Archive for February 18, 2020

New Cisco report Forecasts 5G To Support More Than 8.5% Of Canadian mobile Connections By 2023

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2020 by itnerd

Today, Cisco released its Annual Internet Report. The report forecasts the growth of users, devices and connections as well as network performance and key trends over a five-year period (2018 – 2023).

In Canada, the report forecasts that:

  • Users are on the Rise: There will be 35.3 million total Internet users (91% of population) by 2023, up from 33.2 million (90% of population) in 2018.
  • Faster broadband speeds: The average fixed broadband speed will grow from 48.2 Mbps in 2018 to 136.4 Mbps in 2023.
  • A More Connected Everything: By 2023, there will be 423.1 million networked devices in Canada, up from 245.6 million in 2018.
  • 5G Takes Hold: There will be 8.5 million total 5G connections in Canada by 2023 and will be 8.9% of total mobile connections by 2023.

The press release that is related to this report can be found here and the report’s interactive highlight tool can be found here.

HEX Wireless Carry-On Now On Kickstarter

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2020 by itnerd

There’s a new player in the luggage category, and HEX is coming out strong, dropping the first Case-Top Wireless Carry-On Suitcase on Kickstarter.


The new HEX Wireless Carry-on is designed to do exactly that, not just carry your stuff (although it does that, too). HEX spent months working back and forth with fabricators to develop a new case-top wireless charging system – which now has a patent pending. The charging bay is integrated in a convenient place on the top of the bag, which makes charging your phone on-the-go simple.

Other premium features include the Makrolon Polycarbonate Shell (Makrolon is the Cadillac of poly), Hinomoto Lisof® Silent-Run Wheels, YKK’s EYL abrasion-resistant zippers, a modular packing pod system, and premium metal hardware throughout, among other features.

Kickstarter Price: $299 with limited early bird pricing of $279

Colors Available: Black and Glacier Camo

  • Patent Pending Wireless Charging System –  Charging bay is integrated and built right into the top of the suitcase so you can simply set your phone down when you’re on-the-go. If your phone still needs a cable to charge, the battery is backwards compatible and allows for standard USB cable charging as well.
  • Makrolon Polycarbonate Shell – Built with genuine Makrolon Polycarbonate –  basically the Cadillac of all polycarbonates – the shell is extremely strong, lightweight, and impact resistant. The exterior is finished in a matte satin micro-grain that looks and feels great.
  • YKK EYL Abrasion-Resistant Zippers – These zippers have 15 times the abrasion resistance of even YKK’s standard coil zippers and are tested at approximately 50,000 cycles instead of the normal 1,300 to 1,500 cycles for regular zippers.
  • Hinomoto Lisof® Silent-Run Wheels – Bearingless design allows them to run much more smoothly and silently than other wheels. Check out the noise comparison here.
  • TSA Approved Travel Locks – Travel Sentry certified TSA approved travel locks to keep your things safe and also allow TSA access.
  • Trolly and Grab Handles – The trolley handle is made from high grade aluminum to make it both lightweight and strong. It also has 3 extension heights so you can select the height best for you.
  • Wireless Powerbank – HEX’s own power bank battery fully meets TSA and FAA requirements as well as UN/DOT 38.8 standards, so you can bring your suitcase with battery, on the plane as your carry-on bag.
  • Premium Metal Hardware – Premium metal hardware is used on every strap – no plastic clips anywhere.
  • HEX Travel PODs – The perfect packing organization for your new suitcase. The HEX travel PODs come in 3 configurations: The Cosmetic POD, The Tech POD – in Small and Large and The Shoe PODs – in Small and Medium.

OpenText: Latest Threat Report Finds Spike In Phishing And Growth In Windows 7 Malware

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2020 by itnerd

OpenText™ today issued the 2020 Webroot Threat Report, highlighting not only the agility and innovation of cybercriminals who continue to seek out new ways to evade defenses, but also their commitment to long-established attack methods. Most notably, Webroot observed a 640 per cent increase in phishing attempts and a 125 per cent increase in malware targeting Windows 7®. The report is derived from metrics captured and analyzed by Webroot’s advanced, cloud-based machine learning architecture: the Webroot® Platform.

Notable Findings:

Phishing URLs encountered grew by 640 per cent in 2019.

  • 1 in 4 malicious URLs is hosted on an otherwise non-malicious domain.
  • 8.9 million URLs were found hosting a cryptojacking script.
  • The top sites impersonated by phishing sites or cybercriminals are Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google, PayPal and DropBox.
  • The top five kinds of websites impersonated by phishing sites are crypto exchanges (55%), gaming (50%), web email (40%), financial institutions (40%) and payment services (32%).

Malware targeting Windows 7® increased by 125 per cent.

  • 93.6 per cent of malware seen was unique to a single PC – the highest rate ever observed.
  • 85 per cent of threats hide in one of four locations: %temp%, %appdata%, %cache%, and %windir%, with more than half of threats (54.4%) on business PCs hiding in %temp% folders. This risk can be easily mitigated by setting a Windows policy to disallow programs from running from the temp directory.
  • IP addresses associated with Windows exploits grew by 360 percent, with the majority of exploits targeting out-of-date operating systems.

Consumer PCs remain nearly twice as likely to get infected as business PCs.

  • The data reveals that regions most likely to be infected also have the highest rates of using older operating systems.
  • Of the infected consumer devices, more than 35 per cent were infected more than three times, and nearly 10 per cent encountered six or more infections.
  • The continued insecurity of consumer PCs underscore the risk companies face in allowing employees to connect to business networks from their personal devices.

Trojans and malware accounted for 91.8 per cent of Android™ threats.

Explore all the findings here.

The 2020 Webroot Threat Report presents analysis, findings and insights from the Webroot Threat Research team on the state of cyber threats. The report analyzed samples from more than 37 billion URLs, 842 million domains, 4 billion IP addresses, 31 million active mobile apps, and 36 billion file behavior records. The statistics presented in this annual threat report are derived from metrics automatically captured and analyzed by the Webroot® Platform, our advanced, cloud-based machine learning architecture. This system provides proactive protection for users and networks against both known and zero-day, never-before-seen and advanced persistent threats. Threat intelligence produced by the platform is used by Webroot® endpoint security products and by technology partners through Webroot BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence Services.

The Webroot® Platform harnesses the cloud and artificial intelligence to protect businesses and individuals against cyber threats. We provide endpoint protection, network protection, and security awareness training solutions purpose built for managed service providers and small businesses. Webroot BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence Services are used by market leading companies like Cisco, F5 Networks, Citrix, Aruba, A10 Networks, and more. Leveraging the power of machine learning to protect millions of businesses and individuals. Learn more at


Dell Technologies Innovates To Help Customers Realize Competitive Insights

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2020 by itnerd

Dell Technologies announces new solutions to help customers adjust to the changing nature of data and help capture the time-sensitive value of the billions of devices at the edge, outside of a traditional data center. With a host of new offerings—including new edge server designs, smaller modular data centers, enhanced telemetry management and a streaming analytics engine—customers are better positioned to realize the value of their data wherever it resides.

According to research from Gartner Inc., “By 2022, as a result of digital business projects, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralized data center or cloud – an increase from the less than 10% generated today”1

While numerous definitions of “edge” abound, many miss the bigger picture: the edge is not a single place, rather it is defined by a set of characteristics and constraints including bandwidth, IT skills, security, operating environment, space and power. Successful technology leaders are rethinking the placement of applications and infrastructure, distributing them as close to the point of data creation as possible to reduce latency and increase response time. This enables real-time insights at the edge to inform decision-making and improve competitiveness.

Dell Technologies now offers the following systems and software to help customers address the opportunities and challenges at their edge locations.


Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 server offers dense compute, robust security for edge environments

The new Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 is a compact, “short depth,” high-performance server designed for space-constrained and challenging operating conditions often encountered in edge deployments. As an example, the system delivers the performance, availability and security required for telecommunications customers building out edge networks critical for the implementation of 5G.

The Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 provides a low-latency, two-socket system with the flexibility to add up to four accelerators and 92TB of storage per server to handle growing business application demands as well as analytics. Designed for tough environments, it has Network Equipment-Building System certification with extended operating temperature tolerance and an optional filtered bezel for dusty locations. Front-accessible input/output and power provide easy access for field serviceability.


Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro 415 brings the data center to far-reaching and rugged environments

Designed to customers’ specific requirements, this new, smaller Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro 415 (MDC Micro) offers pre-integrated, enterprise-level data center IT, power, cooling and remote management in a size shorter and narrower than a parking spot. This helps enable customers to deploy a complete data center to what would otherwise be considered non-data center locations, such as the base of a telecommunications cell tower. The MDC Micro provides enhanced physical protection for IT equipment at the edge with extreme temperature-resistant enclosures, key lock doors and option for smoke detection and fire suppression.


Dell EMC iDRAC9 Datacenter software brings remote access for a uniform, more secure server management experience from the edge to the core to the cloud

The new Dell Remote Access Controller, iDRAC 9 Datacenter, embedded management technology adds streaming data analytics capabilities critical for understanding edge operations to all Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. iDRAC 9 Datacenter helps customers meet the requirements for deploying, securing and operating edge environments. Its remote deployment capability can reduce administrator-attended time by up to 99.1% per server after initial setup compared to manual deployment. With streaming telemetry on iDRAC9, customers can discover trends, fine tune operations, and create predictive analytics to help ensure peak performance, reduce downtime and prevent risk.

New, simplified automated certificate enablement is designed to provide zero-touch security at the edge and in central locations. With up to 20 new metric reports providing nearly 2.9 million data points per server, customers’ IT departments can leverage AI operations to develop custom routines based on the specific data they want to analyze for one, or all, iDRAC9 enabled systems wherever they’re deployed.


Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform stores and analyzes edge data

The new Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform allows for ingestion and analysis of streaming data from the edge. Customers may now simplify infrastructure management to help harvest critical business insights and focus on new opportunities to improve their data infrastructure.

This enterprise-ready platform delivers a single solution for all customers’ data (whether streaming or not) that provides auto-scaling ingestion, tiered storage with historical recall on-demand and unified analytics for both real-time and historical business insights.



  • The Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 will begin initial availability in the second quarter of 2020
  • The Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro is expected to be available beginning in the second half of 2020
  • The Dell EMC iDRAC9 Datacenter and the Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform are available globally today


Additional resources

  • Read the blog from Sam Grocott, senior vice president, Dell Technologies on meeting the new IT challenges at the edge

FlexJobs Identifies 10 Remote Leadership Jobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 18, 2020 by itnerd

The belief that remote jobs are only suited for lower-skilled, entry-level workers remains a common misconception about remote work. In fact, the average remote worker is 46 years old or older, has at least a bachelor’s degree, and earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker. To demonstrate that remote jobs are available at the highest career level and to educate people about the professional remote job market, FlexJobs has identified ten leadership jobs for virtual workers.

Data entry, writing, medical coding, and technical jobs tend to be the typical titles most associated with remote work. However, many industries have adapted and offer remote work arrangements. Healthcare, computer/IT, education, and finance are among the top industries for remote jobs. Remote job offerings in every career area will likely continue to grow with technological advances and more open attitudes towards remote working.

About the Jobs on This List
The remote leadership jobs below all offer some type of remote work arrangement, ranging from partial remote work to 100% remote. Average salary information from PayScale, which may slightly differ depending on location, is also included. Some common executive-level remote job titles include director, executive director, vice president, medical director, and various C-level jobs such as COO, CFO, and CEO.

Companies in the U.S. have added the most workers since May 2015, making it an extremely robust market for job seekers of all career levels.

10 Remote Leadership Jobs

Chief Financial Officer
Average Salary: $132,467
A CFO manages the financials of a company. Tracking cash flow and financial planning, analyzing financial strengths and weaknesses of a company, and providing solutions are some common tasks. This executive-level job often requires 10 or more years of experience.

Chief Marketing Officer
Average Salary: $172,492
The chief marketing officer will oversee developing marketing plans that help companies gain brand recognition and customers. The CMO will need to understand the company’s marketplace position and heavily rely upon performance analytics to develop detailed strategies in this remote leadership job.

Chief Technology Officer
Average Salary: $159,532
A CTO is in charge of the technological needs of a company or organization. The role finds and implements technology solutions to help a company succeed and leads the development and maintenance of a technology road map.

Director of Communications
Average Salary: $79,900
Communications directors help create a positive image of a company to the public by overseeing strategy and messaging. They may act as a spokesperson and contact for journalists and also monitor the public perception of the company.

Director of Content Strategy
Average Salary: $127,674
In this remote leadership job, typically more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications, or publishing can qualify you for this role. Common duties include determining a company’s content strategy based on the company’s and users’ needs, managing writers, creating an editorial calendar, and conducting SEO research.

Sales Director
Average Salary: $99,317
Sales directors lead sales teams by providing vision and guidance. Approving sales projections and budgets, hiring sales managers, and working with marketing and logistics teams are some typical tasks.

Vice President of Business Development
Average Salary: $133,599
This executive-level role develops and executes an organization’s sales and marketing plans. Creating new client relationships, writing proposals, managing a sales team, and setting team and company-wide goals are tasks of this job.

Vice President of Engineering
Average Salary: $167,990
A VP of engineering will manage a team to get products completed. This role has a big-picture view of what stakeholders or clients need and the route to meet these needs. Many times, seven to 12 years of experience are needed to qualify for this executive-level job.

Vice President of Operations
Average Salary: $127,799
An operations VP most often works with the company president to assist with daily operations. With a thorough understanding of company operations, this role will provide business performance leadership, monitor finances, and evaluate operational procedures.

Vice President of Project Management
Average Salary: $170,398
This role provides direction and leadership on project management tasks. A project management VP handles developing a road map, prioritizing projects, communicating with key stakeholders, and creating best practices.

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