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Here, there, and everywhere: what IT leaders now need to know about data sovereignty

The Panama Papers. The Apple-FBI standoff. The Snowden leaks. The eBay breach. Just to name a few. Is it any wonder that data security and privacy are omnipresent issues for today’s IT leaders? The critical concerns? Access. Control. Responsibility. For whom. And from where. It’s a complex set of challenges made even more complex by its global scale. A rapidly changing regulatory environment in Europe, the Americas, and Asia has made it critical for IT leaders to be even more vigilant about their corporate policies concerning the handling of personal data, particularly in managed services environments. The delineation is clear: data privacy is the purview of individuals; data privacy, of companies. In other words, individuals own their data; companies are simply the stewards. Even so, the same rules do not apply in every jurisdiction – not by a long-shot – making the potential for corporate liability greater than ever before….

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Cogeco Peer 1 Announces New Point Of Presence In Mexico City

NEWS FACTS Cogeco Peer 1, a global provider of essential business-to-business products and services, today announced the launch of new network infrastructure in Mexico City, Mexico. This new Point of Presence (PoP), paired with the company’s extensive FastFiber Network™, 21 global data centers and cloud infrastructure, was constructed to accommodate Cogeco Peer 1’s broadening customer base and represents the company’s growing commitment to the Latin American market.

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DDoS Attacks: The True Cost and Impact

Each year the impact of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks gets bigger and harder to ignore. A study of 270 North American organizations, varying in size from 250 employees to 10,000+, shows the true costs and impact of DDoS attacks. The study gauged the organizations’ real experiences with these assaults. The infographic, shown below, pulls out the key highlights of the threat landscape. With DDoS assaults on the rise, unfortunately, organizations are still only protecting themselves with outdated, recall-based solutions. Instead, they should be safe-guarding their businesses with solutions that provide real protection against unscheduled downtime and financial losses. Organizations needs to be flexible and prepared. Those continuing to rely on existing protection solutions—or worse, no solution at all—will need to re-evaluate the risk to their business in light of the invasive threats. Download the Cogeco Peer 1 white paper, DDoS Protection: Keeping Your Business Safe, for a seven-point…

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Women in Tech: Pamela Hojilla, Legal Counsel

Interview: Pamela Hojilla, Legal Counsel Why did you join the technology industry? In private practice, I greatly enjoyed working with technology clients on strategic deals. They were entrepreneurial, creative and passionate about their products and services. When selecting an in-house position, it made sense to join the technology industry in order to be part of a culture that fosters innovation, efficiency and problem-solving. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally? My mom has inspired me throughout my life. She teaches by example and I’ve always been amazed by her work ethic and dedication to lifelong learning. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13 year old self what would it be? If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech? How do we encourage more women to consider STEM…

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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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