Data Security
Dave Tyson, recently named Security Director of the Year by Canadian Security magazine, has resigned as CSO for the City of Vancouver to accept the position of senior director, information security operations and business continuity planning with online auction giant eBay in San Jose, Calif.
As the busiest air hub in Atlantic Canada, Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) sees 3.4 million travellers pass through its doors every year and the number of flights continue to increase. The airport contributes $1.15 billion to the provincial economy and is responsible for almost 12,000 direct and indirect jobs. A recent traffic survey conducted in front of the air terminal building over a seven-day period counted 48,000 vehicles moving in and around the front of the area.
Senior security professionals discuss with Canadian Security and sponsor Intercon Security the challenge of selling IT and physical convergence to stakeholders. Convergence, or the integration of IT and physical security systems has a lot of people talking these days, but are Canadian companies really finding value in unifying systems from two very different camps? Canadian Security magazine recently sat down with senior executives from some of the top names tackling security convergence — from both the end-user and vendor side — to discuss the challenges of breaking down silos and changing how security is viewed by business units. Can security really be an enabler of cost reduction and efficiency? In some organizations, IT and physical security have found ways to work together and save people time and their companies money, but not without a lot of hard lessons learned and heart-to-heart talks along the way The pioneers in this arena come from finance, health care, education, utilities and commercial property. Helping them do it are integrators from both physical and IT security. And while they admit they don’t have all the answers, they have lived through some interesting implementations.
Voice over IP (VoIP) is slowly but surely infiltrating enterprise customer contact centres. About 50 per cent of contact centres are expected to be IP-based by 2010, according to Nortel. A security mind-shift will need to accompany the transition as voice and data systems merge. Physical security, agent training, securing off-site teleworkers:  VoIP will have far-ranging impacts beyond network security.
An American information security firm is reporting a dramatic rise in attacks on electronic patient records and Canadian health-care security experts believe the threat is just as real north of the border.
Dave Tyson found out about the computer security breach at Framingham, Mass.-based TJX Companies Inc. the hard way. One day when he tried to use his credit card, it wouldn’t work.
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