Industry Wrap  № 10.

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This week we shared articles across our social media covering the following topics: IT ROI: Security, Enable Efficiency through Innovation, IT road map as a plain language collaboration platform,

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We’ve all heard it, don’t reuse passwords. The importance of that rule is reminded with the recent attack on the CRA.

It is important to keep up with your “cyber hygiene “as well to ensure you don’t become a victim of digital fraud. The CRA temporarily suspended its online services on the weekend in response to the cyberattack. What is credential stuffing? And how can Canadians stay safe? A credential is a username and password, and stuffing is when essentially you have these usernames and passwords and you test them against very popular sites. Hackers who have acquired hundreds of usernames and passwords will turn to bots to see if the account details allow them access to anything.

It is convenient for us to use the same username and password. It is basic cyber hygiene to have a different username and password for your accounts with the emphasizes on creating a strong password which mixes upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and avoid using dictionary words


63% of executives say that increasing productivity is the most important strategic goal, yet a lack of IT integration remains a major roadblock. Move to a simplified IT infrastructure to help facilitate this.

With artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and the internet of things (IoT), the line between the physical and virtual work environment is blurring, and the workplace is becoming more virtual. Organizations are transforming their structures and workflows to mirror the distributed nature of work, an effort, in turn, made possible by new technologies. Intelligent technologies such as AI, AR/VR, and the sensor technologies behind the IoT are changing business models, organizational structures, and, above all, the way workers collaborate and make decisions. Navigating the road ahead means aligning intelligent technologies and integrating them to work together to help executives increase employee productivity, acquire talent, and optimize for the future of work, whether it’s in a physical workplace or done remotely.


Here are 10 tips to tidy up and streamline your work from home deployments after a rapid initial roll-out.

Some IT department has not communicated their technology components for working from home well. So, before you independently kluge together an ad hoc application solution for downloading and sharing corporate documents using Gmail and Google Docs, ask your IT department for their recommendations and expectations. Here are my tips for improving application software that ensures an effective MVP for working from home.

1. Organization network access 2. Organization application access
3. Telephone 4. Video calling
5. Team Collaboration 6. Document management
7. Adequate Internet access 8. Reasonable network
9. Laptop 10. Printer



IT road map as a plain language Collaboration Platform

Imagine networks that can protect important data with VIP treatment, automatically recover from problems, while using the right amount of capacity. Networks are adapting to our dynamic environment

Without the right infrastructure, networks can get clogged, applications get glitchy and users become frustrated. For example, video can be bandwidth-intensive yet sensitive to delays – the frozen images, out of sync voices or dropped connections make for a sub-par experience. Even low-bandwidth applications can be susceptible to high-latency, impacting real-time communications or transactions. Using software intelligence like segment routing for efficient control, and hardware innovations such as ultra-fast speed with trustworthy systems, this set of solutions can help adapt to unpredictable network factors. Imagine networks that can protect important data with VIP treatment, automatically recover from problems, while using the right amount of capacity.

These days, flexibility is paramount, and Cisco offers a wide range of options plus the in-depth expertise needed to solve problems through different use cases, including for healthcare, education, utilities, cities, banking and service provider networks. A perfect example is Cisco’s flexible consumption models that have helped to elastically adjust to new traffic volumes with a software license.


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