Author: Paul Barker

ATB Ventures introduces suite of digital identity products

ATB Ventures, the research arm of Alberta-based financial institution ATB Financial, has launched its suite of digital identity products: Oliu platform, Oliu Studio and a digital-credential wallet called Proof. The launch comes weeks after the federal government announced its National Digital Identity Program. According to the company, in a “climate of misconception of digital identity,

Fiona aftermath: N.S. premier irate over telecoms’ response to storm

Nova Scotia premier Tim Houston today called on Canada’s telecommunications firms to be far more “collaborative” with the province’s Emergency Management Office (EMO) and for the federal government to hold them accountable to Atlantic Canadians impacted by hurricane Fiona. In a letter sent to federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, he asked

MSE’s zeroing in on three key top technology priorities: Gartner

Security and risk management, application and integration strategies, and infrastructure and operations are the top three technology priorities for midsize enterprises (MSEs) in 2022, according to a Gartner, Inc. survey released today. Mike Cisek, an analyst with the research firm, said, “MSEs are shifting investments and even increasing budgets to fund their top technology priorities.

New VMware networking, security offerings targeted at multi-cloud world

VMware Inc. yesterday announced a number of additions to its networking and security portfolio, all of which, the company said, are designed to allow organizations to embrace the cloud operating model. Announced at VMware Explore 2022 in San Francisco were the following: Project Northstar for multi-cloud networking, security and end-to-end visibility Expansion of network detection

CTM Insights set to license deepfake image detection advances to Allure Security

Allure Security, a cybersecurity company that uses a patented artificial intelligence (AI) engine designed to provide online brand protection, has announced a technology licensing agreement with CTM Insights, which specializes in advanced image-fingerprinting technology. According to a release, augmenting the former’s machine learning algorithms which are focused on rooting out online brand impersonation attacks with

Cybersecurity expert on Waterloo doxxing case: More legal action likely

A recent doxxing case that resulted in Waterloo-based TextNow Inc. being ordered to name two of its subscribers accused of terrorizing employees of game company Bungie Inc. could result in further civil or criminal action being launched against the pair, says cybersecurity lawyer Imran Ahmad. Cybersecurity vendor Fortinet defines doxxing as a “form of cyberbullying

New report takes deep dive into Canada’s growing PropTech sector

A recent report recommending massive change for the homebuilding industry reveals that upwards of C$1.5 billion has been invested in Canadian property technology (PropTech) start-up companies involved in sustainable construction, smart cities, asset management, and research/analytics. While the numbers may be impressive, more important will be the need for technology advances to continue in order

Canada’s retailers now have ‘one-stop’ platform to access up-to-date data

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) today launched the Retail Pulse Dashboard, an initiative developed by KPMG Canada designed to allow Canadian retailers to access an assortment of information across multiple retail sectors, regions, and timeframes, in both official languages. The platform, according to a release, collects and consolidates data from various sources, including Statistics

Sophos releases details of its new cybersecurity defense unit

U.K. cybersecurity vendor Sophos today unveiled a new cross-operational unit it said is designed to help organizations better defend against constantly changing and increasingly complex cyberattacks. Known as Sophos X-Ops, the initiative involves three groups – SophosLabs, Sophos SecOps, and Sophos AI – that combined will result, the company said, in more innovative protection, detection

Two Canadian smart building software firms to merge offerings, R&D

Toronto-based PremiseHQ SaaS, a developer of smart building data management and analytics software, today announced the purchase of intellectual property developed by PropTech start-up ioAirFLow. While no dollar figure was revealed, according to a release, the acquisition of the Winnipeg company will expand PremiseHQ’s suite of commercial building offerings, including Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG),

Study reveals dark data impeding successful DataOps strategies

Quest Software, a systems management, data protection, and security software provider, in collaboration with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), has released the 2022 State of Data Governance and Empowerment Report, an annual report highlighting the top challenges and innovations in data governance, data management and DataOps. The report found that data quality has overtaken data

Deloitte launches new security service based on Zero Trust

Deloitte yesterday launched Zero Trust Access, a new managed service the consultancy says provides a cloud-native approach to “securing communications between users, on any device, and enterprise applications, wherever they may reside.” The Zero Trust concept, the company said in a release, “commits to removing implicit trust within an information technology (IT) ecosystem and replacing

Champagne orders telcos to produce clear resiliency plan in 60 days

The national outage of telecom services that millions of Canadians experienced in the last few days is “unacceptable — full stop,” federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne said today following a one-hour meeting with the leaders of six Canadian telecom companies. Speaking to the media after discussions with the chief executive officers

Adaptavist selects Toronto as its new North American HQ

Adaptavist, a company that specializes in helping companies overcome digital transformation challenges, has announced the opening of its new North American headquarters in Toronto. According to a its press release, Toronto was selected over a U.S. destination, because of the “area’s diverse talent pool, economic growth and stability, and increasing dominance in tech innovation. “Toronto