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Inclusion and Diversity in Tech: Building a Stronger Workplace

  Diversity in the workplace is more than a news headline and has become an increasingly important matter for many businesses. Not only is having an inclusive workforce incredibly beneficial for the staff and customers, it is the right thing to do as a corporate citizen. Working with people that have had different experiences and found new ways to overcome obstacles increases innovation throughout the industry. Lastly, there is no question that technology is global. Inclusion in this space should be a given – not an option. In 1965, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was founded in order to foster diversity in the workplace for women and minority groups. While there has been progress over the last 50 years, there is still much room for improvement. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, out of the thousands of professional workers in the country today,…

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Protecting Customers and Data During a Natural Disaster

The consumer identifies a business by its brand. That brand is more than the logo and a website. It comprises of everything the business stands for. While IT and data management may often be considered the behind the scenes part of the company, they are in fact, the most vital part of the brand.  Why?  Well, if IT fails, the establishment lets its customers down and the reputation of the brand is damaged – sometimes permanently. Choosing the best IT solution means defining needs, but these requirements mean more than size and safety measures. Many businesses look at security only through an online lens in terms of hacking threats and malware being the major threats.  While we have seen the damage these online incidents can deliver to a company, natural disasters can be just as equally devastating. Being unprepared for a natural disaster can do much more than result in…

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Meltdown and Spectre: What can I do now?

2018 has started with a bang as two new vulnerabilities hit our screens. Meltdown and Spectre made a show a few weeks ago, and while it caused IT teams across the world a giant headache, it also caused us all to take a look at the way we manage our security protection as a whole. Both Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors which allow other programs to steal data like passwords, photos, emails and business critical data. For a full understanding of the two vulnerabilities, visit https://meltdownattack.com/ Now, while these issues are for the hardware vendors like Intel and Dell to address, it’s crucial to apply the given patches to cover the vulnerability. Patch management is a critical aspect of risk management – and one that we neglect all too often in favor of other needs. The major downside of course to patching lies in the age-old argument…

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Cogeco Peer 1 Renews Its Privacy Shield Certification

  With the EU General Data Protection Guidelines (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, Cogeco Peer 1 is pleased to announce that we have renewed our certification under the EU-US Privacy Shield Program and are publicly committed to complying with its requirements. This certification enables us to legally transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States while meeting EU data protection requirements. Read our privacy policy here: https://www.cogecopeer1.com/legal/privacy-policy/ The European Commission introduced the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework in August 2016 to address the changing needs of data management and privacy, replacing the previous Safe Harbor Principles which had been deemed no longer robust enough. The Privacy Shield Principles comprise a set of seven commonly recognized privacy principles combined with 16 equally binding supplemental principles, which explain and augment the first seven. Collectively, these 23 Privacy Shield Principles lay out a set of requirements governing participating organizations’ use and treatment of personal data…

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No matter what form, disruption is coming for you in 2018

With the New Year here, we are all being inundated with hot takes on what happened in 2017 and what we can all expect from the technology industry in 2018. A quick look at some of these lists brings up a few familiar themes: artificial intelligence, cyber security, blockchain, machine learning, mobility, cloud computing. These are the trends that are going to be disrupting industries across the spectrum in 2018. Depending on which column you read, these technologies are either going to completely upend your business right now, or they’re not something to be worried about for a few years. But the bottom line is, whether you think it’s going to be one year or five years from now, your company is going to face disruption. It’s coming for you. Maybe you’re already seeing it, maybe you’ve planned for what you thought was coming. But even if you’re not sure…

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Security vulnerabilities affecting Intel, ARM and AMD processors

Cogeco Peer 1 is aware of the industry wide vulnerabilities affecting certain Intel, AMD and ARM processors. As a Hosting and Managed Services company, Cogeco Peer 1 houses many customer solutions ranging from colocation to managed infrastructure. Our engineering and security teams are working with key vendors to ensure our internal and customer environments are fully protected. We will provide communication to impacted customers and seek to minimize any impact as updates and patches are applied or made available. Our priority is to ensure that all our customer environments are secure and protected from the potential risks of this vulnerability.

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A Look Ahead in IT: Innovation, Trends, and Threats in 2018

As 2017 comes to an end, tech firms are jumping ahead, opening their ears and minds to what is to come in the following twelve months. A year ago, the rage was augmented reality and digital twins. Hackers were still a big concern, and it was projected that they were going to continue doing what they do best; however, the magnitude of their work such as the Equifax breach and vote tampering surprised even the most pessimistic forecasters. 2018 will undoubtedly challenge, surprise, and bring about new innovations in the IT industry, but what can we expect in the next year? The New Look of Big Data: Intelligent & Connected One of the most significant developments for the coming year will be the evolution of blockchain, as Forrester predicts 30% of proofs of concept will pick up the pace for blockchain for the companies that are able to consider its…

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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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