IT Compliance and Auditing in Canada

The following post is intended to explain some of the IT audit standards, control process and associated laws and regulations currently used in Canada. Even though, the 2012 research showed that only 16% of Canadian Businesses were not aware of privacy or security-related standards and we could say, that Canadian IT companies have moderate to high awareness of the compliance standards.

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Kali Linux (VirtualBox) instructions for testing any Wi-Fi device against WPA2 Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK Attack)

The following article demonstrates the process of testing any Wi-Fi capable device against a key reinstallation attack. I’ll demonstrate the processes of executing the test using Kali Linux installed in the VirtualBox on a Windows machine. Then I’ll illustrate the process of testing recently patched Windows 10 as well as testing unpatched Android 7.0 mobile phone against the key Reinstallation Attack. This article also explores a newly discovered vulnerability of WPA2 named KRACK Attack (key reinstallation attack) in little more detail, as it’s one of the biggest vulnerabilities found in WPA2 to this day (patched only by a handful operating systems and Wi-Fi product manufacturers). The main issue introduced by KRACK attack is that it allows attackers to intercept all wirelessly transferred information in an unencrypted format, and do so without the knowledge of the wireless WPA/WPA2 network password. Serious? You bet…
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How to fix Windows 7 RDP resolution limit of 3840×2048 on 4K (3840×2160) monitors? (also applicable for Win Server 2008 R2)

One of the issues of Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) is related to its inability to support 4K resolutions over RDP. Windows 7 RDP resolution is limited at 3840 x 2048, whereas 4K monitors run at 3840 x 2160, which leaves a small black strip at the top and bottom of the remote desktop window. The following article describes the way I was able to resolve this issue. [Read more…]

How to restore missing ‘Mobile Data’ and ‘Mobile Hotspot’ quick settings menu icons on Samsung Galaxy mobile devices

Recently, I have updated my Samsung Galaxy S7 to Android 7.0 Nougat and realized that I am missing both ‘Mobile Data’ and ‘Mobile Hotspot’ quick settings menu icons/toggles. For some reason, Samsung has decided to disable adding them into the menu. The following post shows you how to add them back using Android platform tools and ADB. [Read more…]

The future of cloud computing relative to becoming a monopoly

In early days of Cloud computing, media frequently probed and disputed the viability of cloud computing. And not so long ago, in 2009, even the most famous futurists were skeptical. Jamais Cascio, who listed as one of the 2009 Top 100 Global Thinkers said, “I have to admit it: I’m not a huge fan of the cloud computing concept.”(Fast Company, 2009). However, not even a decade later, the positive impact of cloud computing can no longer be disputed. With that, a new concern comes to view, the likelihood of Cloud computing becoming a monopolized technology. This article is a brief look at the current landscape of cloud computing relative to becoming a monopoly. [Read more…]

SaaS Emailing – Short review of SendGrid Email Service

In 2015, the worldwide SaaS market was valued at approximately US $80 billion. According to Forbes magazine, “by 2020, it will grow by estimated 69% to become over $130-billion-dollar industry” (Forbes.com, 2017). The incredibly fast rate at which SaaS adoption grows is primarily the result of a very positive attitude towards ‘software as a service’ model among businesses of all sizes. The following post introduces one of such SaaS technologies, called ‘SendGrid Email.’ [Read more…]

The State of CrowdSourcing in Canada

The CrowdSourcing model allows the internet masses to partake in any profit or non-profit idea, such as solving problems (crowdsolving), finding lost items (crowdsourcing), or become a source of funds to startup businesses (crowdfunding). The following short ‘work-in-progress’ article looks at the history and growth of crowdsourcing and assesses the value of crowdsourcing in Canada. [Read more…]