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Ontario Municipalities Still not Ready for a Ransomware Attack

I had a great time last week at the MISA Ontario Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. We chatted with visitors about privacy compliance and ransomware protection and made over 150 specialty coffees, thanks to our friends at LatteBooth. Hopefully, those who visited our booth took away more than just a complimentary coffee! Our ransomware solution…

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How to Easily Respond to Right of Access Requests

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We mentioned this in a previous blog post, but it’s worth repeating: The European Union has taken an activist stance against privacy breaches by enacting the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Similar legislation exists in other jurisdictions, while still others are using GDPR to model their own regulatory framework. Why does GDPR matter? GDPR has…

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How to Simply Enable Right to Erasure (ie. Right to Be Forgotten) Requests

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If you’ve been paying even casual attention to the news, you know that companies like Facebook, Google, and (the now defunct) Cambridge Analytica have come under fire for how they handle people’s information. Yet underneath the media firestorm, these same companies have continued to be extraordinarily profitable (well, except for Cambridge Analytica). Those profits enable…

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How to Stay Safe From Ransomware

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In the time it took for you to open this document and start reading it, a new ransomware variant has been developed. Every 18 seconds! And unfortunately, these new ransomware variants are intelligently developed and deployed. It is unlikely that your data is sufficiently protected to stop this new breed of ransomware. They first target…

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Protecting Your Data for Compliance and Ransomware

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GDPR and other PII regulations have dramatically changed how companies handle and are held accountable for the data they collect. Consumers have been empowered to ask companies about the PII information they collect on them, and then have it erased. The Right of Access and Right to Erasure regulations means companies need to know more…

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Compliance Is a Word You Are Going to Keep Hearing

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If you are not familiar with the new compliance regulations, it’s time to take note. Europe (GDPR), Japan (APII), Singapore (PDPA), and recently California (CCPA) have announced sweeping regulations governing personally-identifiable information (PII). The acronyms for these compliance regulations are almost as bad as the fines attached to them. Europe’s GDPR has fines starting at…

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Municipal IT Security Is Top of Mind at MISA Infosec, but Few Are Prepared

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The rise in cyberattacks on local and municipal governments was the focus of the recent MISA Ontario Infosec conference held in October, and we at ioFABRIC learned a lot. Unfortunately, what we learned wasn’t all good. The event attracts municipal IT professionals and managers, and we talked to most attendees about their information security strategies.…

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Trick or Treat! It’s a Treat from Network World

Thank you Network World for naming ioFABRIC on its list of 10 hot business continuity startups to watch! “Business continuity is about a lot more than natural disasters,” said editor Jeff Vance Denial of service attacks, ransomware and even network outages can undermine business continuity.” “The startups listed offer everything from blockchain-based distributed storage to…

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Don’t Let Your City Be Held for Ransom

ZDNet has reported that 19 percent of all ransomware attacks are directed at government agencies, and it’s no surprise why. As we discussed previously, small IT teams and small budgets set up some difficult conditions for data protection. City, county, and other municipal government offices are vulnerable for a number of reasons. They have lots of sensitive data…

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