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The Future of Women in STEM According to Jaime Leverton

Title: The Future of Women in STEM According to Jaime Leverton On November 29th, our very own Jaime Leverton, VP & GM Canada and APAC, was featured as a speaker at the Information Technology Association of Canada’s (ITAC) Women in Leadership session. Created in in partnership with Canadian Women in Communications and Technology (WCT), this speaker series was designed to showcase successful female role models from the technology world as thought leaders, to help encourage more women to seek our leadership roles. As someone who has been a driving force behind moving the needle on female participation and leadership in the ICT industry, Jaime was a natural choice. Below are highlights of Jaime’s discussion with Mary Whittle, Chair of ITAC’s Diversity Committee, which touch on her role as a transformational leader in an ever-changing environment, and how she handles her position in an industry that is lagging in female leadership….

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To Keep up with the Pace, IT Becomes Accommodating with Hybrid Solutions

Every business, big or small, mature or a start-up, is faced with the challenge of making the best IT decisions for their company. These decisions are no longer limited to the internal IT department, but they involve and impact the entire firm throughout their interactions internally and with customers. To add to this pressure is the fact that technology evolves at a precipitous pace, and keeping up can at times be overwhelming.   To choose the right IT solution, a business must first define themselves and their needs. However, finding the technology that fits with this definition is often difficult. That is where hybrid IT comes in, balances out the equation, and allows the comparison of different options.  Hybrid IT combines at least two various technologies from a variety of choices, such as cloud, managed hosting and services, and on-premise selections, to offer a continuous and powerful solution. Instead of…

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Is data protection already in your business’ contingency plan?

Natural disasters can abruptly threaten our comfort, stability and even lives. Fortunately, their impact can be lessened with a solid and all-inclusive contingency plan—and not just for families, but businesses as well. Latin American companies, for example, must be aware that Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador are among the countries most in risk of natural disasters. Also, given that many Latin American countries have an Atlantic and/or Pacific coast, they should also note that 2017 has seen more hurricanes of higher intensity than the average. This begs the question: When a natural disaster strikes, is your business’ contingency plan up to par? Of course, the basics of your contingency plan will include communicating to employees and customers about the natural disaster and ensuring their safety and well-being, as well as protecting the infrastructure of your building. But is data being prioritized too? While it may not be the…

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The Evolving State of Cloud Security

Businesses around the world are eager to jumpstart their digital transformation and journey to the cloud – ultimately improving operational agility, but the transition can be risky if security practices are not taken into consideration. The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance estimates that six months after suffering a cyberattack, 60 percent of companies go under. Add to this, the Ponemon Institute states, the average price for small businesses to clean up after their businesses have been hacked stands at $690,000; and, for middle market companies, it’s over $1 million. According to Alert Logic’s 2017 Cloud Security Report, hybrid cloud implementations have a 141% higher rate of security incidents than a pure public cloud environment. Let that settle in for a moment…it may seem like a surprising deviance, but as reported by our cloud security partner’s data source of 3,800+ customers. It is one of the many discoveries from their most…

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What’s the Answer to Password Overload?

As we close out National Cyber Security Awareness Month, one of things that continues to be top of mind and one of the tools we need to stay safe online is the password. How many passwords do you use (and therefore have to remember) on a daily basis? Two? Five? More than 10? If you’re anything like me then it’s a lot. And while password managers are better today than they’ve ever been – more secure, more intuitive, more flexible – the password situation across all of our software applications, hardware devices, social networks, etc. isn’t ideal for data protection. Of course, the need for strong passwords is unquestionable. We’re living in an age where phishing, social engineering, and brute force DDoS attacks are commonplace. Cybercrime is no longer something that affects other people, but rather a concern we have all come to realize. Last year alone, cybercrime cost the…

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Why Technology Partnerships Are Crucial for Financial Services Institution Compliance

It’s an industry that’s been a little more reluctant than most to shift its infrastructure and computing needs to the cloud, but it’s an inevitable transition that the financial services sector must embrace. After all, the raft of benefits cloud computing platforms afford organizations is undeniable – agility, scalability, on demand compute power, competitive pricing models, the list goes on – yet there was always two closely-associated factors that prevented financial services and baking institutions from jumping on board: security and compliance. However, while naysayers were saying it would never happen and that banks would never entrust their precious data to public cloud providers, many institutions were already experimenting with cloud technologies – even if they weren’t actively announcing it. The turning point, so to speak, where the world was put on notice as to just how pivotal the cloud could be for the financial services industry, came when Capital…

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Do Our Smartphones Make Us More or Less Collaborative?

Today, the immense popularity and pervasiveness of smartphones is undeniable. According to Ericsson’s latest annual Mobility Report, there are more than 3.8 Billion smartphones in use around the world today – and that figure is expected to top 6.8 billion by 2020! We’re living in an age where being constantly connected is the norm, so is it any wonder that “smombies” (smartphone zombies) – people who walk along with their eyes glued to their smartphones – are such a common sight on our streets? The trend of talking and texting while walking has even been found to alter our gait, seeing us employ a “cautious and exaggerated stepping strategy,” according to research published recently in the journal PLOS ONE by scientists at Anglia Ruskin University. Then there’s the reality that a single modern smartphone is millions of times more powerful than all of NASA’s combined computing in 1969 – the…

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Digital Transformation: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Digital transformation is like a penetrating wind reaching into all areas of commerce, business and government. If there’s any doubt about this, consider what industry analysts IDC recently said: at the end of 2017, the vast majority of the world’s largest businesses will put digital transformation at the centre of corporate strategies. I recently gave a presentation at an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) conference about the need for and benefits of digital transformation. ICE understands the winds of change have been blowing for some time and recently launched a digital transformation campaign. Digital transformation takes different shapes according to the industry in which it is taking place. Within civil engineering and construction, it is largely digitised engineering and the ability to monitor infrastructure so engineers can use real data to influence construction and maintenance. This is significant and the implications are tremendous. The Three Gorges Dam in China is…

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Partnering with the Right Web Hosting Provider: 5 Factors to Consider

How should a company decide on which web hosting provider to use? Many businesses only look at the price when partnering with a website host provider, but there are other considerations that can better guide companies seeking the best provider match for their business. It is definitely not all about the price. CNET offers a few tips for picking the right one: Know your hosting needs. For example, text-only sites have different needs than video-heavy sites do. Picture what you want to do with your website now—and then form an educated conclusion on what you plan to do with it for following 12 months. Do you expect it to grow significantly? If you do expect your site to grow, find out if the web host provider can work with you to take your site to the next level. Does the provider offer options for more processing power, memory capacity, disk…

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Great British Scaleup Programme partners with Cogeco Peer 1 for infrastructure support

From digital acorns do big tech companies grow. This is one great reason why it’s an honour to be chosen as the infrastructure services partner for TechMarketView’s Great British Scaleup Programme. The programme is aimed at supporting privately held, UK tech SMEs to accelerate their growth further with the help of external investment. Cogeco Peer 1 is the first tech partner to be chosen for the programme, and we’re going to be providing insight and support around cloud, hosting, colocation, security and network and connectivity solutions. In practice, this means an initial free infrastructure assessment provided by our solution engineers and network architects. Also, advice on technology mixes that are not only the best for current operations, but also provide a platform for rapid scale up in the future. Tech start-ups are faced with many challenges ranging from finding a suitable flexible contract and office accommodation to finance and transport…

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