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A story about high-pressure sales tactics at a Toronto consumer electronics store garners national attention, Apple is investing a few million more in Corning glassmaker, and guess who suffers from Zoom fatigue? He’s the CEO of Zoom.
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In case you missed it
The latest tech news that we may not have heard of yet, or it’s the news we brought back that we feel is worth remaking.
It’s not a question of if, but a question of when
Last week, technology solution and service provider organizations CDW Canada released its 2021 Cyber ââSecurity Study, Innovation in cybersecurity: approach, tools and technologies.
Since the start of the pandemic, digital solutions have played an increasingly important role in maintaining the business continuity of Canadian organizations. But this digitization and the shift to remote working has led to an increase in cyber attacks and an overall heightened sense of cybersecurity awareness. Ninety-nine percent of companies surveyed reported a cyberattack between November 2019 and November 2020.
Additionally, the investigation found that the cost of cyber-compromise has reached an all-time high – with an average of $ 1,257,000 spent per organization – as malicious actors continue to capitalize on the ongoing changes and disruption that businesses are facing today. This amount has increased by 47% from $ 853,000 in 2019.
It was a cross-sector, pan-Canadian survey of 557 IT security and risk and compliance professionals. [Complete findings of the research can be found here].
75% of IT managers still find hybrid cloud integrations difficult
Hybrid cloud management platform provider CloudBolt, as well as knowledge platform as a service, Pulse surveyed more than 100 technical executives (directors, vice presidents and general managers) around the world to conduct a temperature control regarding integrations with existing IT infrastructure, network and security tools within their organizations
It turns out that people are still struggling to focus on hybrid cloud integrations: 94% of respondents agreed that hybrid cloud is essential to digital transformation, but there are still many obstacles preventing progress. Specifically, respondents cited three key initiatives most critical for digital transformation through hybrid cloud: enable self-service computing, accelerate automation initiatives, and optimize spend in the cloud.
Respondents agreed that the following challenges currently exist in current approaches:
- Over half (56%) say they think their self-service IT is too difficult, requiring expertise in cloud and infrastructure tools
- 76% say they still rely on some form of custom coding to integrate different tools to advance their IT automation initiatives
- 78% say they don’t have the visibility to optimize cloud deployments, while 54% say they don’t have automated means to optimize cloud costs
Data was collected from February 24 to March 11, 2021 [Complete findings of the reports can be found here]
More open to crypto
The New Mastercard Payments Index shows that 94% of Canadians plan to use an emerging payment method, such as cryptocurrency, biometrics, contactless or QR code, within the next year.
More than half (52%) of Canadian millennials say they are more open to using cryptocurrency than a year ago. Almost four in 10 consumers say they are excited about the potential of biometric verification methods (38%) and feel more secure using biometrics to verify a purchase. Sixty-two percent say payment methods like biometrics, QR codes are cleaner than cash (62 percent) and more convenient (52 percent) for in-person payments.
The survey methodology included online interviews with more than 15,500 consumers in 18 countries in four regions of the world, with more than 1,000 respondents from Canada. [Complete findings of the study can be found here].
US data center company Stack Infrastructure enters Canada
Last week, US data center company Stack Infrastructure announced its first international expansion with a new 56 MW data center campus in Toronto, Ontario.
The company has partnered with First Gulf, a Canadian development and construction company, to develop the data center which it says will include immediate capacity ready in mid-2022 as well as future expansion.
Stack Infrastructure says new Toronto data center will allow hyperscale and enterprise customers to choose between ready capacity, powered hull and custom build-to-build opportunities [Full news release here].
ICYMI – World IT Canada
PayIt May Not Pass With Toronto Online Payment Contract, Says SQL CEO [Full story]
What’s worse is if that adoption doesn’t resume, the general manager of Toronto SQL Power Group technology company, Sam Selim, said it could end up hurting the city in the long run.
Industry Leaders Form New Semiconductor Council to Strengthen Canada’s Chip Supply Chain [Full story]
This week, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, FranÃ§ois-Philippe Champagne, announced the launch of the new Cyber ââSecurity Innovation Network program with an investment of $ 80 million over four years.
ICYMI – IT Business Canada
Infosec experts say CISOs need to add multi-factor authentication for connections to better protect their organizations against credential theft.
Jay Badiani is comfortable discussing everything from quantum computing to corporate citizenship. As a guest of ITWC President Fawn Annan for an April 2021 installment of CMO Discussions, a podcast series on the challenges of marketing, he focused on his mission, as Director of Marketing for IBM Canada, to set a new standard for customers and partners in a hybrid cloud world.
Amazon is suspending its Prime Day marketing event in Canada due to recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at its facilities in Peel Region, Ontario.
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Colocation data center solutions provider Canada15Edge Data Centers recently announced its merger with Whipcord Ltd., an Alberta-based cloud and colocation provider.
Much like the rest of the industry, HPE is moving to a subscription-based, all-as-a-service business with its GreenLake offering, and earlier this week the company announced that its storage business was the latest to benefit from the treatment.
D&H Distribution launches a âComponents and Gamesâ business unit around its e-sport, its PC games and its personalized PC integrated components.
Bookmarks of the week
These are bookmarked tweets that we believe are worth sharing.
– Joseph Cox (@josephfcox) May 10, 2021
A New York-based construction company completed a 3D printed house in just eight days, and it’s on sale for $ 300,000. pic.twitter.com/LLbrTzUUFQ
– CNET (@CNET) May 9, 2021
Toronto Council APPROVES the PayIt Agreement, 17-8. pic.twitter.com/Ymj974DW68
– Matt Elliott (@GraphicMatt) May 5, 2021
#PrivacyTip: See if your smart device has an option to disconnect and become a “dumb” device, in case a security threat that cannot be protected presents itself on the road. #PrivacyAwarenessWeek # 2021PAW https://t.co/9aYSOnXFRS pic.twitter.com/WVnX5J9OOU
– OPC (@PrivacyPrivee) May 5, 2021