Study Shows Canadians SMBs At Risk for Security Breaches
In an increasingly wired world, data security is becoming a necessity for businesses to operate successfully. However, according to a recent survey by Primus Business Services, which is a a PTGi company, over half of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses are not adequately protected from security breaches and not taking steps to become better protected.
Be forewarned: the numbers and insights shown are not pretty.
While most of the businesses polled agreed that the security and integrity of their business data was of vital importance, the amount of money that these businesses revealed that they spent on protecting their data security proved otherwise.
Two-thirds of the businesses polled revealed that they spend less than 10 percent of their budget on data security. The sad numbers continued with 74 per cent saying that their companies did not have secure off-site storage for critical business data and 72 per cent revealing that their data isn’t monitored or managed on a 24x7 basis.
Further questioning by the study revealed that most of the businesses had significant apprehensions about using advanced security systems such as the cloud, citing fears that the study attributed to ignorance or misconceptions about cloud computing.
The study also showed that two-thirds (63%) of the businesses polled have not worked with an IT security firm to audit their security practices, a measure that would clarify issues and provide solutions.
Only one in ten businesses are hosting their data in the cloud, showing that cloud computing advocates have a long way to go in convincing business people of its safety and effectiveness.
A. J. Byers, Executive Vice President of Primus Business Services, said in a press release that IT decision makers continue to question cloud computing due to concerns of lack of control and misperceptions related to data security. According to Byers, cloud computing actually offers greater protection than what most companies are deploying in their offices today.
“Our public and private cloud computing platforms have been designed with enterprise grade security, failover, and disaster recovery technologies that are far more advanced than the standard firewall and server protection that most small and mid-market companies are investing in to protect both their own, and customer data.”
Check back tomorrow to read Byer’s suggestions for what to look for in cloud computing partners and services.
For more information on Primus Business Services and the PrimusCloud™ suite of services, please visit http://www.primustel.ca/en/business
About Primus Canada Business Services
Primus Canada Business Services is a leading national data centre and managed services solutions provider, offering services that include virtual storage and security, disaster recovery and cloud computing, voice, and IP connectivity solutions. Primus Canada Business Services owns and manages eight world-class, state-of-the-art data centres across Canada. Primus Canada Business Services is a division of Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. Visit www.primuspbs.ca for more information.
PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including broadband Internet, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. PTGi is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to telecommunications carriers worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
About the Survey
From October 12 to October 25, 2011, an online survey was conducted among a sample of 453 small business owners and IT decision makers in Canada in companies with 2 to 499 employees, who are also Angus Reid Forum panel members. The margin of error is ±4.6%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
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It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.