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Ransomware threat to Canadian businesses broadens

Recent hacker attacks — including the first successful attack on an Apple computer, and several attacks on U.S. and Canadian hospitals — have reminded Canadian businesses of the need to be vigilant about the danger posed by ransomware.

 

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Is it really possible to control employees’ use of company computers?

Policies can help you manage employees’ and others’ use of company IT resources, and dramatically reduce the potential risk to you and your assets.

 

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CASL “take 2”: New provisions coming for January 2015

Author: Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP The entry into force of the first group of provisions of Canada’s anti-spam act [1] (CASL) on July 1, 2014, (the Spam Provisions) generated considerable attention. Now that businesses have (hopefully) determined and deployed their compliance strategy for the Spam Provisions, another set of articles from CASL is […]

 

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What businesses can learn from Heartbleed

Much has been written about Heartbleed and the speed at which various companies have reacted to it. Notably, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) closed their online portal for some time and lost hundreds of Social Insurance Numbers. It was also revealed that the NSA has been using the bug for over two years to get […]

 

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New anti-spam legislation could bolster Canadian privacy commissioner’s call for greater PIPEDA enforcement powers

Canada’s new anti-spam legislation comes into effect later this year, and it packs a punch—fines of up to $10 million per violation for companies and up to $1 million per violation for individuals. The government was clearly prepared to give regulators substantial teeth to both encourage compliance and punish non-compliance.

 

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Government anti-spam website offers tips for businesses, organizations and individuals awaiting regulations

The federal government has introduced a website dedicated to its new anti-spam law, the Electronic Commerce Protection Act. The website, Fightspam.gc.ca, describes the provisions of the law and its purposes, and outlines how organizations and individuals can make sure they abide by the law and protect themselves from spam and other electronic threats.

 

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Securing your web

How often do you think about malware? Do you consider it a threat to your operations? Do you have a strategy to prevent malware attacks and deal with them if they do occur? Is your strategy up to date?

 

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Anti-spam bill receives royal assent

The Anti-spam bill places restrictions on the type of unsolicited communications organizations can send. You will only be allowed to send commercial electronic messages if the recipient has given express or implied consent. A commercial electronic message is one whose purpose is “to encourage participation in a commercial activity”…

 

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The cost of malware

After a carefree summer, here´s just the thing to help you prepare for the terrors of the modern workplace: a recent OECD study entitled Computer Viruses and Other Malicious Software: A Threat to the Internet Economy, which estimates that the average business spends between 6 and 10 percent of its total technology budget addressing issues arising from malware.

 

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