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Building an IT Security Culture Within Your Organization

Posted 16 Jun 2020 in IT Security & Advisories

Cybercrime has quadrupled as we prepare to enter the third quarter of 2020. This is reason enough for everyone in your organization to buy into enhanced managed IT security. But for that to happen there needs to be a shift in your corporate culture. Every individual on your team must adopt new security practices to the point that they become habitual. The following measures are key to a successful transformation.

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What is Multi Factor Authentication ~ Why You Need to Enable It Everywhere, Immediately

Posted 21 May 2020 in IT Security & Advisories

Multi Factor Authentication - MFA - offers organizations ultimate peace of mind. While a hacker may gain access to an employee’s password or device, they will run into a brick wall when asked to provide two or more complex credentials. With the FBI reporting that cybercrime has quadrupled by the 2nd quarter of 2020, you need to enable MFA immediately. Here’s what you need to know.

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2020 BYOD Policy for SMBs and Nonprofits

Posted 28 Apr 2020 in IT Security & Advisories

A key aspect of getting IT management right for small business and nonprofits is setting up a solid bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program. The hope for business leaders is that their staff can leverage the tools from their own device in a way that bolsters productivity. While it can improve communications and encourage remote work (i.e. they can answer critical emails while travelling), it opens your organization up to threats. Should you abolish the practice altogether? For some SMBs and non-profits, complete elimination of BYOD is not an option. But at the very least you need to create a firm policy.

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The Importance of Offsite Backups for SMBs

Posted 22 Apr 2020 in IT Security & Advisories

A critical part of our Managed Services is helping small business clients get a handle on data protection and what to do in the event of a disaster. Canadian spending on cloud infrastructure is forecast to grow by 77% over the next three years, but smaller businesses are expected to comprise under 10% of that spending share. Given that smaller businesses are more vulnerable and less likely to bounce back after IT disasters, this needs to change. It’s time for your small business to adopt offsite backups. Here’s why.

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COVID-19 Client Update - Managed IT Services

Posted 16 Mar 2020 in IT Security & Advisories

SIRKit CEO, Kris Wilkinson, provides an update on the proactive steps SIRKit has taken to keep its community and clients safe while continuing to deliver managed IT services and Onsite IT Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Introducing SIRKit Pods - Managed IT Services Done Better

Posted 27 Nov 2019 in IT Security & Advisories, SIRKit Live

SIRKit is excited to announce the launch of Pods, a system that pairs the experience and skill set of a large team with the personal touch of a small managed IT support team. Pods were born from many conversations with client prospects. It became clear that the challenges facing business leaders who retain IT companies or resources were common regardless of size, industry, complexity and support needs. If any of the following scenarios are familiar to you, you need SIRKit Pods.

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Computer Security Tips for the Workplace

Posted 15 Aug 2019 in IT Security & Advisories

Computer security in a corporate environment is concerned with the security of physical computers (desktops, laptops, mobile devices) and installed software. It’s only one component of cyber security, which is concerned with the entire network, but it absolutely requires your attention. Today, we’re going to look exclusively at your hardware so that you can block yet another cyber crime gateway to your IT systems.

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How Microsoft’s Response to Canadian Election Concerns Speak to Their Value for Your Business

Posted 31 Jul 2019 in IT Security & Advisories

Canadian Minister of Justice David Lametti recently admitted that he is losing sleep over data privacy and 2019 federal election interference in Canada. Days later, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould announced the Canada Declaration on Electoral Integrity Online before an international committee of politicians in Ottawa. The declaration is as it sounds, and takes aim at figuring out how best to protect citizens’ data privacy and democratic fairness in light of all that befell elections across the border on a fateful tail end of 2016. Governing bodies are calling upon tech giants (Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon, Mozilla, etc.) operating in Canada to sign onto the declaration on electoral integrity, and yet to date not all have followed suit. Microsoft, however, has shown leadership by signing on.

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Top 5 Phishing Targets Your Organization Needs to Protect

Posted 27 Jun 2019 in IT Security & Advisories

Phishing surpassed ransomware attacks for the first time last year, and now shares the throne as a top cyber security threat to businesses to watch out for in 2019. While it’s an organization-wide concern, evidence shows that there are certain individuals and departments that have bigger bullseyes painted on them. And as you might suspect, Phishers are going after them in droves in order to access sensitive data and/or inject malware. Today, we are identifying these top targets so that you can recognize human resource vulnerabilities and take preventative action.

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3 Recent Cyber Attacks on Canadian Soil ~ A Wake Up Call for Your Business

Posted 13 Jun 2019 in IT Security & Advisories

In April of 2019, IT World Canada reported that despite the awareness of IT security risks, most Canadian organizations remain unprepared for a cyber incident, with 74% stating that they do not have a response plan that is applied consistently across their entire company. Among the organizations that do have a plan, 59% admit to not testing them regularly, or at all. It seems that press releases and statistical reports have little to no impact on corporate decision makers, which is why it’s important to look at current and tangible examples of attacks that have occurred on our own soil. From these attacks, we hope that you draw the clear conclusion that now is the time to take action to prevent the same from happening to your company.

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