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The CSIS Warns of Cyber Attacks on Canadian Businesses

Here’s the latest news from the IP universe:

  • The CBC reported that Canadian businesses may be the targets of attacks by Chinese cyberspies. According to the CBC’s website, “Sources have told CBC News that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is alerting some of the country’s top corporate executives that their companies may be the target of Chinese computer hackers.” This news comes after the CSIS issued a report to Parliament warning that “cyber operations targeting Canada will likely persist in the foreseeable future…” and that Canadian corporate and government computers are currently being attacked on a daily basis.

The CSIS report also states, “While the vast majority of foreign investment in Canada is carried out in an open and transparent manner, certain state-owned enterprises and private firms with close ties to their home governments have pursued opaque agendas or received clandestine intelligence support for their pursuits here.” For more information on what is driving these attacks, please visit the CBC’s website and watch the related news clip.

  • The world’s data centres use as much electricity as the output of 30 nuclear power plants. A study by The New York Times, as reported by PCWorld, revealed that “most data centers, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner.” This is in part because they tend to run at full capacity 24/7 and “can waste 90 percent or more of the electricity they pull off the grid.” For more information on the environmental impact of the world’s data centres, please see the PCWorld article.
  • Data caps hinder the development of big data and other IT innovations. An article on explored the connection between data caps and the inability to take full advantage of the latest IT innovations – such as big data and high-speed networks. The article states, “The fastest car in the world won’t get you very far if you only have 20 feet of road, and a blazing-fast 4G LTE network is not worth much if you are limited to 2 GB of data per month. By and large, next-generation Internet technologies need high-speed networks because they need to move a lot of data quickly. Big Data is called Big Data for a reason – there is lots of it.” The article cites numerous examples of how data caps are limiting to consumers, the tech industry and society at large. Please see the TechCrunch article for the case against data caps.
  • Many CIOs are still resisting the cloud. An article on The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal blog stated that an informal poll at the Innovative CIO conference revealed that “about 50% of the audience preferred buying software and hardware – as opposed to leasing it from an outside provider – because their companies prefer capital expenditures to the operational expenditures associated with cloud.” However, although CIOs are concerned about how cloud services will impact their cash flow in the short term, they may miss out on the long-term benefits of cloud. According to the article, “Cloud applications deliver 1.7 times more return on investment than on-premise ones, according to a September report by Nucleus Research. The report concluded that not only do companies save on the initial cost of purchasing software and associated hardware, but they spend 40% less on consulting and 25% less on personnel in a three-year-period than companies deploying and running their own applications.”
  • Leverage automation and cloud to eliminate storage headaches. An article on explores how automation and cloud can help you get the highest performance and capacity from your storage. According to the article, storage automation can help you “understand data activity at a granular, sub-file level for maximum resource allocation.” Meanwhile, cloud can “help with provisioning tasks so that they can be made more self-serviceable, which allows business application owners to handle their own provisioning requests based on policies and workflow. Cloud storage also can help with storage virtualization efforts if the cloud storage software can leverage multiple types of storage for the on-premise cache.”
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