Archive for February 18, 2021

Infographic: A Spectrum Of Microsoft’s Companies

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New LinkedIn Data Reveals What’s Keeping Canadians In Their Current Jobs

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In previous editions of the Workforce Confidence Index, LinkedIn examined what Canadian jobseekers are willing to do to land their next roles in this tough labour market. But what effect is the pandemic having on Canadians who are currently employed?

LinkedIn’s latest research looks at what’s motivating Canadian workers to stay in their current roles right now – and how that may differ across generations:

  • As Canada’s official unemployment rate in January rose to its highest since August, the latest Workforce Confidence Index survey found roughly two thirds (68%) of employed Canadians are “sheltering” in their current jobs in some form – that’s to say prioritizing a steady pay cheque over career growth or work they find inherently rewarding.
  • More than half (53%) cited a steady paycheck as a top motivator for staying in their current position, while roughly a quarter pointed to their organization’s perks and benefits as a key motivator (a figure that jumped to 37% among members of Gen Z).
  • About 15% of respondents said they were largely keeping their roles to wait out the pandemic for a more favourable job market, although that figure climbed to 28% among millennials, and was as low as 9% among baby boomers.

For the full results, including additional insights on three downtrodden Canadian industries that have seen a jump in optimism over the last few months, visit here


LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index is based on a quantitative online survey that is distributed to members via email every two weeks. Roughly 1,000+ Canada-based members respond each wave. Members are randomly sampled and must be opted into research to participate. Students, stay-at-home partners & retirees are excluded from analysis so we’re able to get an accurate representation of those currently active in the workforce. We analyze data in aggregate and will always respect member privacy.

Data is weighted by engagement level, to ensure fair representation of various activity levels on the platform. The results represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn’s membership; variances between LinkedIn’s membership & overall market population are not accounted for.

Capgemini & OVHcloud Announce Global Alliance Partnership

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Capgemini and OVHcloud today announced a global alliance partnership agreement intended to address the cloud transformation needs of public and private organizations. The alliance partnership combines the power and innovation of OVHcloud’s next-generation cloud solutions with Capgemini’s deep experience in data protection, security, AI and data analytics, applications, cloud managed services and cloud native development. The combined expertise will help organizations create secure cloud infrastructure with internationally recognized levels of security.

Unifying Capgemini and OVHcloud’s commitments to secure cloud transformation, the two companies have formed an alliance partnership. Together, they intend to build complete sovereign cloud solutions in the context of the European Alliance on Industrial Data and Cloud and the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) on Cloud Infrastructure and Services due to be launched in 2021. 

The companies will cooperate to leverage their capabilities globally, offering organizations access to a unique set of services and skills for secure, end-to-end cloud infrastructure services in public, private and hybrid clouds. The solution is also intended to promote open source software and leverage GAIA-Xstandards on cloud federation, to allow interoperability, portability, trust, and transparency across infrastructure, applications and data. The global alliance partnership will notably allow to enable the development of European data spaces that bring together public and private players to generate value from data.

In line with their respective commitments to reduce their environmental footprint, OVHcloud and Capgemini will work together to enable a sustainable use of cloud services. This will include ensuring their common solutions strive towards carbon neutrality by optimizing usage of resources according to client needs, promoting a more energy efficient supply chain, managing infrastructure and hardware lifecycles and favoring a more local mix of energy sources.

The alliance partnership builds on Capgemini and OVHcloud’s long-standing collaboration with several global software vendors to propose end to end integrated sovereign solutions, leveraging the OVHcloud Open Trusted Cloud, SecNumCloud and health data hosting labels.

OVHcloud and Capgemini will work together to combine capabilities and investments to develop their collaboration globally. Capgemini will also bring its deep experience in the global cloud market, and its internally developed IP, to support joint clients in accelerating their cloud journey.

Five Technology Trends That Will Reinvent The Future: Accenture

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According to the Accenture Technology Vision 2021,technology was a lifeline during the global pandemic – enabling new ways of working and doing business, creating new interactions and experiences, and improving health and safety. Technology forever changed expectations and behaviours and created entirely new realities across every industry. As companies shift from reacting to the crisis, to reinventing what comes next, the boldest, most visionary leaders  those who use technology to master change – will define the future, says the 21st annual report from Accenture predicting the key technology trends that will shape businesses and industries over the next three years.

The report, “Leaders Wanted: Masters of Change at a Moment of Truth,” outlines how leading enterprises are compressing a decade of digital transformation into one or two years. Relying on a strong digital core to adapt and innovate at lightning speed, leaders are growing revenues 5x faster than laggards today, versus only 2x faster between 2015 to 2018, according to Accenture research. The result is a wave of companies racing to reinvent themselves and use technology innovations to shape the new realities they face. 

Accenture surveyed more than 6,200 business and technology leaders from 31 countries for the Technology Vision report, and 92% of those leaders report that their organization is innovating with an urgency and call to action this year. And 94% of Canadian executives agree capturing tomorrow’s market will require their organization to define it, compared to 91% globally.

Shaping the future will require companies to become masters of change by adhering to three key imperatives. First, leadership demands technology leadership. The era of the fast follower is over—perpetual change is permanent. Tomorrow’s leaders will be those that put technology at the forefront of their business strategy. Second, leaders won’t wait for a new normal; they’ll reinvent, building new realities using radically different mindsets and models. Finally, leaders will embrace a broader responsibility as global citizens, deliberately designing and applying technology to create positive impacts far beyond the enterprise to create a more sustainable and inclusive world.

The Technology Vision identifies five key trends that companies will need to address over the next three years to accelerate and master change in all parts of their business:

  • Stack Strategically: Architecting a Better Future  A new era of industry competition is dawning – one where companies compete on their IT systems architecture. But building and wielding the most competitive technology stack means thinking about technology differently, making business and technology strategies indistinguishable. Ninety-one percent of Canadian executives believe that theirorganization’s ability to generate business value will increasingly be based on the limitations and opportunities of their technology architecture, compared to 89% globally.
  • Mirrored World: The Power of Massive, Intelligent, Digital Twins  Leaders are building intelligent digital twins to create living models of factories, supply chains, product lifecycles, and more. Bringing together data and intelligence to represent the physical world in a digital space will unlock new opportunities to operate, collaborate, and innovate. Sixty-six percent of Canadian executives surveyed expect their organization’s investment in intelligent digital twins to increase over the next three years, compared to 65% globally.
  • I, Technologist: The Democratization of Technology – Powerful capabilities are now available to people across business functions, adding a grassroots layer to enterprises’ innovation strategies. Now, every employee can be an innovator, optimizing their work, fixing pain points, and keeping the business in lockstep with new and changing needs. Ninety-two percent of Canadian executives believe technology democratization is becoming critical in their ability to ignite innovation across their organization, compared to 88% globally.
  • Anywhere, Everywhere: Bring Your Own Environment – The single biggest workforce shift in living memory has positioned businesses to expand the boundaries of the enterprise. When people can “bring your own environment,” they have the freedom to seamlessly work from anywhere – whether that’s at home, the office, the airport, partners’ offices, or somewhere else. In this model, leaders can rethink the purpose of working at each location and lean into the opportunity to reimagine their business in this new world. Seventy-four percent of Canadian executives agree that leading organizations in their industry will start shifting from a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ to ‘Bring Your Own Environment’ workforce approach, compared to 81% globally.
  • From Me to We: A Multiparty System’s Path Through Chaos – The demand for contact tracing, frictionless payments, and new ways of building trust brought into sharp focus what had been left undone with enterprises’ existing ecosystems. Multiparty systems can help businesses gain greater resilience and adaptability; unlock new ways to approach the market; and set new, ecosystem-forward standards for their industries. Eighty-nine percent of Canadian executives surveyed state that multiparty systems will enable their ecosystems to forge a more resilient and adaptable foundation to create new value with their organization’s partners, compared to 90% globally.

Prioritizing technology innovation in response to a rapidly changing world has never been more important. Consider the restaurant industry: 60% of restaurants listed as ‘temporarily closed’ on Yelp in July were permanently out of business by September. Through the chaos, Starbucks emerged as a leader, using technology to expand customer and retail channels. By August, three million new users downloaded its app, and mobile ordering and drive-thru pick up accounted for 90 percent of sales. As demand surged, it deployed an integrated ticket management system to combine orders from its app, Uber Eats and drive-thru customers into a single workflow for baristas. Starbucks also introduced a new espresso machine with sensors to track how much coffee was being poured and predict necessary maintenance. This is a powerful illustration of technology as the core enabler of a company’s agile, resilient and successful response to change.

For 21 years, Accenture has taken a systematic look across the enterprise landscape to identify emerging technology trends that hold the greatest potential to disrupt businesses and industries. For more information on this year’s report, visit or follow the conversation on Twitter with #TechVision2021.

Guest Post: 59% Of Canadian Organizations Deployed VPNs To Combat Cyberattacks In 2020 Says Atlas VPN

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Last year was challenging for organizations on many levels. Due to the global pandemic, many businesses were forced to close, while some shifted to remote work, which opened new opportunities for cybercriminals. This situation pressed organizations to look for new ways to improve their cybersecurity practices. 

According to the data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, in 2020, Virtual Private Network (VPN) was the most popular cybersecurity tool to combat increased cyber threats among Canadian organizations. In total, 59% of Canadian companies deployed VPNs last year.

The second most commonly deployed cybersecurity layer last year in Canadian organizations was DNS Firewall. Overall, half of the companies introduced DNS Firewall as one of the security measures. Password manager occupied the third spot in the list  and was utilized by 46% of organizations.

Compared to 2019, fewer organizations took up these cybersecurity measures in 2020. However, last year Canadian organizations upgraded their cybersecurity practices by adding a more comprehensive range of security layers, such as VPN and single sign-on authentication. 

8 in 10 organizations suffered a cyberattack last year

Last year, the majority of Canadian organizations had to face cyberattacks. Overall, 80% of organizations handled at least one online assault in 2020. In comparison, 71% of Canadian companies experienced at least one cyberattack in 2019.

In 2020, cybercriminals frequently took advantage of the global pandemic to launch attacks. Over one quarter (28%) of Canadian organizations last year were targeted byCOVID-19 themed assaults.

Some Canadian organizations were targeted by cybercriminals more often than others. Over a fifth (21%) of organizations endured more than 10 attacks in 2020. The public sector received a bigger share of the attacks.

Despite the increase in cyberattacks, only around one-third of IT security professionals in Canadian organizations said they anticipated growth in human resources dedicated to cybersecurity.

Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the lack of cybersecurity resources in organizations:

“It is clear that organizations must act quickly to address the lack of cybersecurity talent. After all, the year 2020 has taught us that we can not foretell what challenges lie ahead. Therefore, companies must always be ready to handle the ever-evolving cyberthreats.” 

To read the full article, head over to:

User Credentials From The Canada Revenue Agency Are Floating Around The Dark Web…. Yikes!!

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Clearly the Canada Revenue Agency has a serious IT security problem as two days ago an unknown number of accounts were locked as a precaution. Though the CRA wouldn’t provide details. Now we have those details. Apparently around 100000 accounts were locked because leaked login info was found on the dark web. Which of course is not good:

If you received an unexpected and cryptic email on Feb. 16 from CRA warning you that your email had been deleted from the agency’s web platform, MyCRA, do not worry: your account has not been breached.

In fact, the agency says it means that their new early cyber security issue detection system is working (though the communication strategy will be reviewed and it “regrets the inconvenience.”)

But that also means your login data has probably been compromised through a third-party breach and you will need to contact CRA in order to regain access to your online account, particularly if you plan on filing your 2020 taxes online starting next week.

“To be clear, these accounts were not impacted by a cyber attack at the CRA. These accounts have not been compromised and the action taken to lock the accounts was a preventative measure,” agency spokesperson Christopher Doody said in an emailed statement.

Steps on how to regain access to their online account will be sent to affected taxpayers by mail, he added.

I’m sorry, but this is a #fail on so many levels. First, simply sending an email out saying that your Canada Revenue Agency account has been locked is going to freak people out. That’s because the history of the Canada Revenue Agency when it comes to IT security quite frankly sucks as they have been repeatedly pwned by hackers. Thus if you get one of these emails, you are going to assume that hackers have pwned them again. It also doesn’t inspire confidence. I get that the Canada Revenue Agency was trying to act in the best interest of Canadians, but they way that they did it really isn’t fit for purpose. Hopefully they not only provide details about how these 100000 or so accounts were compromised, but they also rethink their communication strategy.