Tag Archives : IT management & control


Year of the bots  

When most of us hear the term ‘bot’, we think of the infamous botnets that bombard us with malware-laden spam or deliver automated denial of service attacks. Bots, it appears, were created to do harm, or at least to annoy people. Bots – the evil kind – are defined thusly on Norton Security’s website: Bots […]

Lynn Greiner, freelance IT journalist and regular contributor to InsightaaS

Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware

Vitamin Y: VMware’s “transition year”

Context: Pat Gelsinger was in town this month on what is emerging as a regular bi-annual tour to talk with major Canadian customers. While in Toronto, the CEO of VMware also took some time to speak with local media about the company’s positioning, products and opportunity at a time of significant transition for the company […]


The ugly truth about ransomware

Recent media coverage of hospitals attacked by ransomware in Ottawa and Norfolk County has alerted everyone to the inherent dangers – and complexity – of these nefarious attacks, which are increasing at an alarming rate. While cyberattacks receiving the most press in recent years have been focused on stealing information or outright theft, the motivation […]

Amir Belkhelladi, cybersecurity practice lead, Deloitte Eastern Canada

Lynn Greiner, freelance IT journalist and regular contributor to InsightaaS

Stop helping me!

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade to systems running Windows 7 and higher, individuals and companies alike smiled, albeit in a guarded manner. OS upgrades usually aren’t cheap, so it would save them a bundle. But then the gotchas kicked in. To begin with, Enterprise versions of the OSes weren’t […]


Mabel’s Labels explores Office 365

Background: Mabel’s Labels was established in 2003 as a home-based business by four Hamilton-based mothers. The waterproof label for children’s items company has grown to 40 employees and now sells to a global customer base. As the company grew, its technology needs became more complex. Over time it had accumulated a random combination of legacy […]

Kimberley McKay, IT director, Mabel's Labels