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CDW Canada Launches Its First Security Self-Assessment Tool

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 10, 2022 by itnerd

CDW Canada recently launched their 2022 Security Study, Advancing the Maturity of Canadian Organizations, which found that robust and advanced cybersecurity practices are key to better business outcomes. 

As a result, CDW Canada created their very own CDW Security Self-Assessment Tool, which organizations can use for free to evaluate how their cybersecurity stacks up against their peers.

Upon completing the security assessment, you will receive a personalized report outlining: 

  • How secure your business is compared to your peers. 
  • Security approaches and best-practices to adopt. 
  • Recommendations to help improve your businesses security posture. 

This is an easy way to figure out where you stand when it comes to your security posture. Thus I would recommend trying it out so that you can take action on any areas that need improvement.

Many Canadian Organizations Face Significant Operational And Financial Barriers When It Comes To Adopting IoT: CDW Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 19, 2022 by itnerd

CDW Canada just released its latest Trends Report, The Workplace Evolution which examines how Canadian IT professionals are witnessing the digital transformation evolution in the workplace and the different ways they are implementing IoT and emerging technologies within their organization.  

Key findings include: 

  • Nearly all (96 percent) of Canadian organizations value IoT and emerging technologies, however, over one third (37 percent) are not adopting these technologies.  
  • Key barriers to IoT adoption include it not being a company priority (57 percent), lack of budget (34 percent) and lack of employee expertise/talent (30 percent). 
  • Most respondents believe that adopting IoT and emerging and transformative technologies can help improve operational efficiency (76 percent), increase data and information availability (70 percent) and improve the customer experience (68 percent).  
  • Organizations face challenges when it comes to the adoption of IoT. The top three risks and challenges organizations have experienced include increased security threats, such as cyberattacks and ransomware (64 percent), technology failure (61 percent) and maintenance requirements (54 percent). 

For more information, you can read the full report here and blog post here

Ninety Percent Of Canadian Organizations indicate That They Have Experienced A Cyberattack In The Past Year: CDW Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 21, 2022 by itnerd

CDW Canada today launched its annual Security Study, Advancing the Maturity of Canadian Organizations, which explores the state of IT security in Canada and evaluates the top cybersecurity challenges facing Canadian organizations today. The report uncovered that as the cybersecurity threat landscape evolves, Canadian organizations have become over-exposed to cyberattacks.   

CDW’s Security Study revealed regardless of size, industry or location, 90 percent of Canadian organizations surveyed have experienced a cyberattack in the past year. As cyberattacks increase in frequency, sophistication and severity, more organizations are taking a Zero-Trust approach to security.  

Additional highlights from the report include:   

  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Canadian companies surveyed reported having experienced data infiltration attacks with ransom demands in the past year, and 76% reported repeat ransom demands. 
  • 30% of organizations have adopted Zero Trust, while another 40% have it under process.    

There are many more findings outlined in the report, which can be accessed here. It’s very much worth a read.

CDW Canada Reveals Canadian Organizations Suffer Detrimental Business Losses Due To A Lack Of Penetration Testing

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 12, 2022 by itnerd

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, new research from CDW Canada, a leading provider of technology solutions and services for Canadian organizations, reveals that regular penetration testing can help organizations defend against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The report, Rooting Out Risks conducted in partnership with Angus Reid, was released today to coincide with CDW’s inaugural Penetration Testing Awareness Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of regular penetration testing, which involves a simulated attack against an organization’s network, data and personnel.

The research found that while nearly all (95 percent) Canadian organizations said they take security and protection against threats seriously, only 60 percent of organizations are conducting penetration testing. Even more concerning, nearly one-fifth (18 percent) of Canadian organizations said they are not conducting penetration testing at all, and less than half (40 percent) are making investments in penetration testing. When asked about barriers related to penetration testing, more than half (57 percent) of organizations indicated that penetration testing is not a company priority. Respondents also cited lack of employee expertise/talent (34 percent) and a lack of budget (33 percent) as key barriers to penetration testing, indicating that while organizations need a thorough understanding of threats to stay safe, many lack the time, talent or resources for regular assessments.

In addition, the research found that over one-quarter (26 percent) of Canadian organizations experienced a security breach in the past two years which resulted in detrimental business losses, including loss of productivity (58 percent), loss of data (37 percent) and financial loss (25 percent). With the increased threat of security breaches, the importance of engaging a trusted third-party IT partner to perform penetration testing remains paramount so that security gaps can be detected and bridged before they are exploited.

With decades of industry-leading experience, CDW specializes in reducing security risks by helping organizations prepare for – and defend against – their biggest security threats. As a trusted security partner, CDW develops customized solutions for organization’s unique risks and conducts penetration tests to identify and catalogue vulnerabilities in existing defence systems.

Over One-Third Of Canadian Organizations Experienced A Data Center Failure During The Pandemic: CDW Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 13, 2021 by itnerd

As many Canadian businesses continue to conduct remote or hybrid work operations, choosing the right type of data centre and backup recovery solution has never been more important to ensure employees remain agile, flexible and productive at work. 

Released this week, CDW Canada’s latest Market Trends Report, themed Maximize Your Data Centre, examines how Canadian organizations have been managing their data centres and reveals the top data centre trends and workplace transformations that have taken place over the last two years. 

Key findings include: 

  • Over half (61%) of respondents reported their organization invested in data centre infrastructure over the last two years.  
  • Over one-third (35%) of people surveyed reported that data centre failures contributed to major outages for business-critical applications in the past two years. 
  • Data centre failure and public cloud services outages have been attributed to major business shortcomings that impacted bottom lines such as loss of productivity (82%), added costs (37%), security breaches (22%), loss of data (21%) and loss of reputation (21%). 
  • Seven out of ten (77%) Canadian organizations were equipped with a backup data centre or disaster recovery solution. 

For more information, please click see the full Market Trends Report here.

74% Of Employees Feel Digital Workplace Tools Have Empowered Them During The Pandemic: CDW Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 23, 2021 by itnerd

As many Canadian businesses continue to conduct remote or hybrid operations, implementing the right collaboration tools and technologies has never been more important to ensuring employees stay engaged, productive and empowered in the workplace. 

Released this week, CDW Canada’s latest Market Trends Report, Empower Your Workforce, examines how organizations are adapting to the changing landscape, maximizing employee empowerment and engagement, and revealing some of the key challenges employees have faced (and continue to face) throughout the pandemic. 

Key findings include: 

  • Prior to the pandemic, 58% of people surveyed felt that the digital workplace tools their organizations provided them with made them feel empowered, increasing to 74% during the pandemic. 
  • Nearly half (44%) of Canadians said that relationships with colleagues have suffered as a result of the pandemic. 
  • Prior to the pandemic, 58% of people surveyed felt that the digital workplace tools their organizations provided them with made them feel empowered at work, increasing to 74% during the pandemic.   
  • Eight out of ten (82%) people surveyed felt that video conferencing tools such as Zoom, WebEx and teams supported their relationships with colleagues, 89% felt these tools supported their productivity, and 92% felt these tools were important to their engagement at work.  

For more information, the full report can be viewed and downloaded here

Infographic: Small Businesses Are Moving To The Cloud

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 29, 2019 by itnerd

Cloud technologies dominate the IT priorities of Canadian small businesses, according to a new survey from CDW Canada, a leading provider of technology solutions and services for Canadian organizations.

The majority of small businesses surveyed (62 per cent) identified cloud as the most impactful emerging technology to their business, compared to others such as Internet of Things (18 per cent) and artificial intelligence (12 per cent). Canadian small businesses also indicated they were already investing in the cloud, with 74 per cent currently hosting servers or applications in the cloud.

Nearly half of Canadian small businesses surveyed (49 per cent) were hosting between zero and 24 per cent of their infrastructure in the cloud, while only six per cent indicated they were completely hosted in the cloud.

Finding the right solution still a challenge

Canadian small businesses cited finding solutions that fit the needs of their business (36 per cent) and the cost of solutions and equipment (33 per cent) as their biggest IT challenges. Cost was also one of the primary factors in how they evaluate technology purchases (67 per cent), but equally important was value (67 per cent) and the overall solution itself (52 per cent).

Small businesses are largely still on premises

As organizations continue their adoption of cloud, the trend toward remote work is slowly taking shape – but a majority of Canadian small businesses still only allow a small number of employees to do so. Sixty-eight per cent of respondents say that 0 to 24 per cent of their workers work remotely, while only 10 per cent of small businesses indicated 75 per cent or more of their employees were currently working remotely.

Other key findings from CDW’s Small Business Survey include:

  • Despite having a wide variety of devices for employees to work with, 76 per cent of workers are currently only using between one and two devices.
  • Small businesses may not be seeing the impact of certain emerging technologies as they ranked big data (four per cent), blockchain (three per cent), and 3D printing (two per cent) well below others such as cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and AI as technologies they expect will have the most impact on their business.
  • Less than 10 per cent of respondents cited a decline in their IT budgets, demonstrating the continued importance of technology in driving business growth.
CDW Canada conducted its survey of small businesses in Canada between August and September 2019.
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CDW Canada Donates $50,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2019 by itnerd

CDW Canada is delighted to announce it has donated $50,000 to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) through the Children’s Miracle Network this year.

This donation continues an 11-year partnership during which CDW Canada has raised more than $299,000 through the Children’s Miracle Network.

CDW Canada is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. CDW Canada helps customers achieve their goals by delivering integrated technology solutions and services that help customers navigate an increasingly complex IT market and maximize the return on their technology investment. Areas of focus include software, networking, unified communications, data centre and mobility solutions. CDW Canada is on the Channel Daily News Top 100 Solutions Provider list in Canada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based CDW Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. For more information, visit

Security Is The Biggest IT Priority For Canadian Businesses: CDW

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 25, 2019 by itnerd

CDW Canada today released the results of its annual Business Technology Expo customer survey, which reveals what Canadian businesses are most concerned about and where their greatest IT challenges lie.

Security continues to be a big focus for Canadian organizations. Key findings include:

  • At 23 per cent, security was the top ranked IT priority for the year
  • 47 per cent said their security budget for the year has increased
  • 67 per cent send they have a plan in place to respond to a security breach
  • 38 said limited budgets are the main IT challenge

Here’s an infographic that outlines the key findings from this survey.


Source: CDW Canada

CDW Canada conducted a survey of its Canadian customers at its Business Technology Expo (BTEX) Toronto event in May 2019.

CDW & Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Team Up

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 20, 2019 by itnerd

CDW Canada, a leading provider of technology solutions for Canadian organizations in the public and private sectors, has entered into a multi-year partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) to become an official partner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors, as well as an official partner of Scotiabank Arena.

This valuable partnership deepens a relationship between CDW Canada and MLSE that began in 2010. It will leverage CDW Canada’s established partner affiliations and expertise to enhance the fan experience at Scotiabank Arena through technology solutions such as networking and Wi-Fi connectivity, digital signage and more.

The partnership between the organizations includes in-market advertising and promotions, showcasing CDW Canada to local fans in Toronto and to national TV audiences, with arena and broadcast signage visible at Maple Leafs and Raptors home games.