Message from President and CEO John Blair
In just less than two months, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a previously unimaginable slow down of social and economic activities across nearly every industry. Now as governments and businesses turn their focus towards the recovery and re-opening, there are a myriad of considerations that are unique to every business.

According to a recent IDC Canada study in April 2020, the top challenge in working from home for small business is that "Appropriate collaboration tools are not in place", while for medium and large businesses, the number one challenge is "Cybersecurity and privacy risks".

What's your business' plan moving forward? If you need any help in protecting and enabling your workforce as they are adjusting to the new norm, we are here to help.
While the world struggles with the impacts of COVID-19, cyber criminals see it as an opportunity for commercial gain by deploying a variety of ransomware and other malware, including:

  • Attacks against newly—and often rapidly—deployed remote access and teleworking infrastructure
  • Phishing, using the subject of coronavirus or COVID-19 as a lure
  • Malware distribution, using coronavirus- or COVID-19- themed lures
  • Registration of new domain names containing wording related to coronavirus or COVID-19

During times of crisis, businesses continuity planning becomes a major strategic asset. Even organizations that are unprepared can take steps to mitigate the impacts and use the experiences for future crisis planning.

As businesses rapidly transition to remote work models in order to enforce current safety standards, securing crucial and sensitive business data on endpoints has become one of the key challenges.

Built on SentinelOne, a certified, next-generation endpoint and server security platform, Blair's Security Operations Centre (SOC) provides comprehensive security protection. Our 24x7 operation ensures you are covered against threats across all endpoints and networks.

More Resources
  • IBM Power Webinar Series 1: Leveraging the AI Technology Stack to Confront COVID-19, May 13, 2020. Register for the webinar and receive $30 voucher code to enjoy coffee/breakfast or lunch during the webinar.

  • Upcoming Webinar: IDC Canada - CIO Peer2Peer Executive Session | Post COVID-19: IT Lessons Learned and Future Digital Transformation, May 14, 2020. Registration here.

  • McCarthy Tetrault Employer Advisor: Moving Forward - Considerations for the Re-Opening of Physical Workplaces. Read the article here.

  • Microsoft Teams Adoption Guide is a collection of training videos, documentation templates, practice guidance and best practices to enable your team to stay productive while working remotely. Bookmark the page.

  • Retail Recovery Playbook - Retail Council of Canada in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, launch two playbooks: Customer Health and Safety Playbook and Employee Wellbeing Playbook. Download the playbooks.