Archive for July 19, 2021

Virgin Mobile Evolves To New Brand: Virgin Plus

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Today, Virgin Mobile Canada has officially rebranded as Virgin Plus, a new name and identity that reflects the changing lifestyle of Canadians and the company’s evolving service offerings beyond mobility.

Consumers want value from their service provider, and the introduction of Virgin Plus in Ontario and Quebec ensures consumers in these provinces are aware that they can get three value packed services (mobile + internet + TV) all from one provider. In the rest of Canada, the new brand demonstrates to Canadians that the company is more than a typical mobile provider, offering value-packed plans, Member Benefits, and awesome customer service.

To get the word out, the Long Live Virgin Plus campaign was developed for a variety of channels with agency partner Leo Burnett. ”The Rebranders”, identified by their matching red jumpsuits, criss-crossed the country, conducting bold logo takeovers in their travels, by making the rebrand impossible to miss. Here’s a few examples of that:

New awesome contest celebrates Virgin Plus

As part of the VIP money-can’t-buy experiences, Virgin Plus is partnering with Virgin Radio to launch a 4-week contest nationwide. From July 19 to August 15, Virgin Radio listeners and Virgin Plus Members have a chance to win exciting weekly prizes, with the grand prize of an all-inclusive five-night stay for two at Virgin Limited Edition’s Mahali Mzuri in Kenya, valued at $20,000. Virgin Plus Members will receive an exclusive bonus entry to double their chances to win by visiting benefits.virginplus.ca.

Additionally, through Virgin’s Plus with Purpose CSR platform and more specifically, its  RE*Generation program, Virgin Plus Members can support underserved young, diverse adults in building meaningful and sustainable tech careers. Wanna hook up? Head online or call 1-888-999-2321. Get personal with Virgin Plus on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

Guest Post: Finbold Highlights That The Number Of GDPR Fines Surged By 113% In A Year Despite Strict Regulations

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) being in its infancy stages, European regulators are increasingly focusing on implementing the law. As a result, the number of cases and fines has also surged.

Data acquired by Finbold indicates that the cumulative number of GDPR violations has steadily surged 113.5% over the last 12 months between July 2020 and July 2021. Last year, the number of fines was 332, rising to 709 in 2021.

Over the same period, EU regulators’ penalties for the violations spiked 124.92%. In July last year, the cumulative fines stood at €130.69 million, growing to €293.96 million.

Among the specific fines, big tech companies dominated, with Google accounting for the most significant share of fines at €60 million as of July 18th, 2021. French regulators imposed the fine. Google Ireland ranks second with €40 million in penalties while H&M Hennes & Mauritz Online Shop from Germany is third at €35.26 million.

Furthermore, French regulators also imposed more fines on Amazon Europe Core at €35 million to rank fourth. The fifth highest fine was TIM (telecommunications operator) from Italy at €27.8 million.

Improved ability by regulators to spot violations

The report highlights the implication of the GDPR fines. According to the research report:

“The rising fines over the last year highlight the improved ability by regulators to detect instances of personal data violation. Additionally, it also shows the power bestowed on consumers who are increasingly able to report situations of data violations. Furthermore, it also highlights the urge by regulators to protect consumers considering that the GDPR law is relatively new.”

With increasing fines, businesses and organizations are also focusing on best practices in handling customer data.

Read the full story with statistics here: https://finbold.com/number-of-gdpr-fines-2021/ 

Infosec Announces Two New Board Members

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Infosec today announced the appointment of Paul Shain, president and CEO of Singlewire, and Neil Etheridge, COO of LitLingo, to the company’s Board of Directors. Infosec’s Board of Directors will work closely with the Infosec leadership team to drive profitable growth, execute business strategy and most importantly, deliver the most value to customers.

Infosec’s board members include: 

  • Paul Shain, president and CEO of Singlewire, has led the company’s strategic direction since its founding in 2009. Under his direction, the Singlewire team grew from a handful of people to over 100 employees, serving more than 7,000 customers. Paul is a seasoned technology industry executive who previously was senior vice president and executive committee member at CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. Before CDW, Paul was CEO of Madison-based Berbee Information Networks Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation, acquired by CDW in October 2006. Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Fiduciary Management Inc., American Family Insurance Company, and the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.
  • Neil Etheridge, a 20-year technology industry veteran, focused on bringing cloud computing and AI solutions to address the legal, compliance and culture challenges businesses face around the world. As LitLingo’s COO, Neil leads the company’s go-to-market functions including sales, marketing and customer success. LitLingo builds and deploys machine-learned models involving industry-specific litigation risk, fraud/waste/abuse risk, employment risk, product liability risk, IP risk, customer service optimization and culture analysis and insight. Prior to LitLingo, Neil was CMO for DISCO, a leading legal technology provider, and helped them grow from a series A startup to its most recent valuation of $785M.
  • Jack Koziol, Infosec’s CEO and founder, will serve as Chairman of the Board. A pioneer in cybersecurity training and education, Jack founded Infosec in 2004 with the goal of making cybercrime less profitable through education — and frustrating cybercriminals ever since. Before building Infosec from the ground up, Jack worked in the private sector, developing vulnerability and exploitation experience and training members of the U.S. intelligence community, military and law enforcement. 

In 2020, Infosec’s software segment of business reported an 87% increase in annual recurring revenue and a 102% net revenue retention rate. Additionally, the company achieved a Net Promoter Score of 54 — considered excellent by global NPS standards. In 2021, the company received many awards for its online training platforms, Infosec Skills and Infosec IQ, and announced several strategic industry alliances with organizations like Microsoft and Coursera.

Learn more about Infosec here.

Canon Canada Announces Futures By Canon Creator Lab

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce its inaugural young creators incubator program, Futures by Canon Creator Lab. An instructional and mentorship program, Futures is designed to not only accelerate the visual storytelling and creative skills sets of Canadians aged 18 to 24, but also offer them insights into the business of being a creative. A diverse panel of experts – including sports photographer and videographer Atiba Jefferson, portraiture photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnyk, and filmmaker and photographer Justin Wu – will select 20 young content creators to participate in the yearlong program. The selected group will have exclusive intimate access to, and learn from, Canon Ambassadors, as well as the company’s network of professional photographers, vloggers, filmmakers and other industry insiders.

Futures participants will receive technical instruction, practical insights and exclusive coaching from the Canon Creator Lab network of professionals. By partnering with mentors who have experienced ups and downs along their professional careers, participants will hopefully avoid some missteps of their own. The program will ensure participants have a comprehensive understanding of their gear and teach practical skills such as working with lighting and producing a shoot. Participants will also learn business-related skills such as branding, budgeting and dealing with rejection and self-doubt. They will gain real-world experience by shooting against a brief from Eddie Bauer, featuring the brand’s gear and accessories. The 20 Futures members will represent various applications of photography, filmmaking and other forms of visual storytelling. By being inspired, motivated and supported by Canon and its Ambassadors, they will graduate the program with the tools, knowledge and connections to be the creative professionals they aspire to be.

Canon Canada will also support each creator with their own special kit of Canon gear, including the versatile EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and lenses. Canon Canada will send the 20 Futures members to join its three-day in-person Canon Creator Lab retreat, which will connect a range of artists, speakers and creative leaders at Lake Louise in Banff, Alta., in October 2021.

To be consider for the program, applicants must complete a four-part submission process, including:

  • A brief written description of themselves and their story;
  • A 30-second video-based elevator pitch;
  • An online Q&A around their brand and ambitions; and
  • A link to their portfolio and/or created content.

For more details on the application process, visit canonfutures.ca. Applications open July 19 and close Aug. 16, 2021, with the Futures program commencing in September 2021 and running through July 2022. Successful applicants will be announced Sept. 2, 2021.

The iPhone’s Image Of Top Shelf Security Takes A Serious Hit Because Of Claims Of Being Vulnerable To Spyware

Posted in Commentary with tags , on July 19, 2021 by itnerd

The iPhone has always been considered to be the gold standard when it comes to security. But that’s now being questioned because of a report from the Amnesty International and 17 media organization suggests that the iPhone won’t protect you from having spyware made by the shadowy Israeli company known as the NSO group from being installed. And what’s worse, this spyware may have infected tens of thousands of iPhones around the world. The spyware known as Pegasus can infect iPhones and Android devices and enable attackers to extract messages, emails, and media, and record calls and secretly activate microphones. But what’s scary is that on iPhones it can infect without user interaction. Making it incredibly dangerous. I encourage you to read the full report. It is very technical, but it is very detailed and you will walk away feeling very concerned about the security of your device.

In a statement given to media organizations in response to the Pegasus project, NSO said the original investigation which led to the reports was inaccurate:

NSO does not operate the systems that it sells to vetted government customers, and does not have access to the data of its customers’ targets. NSO does not operate its technology, does not collect, nor possesses, nor has any access to any kind of data of its customers. Due to contractual and national security considerations, NSO cannot confirm or deny the identity of our government customers, as well as identity of customers of which we have shut down systems.

In short, NSO is saying that “We just sell this spyware. What our customers do with it isn’t our problem.” Which is the answer that I expect from them. But Apple to this point has been silent. And that’s a bigger problem. Apple needs to answer this as they sell iPhone on the promise that you get security and privacy. It now seems that the former isn’t true.

Over to you Apple to explain what you’re going to do to regain the trust of your users. Because right now, this report really makes you look bad.

UPDATE: Apple has provided the following statement condemning the use of this spyware against journalists, lawyers, and human rights activists to The Guardian.

In a statement, the ‌iPhone‌ maker said: “Apple unequivocally condemns cyber-attacks against journalists, human rights activists, and others seeking to make the world a better place. For over a decade, Apple has led the industry in security innovation and, as a result, security researchers agree ‌iPhone‌ is the safest, most secure consumer mobile device on the market.”

Apple also said that security was a dynamic field and that its BlastDoor was not the end of its efforts to secure iMessage.

“Attacks like the ones described are highly sophisticated, cost millions of dollars to develop, often have a short shelf life, and are used to target specific individuals,” it said. “While that means they are not a threat to the overwhelming majority of our users, we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.”

Not exactly confidence inspiring in my opinion.