By this token, all cloud offerings, like cats, look grey in the dark! This is far too simplistic. You’re not any old business – so don’t accept ‘any old cloud’ Here are some questions you should be asking your hosting provider: For a start, not all cloud hosting providers can offer you truly scalable cloud. Ask your cloud provider for the metrics, numbers and customer references to back this claim…

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IT needs to keep up with the pace of business in Montreal

Change is coming to Canada’s business community at a pace that is unprecedented, bringing with it challenges and opportunities for IT decision makers nation-wide. This is particularly true for businesses in Montreal, who face the perfect storm of proposed tax reforms, dramatic currency fluctuations, and debate about whether and how to exploit Canada’s oil resources. These macro-economic issues create uncertainty and unpredictability across the region. For IT decision makers, lack of clarity at board level can mean that budgets and business plans are delayed or put on hold. Meanwhile the demands placed on IT will only continue to escalate. In life there is a saying that the only thing that is certain is death and taxes. The IT equivalent would be that the only thing you can be sure of is increased security threats and the need for agility. Whilst Canada’s business leaders grapple with the options before them, this…

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