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The public sector needs a cloud ice breaker

The public sector needs a cloud ice breaker

CMS Consulting president Brian Bourne frequently contributes to IT security and privacy discussions in Canada. With cloud computing gaining rapid traction in Canadian organizations, the questions of  “data sovereignty” and “data residency” come up frequently now.

To get more clarity on these topics in a public sector setting, Brian talked to Tracy Ann Kosa, a senior strategist in privacy at Microsoft Corp. and a doctoral candidate in Computer Science at University of Ontario Institute for Technology. Tracy is working on creating models for measuring privacy. Here is her take on what is important with regard to establishing “reasonable protection” for cloud computing in public sector settings:

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The art of creating Driver Packages

The art of creating Driver Packages

There are a number ways to manage device drivers in Windows at the enterprise level. Jason Cotton, a Senior Consultant at CMS Consulting, recently shared key approaches over on the blog of our sister company Infrastructure Guardian.

The four approaches are:

1. Include everything the manufacturer offers for that model
2. Do an ‘auto detect’ drivers task
3. Combination of drivers and executables
4. Include only what plug and play will use for the tested model

Here are the key arguments for his favourite method of creating driver packagers:

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How to create Driver Packages faster and more accurately

How to create Driver Packages faster and more accurately

Everyone working
with business technology knows that there is a “science” and an “art”
to IT. Today I’d like to discuss my “art” of managing device
drivers.

My approach is not the only method that will end up with a functional product. But,
although it may not be the most obvious way, it offers me specific advantages over all the others
methods. That’s why I call it an art.

Here is an overview of different methods for creating driver packages:

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Electronic Discovery in Office 365

Electronic Discovery in Office 365

This is the first of a series of posts regarding the retention, protection, deletion and auditing of email data in Office 365. Along the way we will examine the concepts behind some powerful but little known features of the service. In this post we’ll be focusing on the Exchange Online and SharePoint Online components … Read More