TechGov 2018 in pics and tweets

For over two days at the end of January this year, over 20 speakers from government and industry shared the platform at TechGov 2018 to talk about Digital Transformation, Open Government, Citizen Engagement, Innovation for Results, Service Delivery and Technology and Change Management. TechGov is an event produced by Canadian Government Executive with the mandate to contribute...

Parliament Hill: The balancing Act

Earlier this month I had the privilege of testifying as an expert witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security. The subject of the proceedings was Bill C-21, an Act to amend the Customs Act. My March 2016 column on IT in Canada, “ No, the sky is not falling ,” discussed the exchange of...

CGE Leadership Forum takes centre stage as the leading executive forum for public sector

Canadian Government Executive Media, (CGE) publisher of Canadian Government Executive magazine presents their 6th annual Executive Leadership Summit, coined TechGov Leadership Forum 2018 . This event will take place on January 29 and 30 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. The TechGov Leadership Forum focuses on executive leadership. It takes on the challenge of how to strategically and seamlessly...

How government agencies can beef-up cloud security

In the last few years, we’ve seen various federal governments warning up to the cloud. For instance, The United States and the United Kingdom have both instituted “cloud first” policies with regards to the adoption of cloud technologies. The Canadian federal government’s Information Technology Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 takes a more pragmatic approach by providing...

TechGov: Open Government, Policy Futures and Digital Transformation

Canadian Government Executive is excited to announce the agenda for TechGov 2017. TechGov is a new event that is designed to showcase the technological advancements being made in our rapidly changing world that our government can adopt to better serve Canadians. We are all thinking a great deal these days about Open Government, Big Data,...

Shameless opportunism

In the wake of the WannaCry outbreak, corporate executives, IT professionals, and journalists have been bombarded by cybersecurity product vendors. The message, “if only you had bought our product you would have been protected,” smacks of shameless opportunism. Outside the cybersecurity realm, sales and marketing professionals display significantly more tact. Following serious highway pileups, automobile...

What you need to know about Facebook Pages

Facebook Pages can be an essential tool for businesses and charities, making it possible to connect with almost 2 billion active Facebook users. But there is a downside: It is very easy to for a Page to be hijacked. Each Facebook Page is managed by one or more administrator. The user creating the page becomes...

WannaCry and government agencies

Cybersecurity professionals have sounded the alarm for years, and they are again being proven right. When government agencies secretly find security vulnerabilities and develop exploits, they put everyone at risk. Over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware worm exploded across 74 countries, infecting businesses, hospitals, universities, and many others. The worm encrypts files and demands...

IMSI catchers in Ottawa

CBC deserves full credit for exposing the presence of IMSI catchers in Ottawa. While this is only the beginning of the story, Canadians are starting to ask the right questions. Who is spying, why, and what are Canadian authorities doing about it? Mobile devices (including phones, tablets, and 3G/LTE mobile hotspots) authenticate to the network,...

Key questions executives should ask to ensure assets are protected

Security professionals have an obligation to communicate risks and recommendations to management, but the ultimate responsibility for protecting corporate assets lies with executives. Here are five questions top executives should be asking right now: According to vulnerability scans, how many critical and important patches need to be applied, and how many remain outstanding for 30,...