A better approach to Pa$$woRDS

A better approach to Pa$$woRDS

When it comes to creating strong passwords it is size and not complexity that may offer the best security, says the person who invented the password rules we've been using for the last few decades. 

His new password advice? For individuals, create, longer easier-to-remember passwords that can be phrases or sentences. For organizations, stop doing password resets every month, quarter, bi-annually and maybe even annually. 

Hacking 9-1-1

Hacking 9-1-1

You might think giving your child your old smartphone, particularly if you’ve removed its SIM card, is a harmless activity. 

But according to police and emergency responders in a growing number of cities across Canada, it’s a terrible idea. That’s because even without a SIM card, old cellphones and smartphones can still dial 9-1-1, tying up lines for real emergencies. 

Staying cyber safe on summer vacation

Staying cyber safe on summer vacation

Staying safe during summer vacation travel used to mean making sure you had enough sun tan lotion, bug spray, spare clothes, travellers cheques and roadside assistance. 

But thanks to the growth of cybercrime all over the world, staying safe now means being careful what wi-fi you use, how much information you’re sharing on social media and keeping your devices updated. 

Why hacking cars underscores the need for greater cybersecurity awareness

Why hacking cars underscores the need for greater cybersecurity awareness

Imagine driving your pickup truck off-road and suddenly having your airbags and seat belts malfunction because of an object striking the undercarriage, which in turn causes a software error in your smart vehicle, causing the computer to incorrectly turn off critical equipment that protects you. 

Sounds far fetched?

It shouldn't. It's part of a recall notice that affected more than 200,000 Dodge Ram trucks in Canada and a million in the United States. Fiat Chrsyler issued the recall in May and is aware of one death and two injuries as well as two accidents that may be related to the issue. 

Exploring Canada's global cybersecurity rank

Exploring Canada's global cybersecurity rank

According to a new United Nations report, Canada ranks 9th in the world when it comes to its approach to cybersecurity. 

But before we light the fireworks and celebrate our global supremacy, it's important to put that result in context, says Beauceron CEO David Shipley. 

"Even the dimmest light can shine in absolute darkness," says Shipley, noting that just having a cybersecurity strategy puts Canada ahead over half the countries measured in the UN report.

Beauceron CEO talks about staying safe in a new era of cyberwar

Beauceron CEO talks about staying safe in a new era of cyberwar

Evidence is mounting that the NotPetya global malware attack that started in the Ukraine was more akin to a cyber weapon than a criminal effort. 

This evolving and escalating use of cyber weapons in conflict will have profound implications for individuals, organizations and governments and their is a pressing need to become more diligent when it comes to cybersecurity, says Beauceron CEO David Shipley. 

Governments and politicians increasingly under cyber siege - Beauceron CEO

Governments and politicians increasingly under cyber siege - Beauceron CEO

Politicians and governments across the world are facing increasing online threats from nation-states and others seeking to determine the outcome of elections or to influence policies. 

Beauceron CEO David Shipley spoke with Toronto's 640AM about the recent hack on the British parliamentary e-mail system and other recent cybersecurity stories such as WannaCry that also involve government entities. 

Beauceron lands more than $500,000 in equity investment

Beauceron lands more than $500,000 in equity investment

Beauceron Security Inc. a startup founded at the University of New Brunswick, has secured more than $500,000 in equity funding from private and public investors.

“We are thrilled to launch New Brunswick’s newest fully funded cybersecurity firm and extraordinarily grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received from the university, our investors and our early adopter clients,” says David Shipley, CEO of Beauceron Security.