F12.net Leads the Way with Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
March 28, 2019 | 
Company News Cyber Security Press Releases

F12.net is one of the first organizations in Canada awarded the new Cyber Essentials Plus certification. In addition, F12’s programs help other businesses and charities achieve certification. Cyber Essentials Canada Certification Cyber Essentials Canada is the only government-backed, government-owned, cybersecurity certification that is available in Canada.  It is modelled after Cyber Essentials from the UK and is […]

F12.net Security Bulletin – The Marriott & More
November 30, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security Technology

Security Summary of November 2018 F12.net produces this bulletin to quickly inform business leaders and their teams about recent security threats and defensive steps they can take.  Lots of buzz today about the Marriott’s huge security breach.  However, this isn’t the only news you need. Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and contacts. […]

AICPA SOC 2 Type 2
September 26, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security Managed IT

You may be hearing the term “SOC 2” more and more as you bid on jobs, apply for insurance coverage, raise capital, or satisfy regulators.  So, what is it, and why should you care?   Simply put, a SOC 2 report demonstrates that a service provider has the systems and controls to protect your information and […]

New Notification Regulations a “Perfect Storm” for Canadian Businesses
September 12, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security

Canadian businesses are facing a perfect storm of new notification regulations, rampant data breaches, and inadequate cybersecurity defences. Mandatory regulations place new demands on businesses In an update to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), new regulations come into force on November 1st, 2018. These regulations mandate notifications of security breaches which have […]

F12.net Now Offering Dark Web Monitoring Services
July 4, 2018 | 
Company News Cyber Security Press Releases

F12.net, a Canadian provider of comprehensive IT Solutions that help businesses grow, announced its new Dark Web monitoring and identity theft protection service. Through a proprietary partnership, F12.net scours millions of sources, including botnets, criminal chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks, malicious websites, bulletin boards and illegal black-market sites. F12 now offers around the clock monitoring and alerting […]

PIPEDA vs HIPAA: Your Data in the Cloud
May 11, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security Data Center and Cloud

Personal client data stored in the cloud?  Who’s going to get sued when it’s compromised?  I admit it; I was wrong (except in BC and Nova Scotia that is). I started this article with a belief I formed years ago when I first became a technology consultant; that the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents […]

Facebook Data Privacy: What’s Yours is Theirs
May 4, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security Technology

Nothing you do on Facebook is private. Once again – nothing you do on Facebook is private. More than 12 years ago, my friend Andrew raved about this thing called Facebook and how I needed to be a part of it. After all, it was a great way to meet people and organize events. In […]

Data Security: Recognizing the illusion of your data’s safety
March 2, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security Technology

Data security has never been more critical to business than it is in today’s technology landscape.  Have you ever wondered; is your data safe?  Well, it’s likely not! According to the COO of the National Cybersecurity Institute, “Fifty percent of small to medium-sized business have been the victims of cyber attacks and over 60% of […]

IT Security: So you think you’re protected?
February 2, 2018 | 
Blog Cyber Security

A conversation with ‘MafiaBoy’   So you think your IT is secure and you’re fully protected? MafiaBoy says, “Not so much.” I had a great opportunity to meet Michael Calce (aka MafiaBoy) at a small reception a few weeks ago. If you haven’t heard the name before, maybe you are more familiar with his impact on […]

Why I am embarrassed that the IT industry has no oversight body.
August 10, 2017 | 
Blog Cyber Security Technology

Every day, the IT industry serves remarkable leaders in mature professions, many of which must abide by ethical codes of conduct outlined by their professional governing bodies. Lawyers must answer to their Bar Association, Physicians and Surgeons to their Colleges, Engineers and Surveyors to their Boards, Certified Professional Accountants to oversight councils, and so on. […]