Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal security

A local official’s smartphone may be the master key that nefarious people seek. Who knows what can be unlocked and what calamity can follow?

Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist One of the great honours for any citizen is to be presented with a key to the city. In today’s digital context, that key might just be in the hand or pocket of your local mayor – and up for grabs for anyone…

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech corner

Industrial security in the cyber age must include more than an outdated line of concrete, fences, guns and guards

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech cornerBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist In the same way that shopping online is convenient, terrorism and sabotage are becoming easier. A terrorist, hacker-for-hire or deranged person can gain remote control of power grids, water works, hospitals, industrial operations, self-driving cars and traffic lights. The Internet of things (IoT)…

Staying ahead of threats to cyber security

A not-so-distant future could see blockchain automatically put in place a retaliatory tariff or assemble a dispute resolution panel

Staying ahead of threats to cyber securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Studying and working in the area of cyber security keeps us alert – and as things rapidly change, alertness is ever more important. It was good to hear of the scanning machine that makes a digital copy of all receipts for later viewing…

Protecting your privacy in the digital age

The threat can range from someone down the street running a small business to a curious former spouse

Protecting your privacy in the digital ageBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Columnist Personal information is personal. Period. Other than professional athletes and most presidential candidates, few people want the world to know what medical procedures they’ve had. People who’ve had abortions, psychiatric counselling, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sex reassignment surgery have done so thinking it would…

In praise of the parliamentary system

The American founders so distrusted the British monarchy and powerful government that they created a system that doesn’t actually work

In praise of the parliamentary systemThe presidency of Donald Trump is a great advertisement for the parliamentary system. The American founders were so distrustful of the British monarchy and powerful government that they created a system that doesn’t work. The president can veto legislation and Congress can override that. The courts can overturn laws from either branch. The states might…

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloud

In cyber space, far too much is in the public realm or easily obtained. And that puts your reputation, money and job prospects at risk

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloudBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Columnist When safe sex became a necessity after the AIDS crisis, a valuable analogy came into being. The caution was that you’re having sex with everyone your partner ever had sex with. This was sobering for lovers. It turns out it’s also a lesson for business…

How cyber safe is your municipality?

IT dangers are everywhere. But municipalities – and other levels of government – do too little to be prepared for inevitable failures

How cyber safe is your municipality?By Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist There’s a line item missing from your town’s budget. It’s missing from all government budgets. It should be called Digital Liability. Even city budget chiefs and national finance officials aren’t dealing with the dangers and vulnerabilities of cyber space. Here’s an example. Your…

Government’s often waste money in their rush to save it

We need to think of the real value of results. If it costs $10 to find out we wasted $1, what’s the point?

Government’s often waste money in their rush to save itMost people want value for money from their governments. We’re outraged at waste – whether on a $16 glass of orange juice or billions on a megaproject. Public administrators wrestle with new and better ways to measure results. But sometimes money is saved by not trying to save money. Expenditures are made within a political…

The modern, efficient criminal is digitally casing you

You're being tracked, watched, listened to – and you're just living a normal life. The threat of a personal data breach is real and constant

The modern, efficient criminal is digitally casing youBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist “I don’t have anything to hide,” say many social media users and online shoppers. But most of us do have something to hide – we just aren’t sure what it is. You pass by hospitals and supermarkets. You may also pass a university…

Big threats to personal privacy in the era of big data

The modern politician, even in a democracy, can now be almost certain to know how you voted by adding up what’s known about you

Big threats to personal privacy in the era of big dataBy Allan Bonner Columnist and Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group In the days before computers, politicians still had a way to determine how much help they’d give you. If you asked for a favour, many would look you up on the voter rolls to see if you’d voted. If so, there was at least a…
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