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Password Complexity: You're Doing It Wrong!

Article | July 12, 2017

Just like the physical keys to your car or house, passwords add a bit of inconvenience in exchange for security. However, if you've ever been frustrated by password rules (complexity, special characters and numbers, etc.), you might be happy about the latest news.

Are Your IT Skills Going Extinct?

Article | June 15, 2017

If you want to stay relevant as an IT professional, you have two choices: evolve your current skills or make a big change.

How to Deal with Six Types of Difficult Coworkers

White Paper | May 30, 2017

It’s inevitable. At some point in your career, you’ll find yourself working alongside individuals who fall into the general category of “Difficult People.” The effects these people can have on an organization vary greatly but usually involve many problems for the team. This white paper describes some of the more common types of difficult people and provides you with tips on how to handle them.

How to Execute the Perfect Business Analysis Interview

White Paper | Feb. 13, 2017

When designing a structured business analyst interview, it’s crucial to have a goal in mind, a clear set of questions planned, and an understanding of how those questions may deviate from the intended goal. An interview has an intended line of questioning; it may also have alternate lines of questioning and unanticipated paths where the interviewee has raised issues or answered questions in a way the business analyst had not considered or planned. In short, an interview is a social process.

Successful Business Analysis Interviews Hinge on Prep Work

White Paper | Feb. 06, 2017

A structured business analysis interview is much more than a conversation; it is a controlled event requiring attention to detail, cautious design, and a strong social foundation from which to build a trusting and lasting relationship.

The Power of Linking Business Analysis and TOGAF® to Achieve IT Results

White Paper | Jan. 03, 2017

Linking business analysis skills with the methods of The Open Group’s Architecture Framework, TOGAF®, facilitates stronger IT results that drive business value.

Complex Decisions Made Simple With Structure and Tools

White Paper | Dec. 20, 2016

Structuring techniques are the foundation of decision making. They are to decision making what blueprints are to construction. There are a number of techniques that will quickly and easily improve the analysis of virtually any problem. This paper introduces some of the simplest and most effective structuring techniques including sorting, sequencing, placement, decision trees, and ranking.  

“Reasonable Security” Best Practices: Learning From Notable Data Breaches

White Paper | Nov. 28, 2016

Has your company implemented "reasonable security"? If so, you should be able to avoid lawsuits and fines after a breach. But what is "reasonable security," and is there a definition?

Understanding Pen Testing

Video | Nov. 23, 2016

A brief introduction to the basics of penetration testing.

A Guide to Making High-Quality Decisions

White Paper | Oct. 21, 2016

When a decision matters, there are certain steps you will want to follow. In this white paper, we provide guidelines for approaching decisions. The steps in this white paper are a series of interconnected techniques used in problem analysis and decision making.

10 Reasons You Should Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

White Paper | Sep. 09, 2016

Cybersecurity professionals are in hot demand, and it’s not out of reach to become one. Learn why a career in cybersecurity can be a fulfilling and smart career move.

Cybersecurity Frameworks to Consider for Organization-wide Integration

White Paper | Sep. 09, 2016

When trying to keep your intellectual property safe, the right cybersecurity framework is important. Gain a general overview of different cybersecurity frameworks and why they matter to your organization.

Two Great Security Features of VMware’s NSX Network Virtualization Platform

Article | Aug. 30, 2016

The VMware NSX platform combines networking and security functionality directly in the hypervisor and it interoperable with a vast majority of VMware’s products. The platform provides a set of logical networking elements and services, using logical switching, routing, load balancing, VPN, firewall, etc. This product decouples network functionality from the physical devices.

The Role of Critical Thinking in Problem Analysis

White Paper | May 31, 2016

Critical thinking allows us to take control of our thinking rather than letting it become hijacked by convenience, mindset, assumptions and bias. This white paper will walk you through understanding the implications of inputs (data) and influences (bias) to the reasoning process. You will learn how to develop a questioning outlook and quality standards that will lead you to make more effective decisions.

What “Good Cyber Resilience” Is and How to Get There

Webinar – Recorded | May 26, 2016

Cyber resilience is becoming a bigger issue for all organizations. But what does “good cyber resilience” look like? And how do you get there?

Delivering Results through High-Impact Leadership

Webinar – Recorded | May 17, 2016

Leadership is evolving beyond traditional leadership skills, and it has never been so important. In an era of constant change, digital disruption, increased employee expectations and rising business complexity, today’s leaders require more than the fundamentals.  In years past, leadership development focused on helping leaders set performance expectations, communicate effectively, provide feedback, coach and motivate their employees. While these skills remain important, they are no longer sufficient to meet the business requirements of the 21st century. Leaders now require skills and competencies to ensure that they also build highly productive teams, accelerate organizational results and transform customer experiences in a fast-paced, highly competitive and global working environment. In this hour-long webinar, leadership consultant Kim Caughlin will reveal and discuss the new high-demand skills and competencies required to lead effectively in the 21st century. 

Cybersecurity Predictions for 2016

White Paper | April 25, 2016

Everything from wearables and smart homes to drones and ad blockers could be increasingly susceptible to hackers in 2016, according to cybersecurity expert James Michael Stewart. In this white paper, Stewart predicts that a wide range of disastrous data breaches will occur this year as hackers have adapted to the latest technologies to automate attacks on today's devices and software. 

15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2016

Special Report | Jan. 01, 2016

Which mainstay certifications should be in your list of credentials? What's the next up-and-coming certification? This article will help you answer both questions by providing a review of the 15 top-paying certifications.

Do You Need a VPN, Firewall or Both?

White Paper | Dec. 18, 2015

VPNs and firewalls are highly recommended security solutions that can be used to protect your IT assets from threats and they are essential elements of both business networks and personal device connections. Learn more about the different kind of firewalls, benefits of VPN use and general deployment recommendations.

Three Steps to Ensure the Success of Your IT Projects

White Paper | Dec. 17, 2015

Projects are often complex, made up of a large number of moving pieces and bring numerous challenges. But, by using the three key steps mentioned in this white paper during your project planning and execution phases, your ability to achieve success is greatly enhanced. The steps enable you to identify stakeholders, manage requirements and set a course for achievable expectations.

Powerful and Creative Change Communications Strategies that Work

Webinar – Recorded | Dec. 03, 2015

The Toronto Chapter of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), in partnership with Global Knowledge, welcomes Kelly Norgate to share information about her success in leading change with powerful change communication strategies. In this hour-long webinar, Norgate will examine the link between creative change communication solutions and great corporate culture. You will learn practical change communications strategies and tactics that generate the energy and commitment required to get employees on board with transformational change. Take your next change communication plan from good – to great.

Bridging IT Skills Gaps to Transform Your Business

White Paper | Nov. 20, 2015

IT organizations are increasingly being held accountable to bring digital value to the business and participate as a strategic partner. To this end, IT organizations must ensure they have the right skills at the right time to support the strategic direction of the business and contribute overall ROI. Deploying an IT skills framework provides an opportunity for IT organizations to determine their level of readiness by identifying where skill gaps exist.

Business Process Modeling: From Macro to Micro

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 12, 2015

Business processes are complicated, and mapping them is not a trivial task. Modelling standards give us the tools to model complex processes, but they do not tell us the best way to approach a model or effectively use the tool. In this hour-long webinar, Global Knowledge instructor Rod Fage will guide you through the best way to develop a model, from determining the goal and scope of the process and measuring its effectiveness, to modelling the process in a hierarchical top-down approach, enabling business analyst to continuously validate the model.

Digital Storytelling: How to Create Content Quickly and Easily

Webinar – Recorded | Nov. 09, 2015

If you're responsible for creating marketing content and the demand for fresh content is stressing you out, help has arrived. In this hour-long webinar, award-winning content creator Gail Mercer-MacKay will show you how to easily create new content that will attract prospects even if you're short on time and budget. You will learn how basic building blocks, such as blogs, social media and newsletters, support each other and can be reused multiple times. By producing fresh content, leveraging the content of others and broadcasting through various mechanisms to drive awareness, followers, likes and leads, you can obtain your desired results by investing only seven to 10 hours a month.

How to Overcome Analytical Bias to Become a Stronger Decision Maker

White Paper | Oct. 16, 2015

Often we let personal biases and other intuitive mental forces push us towards quick decisions. In contrast, good decision makers make the effort to really analyze issues. Instead learn how to become a critical thinker by separating facts from assumptions to make consistent, high-quality decisions.

The Unpleasant Truths of Modern Business Cybersecurity

Webinar – Recorded | Oct. 15, 2015

From the largest to the smallest company, the inescapable truth is that with the click of a few keys or even a simple phone call, intruders can bypass all of your carefully constructed security. According to the Ponemon Institute's 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, the average total cost of a data breach increased from $3.52 million to $3.79 million in 2014. While a number of major data breaches have made the news, often overlooked are the events and decisions that set the stage for the breach to occur. In this hour-long webinar, Global Knowledge instructor Phill Shade will walk through a number of key areas in which today's decisions set the stage for tomorrow's breach.

Understanding Cisco Security Solutions: Are You Ready for a New Era of Risk?

White Paper | Oct. 06, 2015

The responsibility for securing organizational data has spread beyond the traditional IT professional. While there are more diverse security solutions, there are more diverse and sophisticated security threats. Security awareness and training is essential for everyone within an organization. Learn how Cisco has continued to evolve its security solutions and training.

Technology Offers Convenience, Privacy Pays the Price

White Paper | Sep. 25, 2015

Technology is a wonderful thing, but it comes with a price: cybersecurity. Free Web browsers, social media sites and other digital services collect personal information like email addresses, phone numbers, place of employment, buying habits, mortgage data that is shared with advertisers. The availability of this information leaves us vulnerable to hackers. This white paper can help you learn more about what kind of personal data is typically collected, and how to secure your information online.

Data Breaches: What Can and Cannot Be Done

White Paper | Aug. 23, 2015

Experts agree that as long as there is data, there will be people trying to steal it. For every defense mechanism put in place, there is someone who will find a way to get around it. Constant vigilance, education of the workforce, and management support are all necessary to implement effective security policies. While a well-trained IT staff is key to protecting data, all employees must understand the importance of protecting company assets, including data.

Healthcare Organizations and Data Breach: How to Lower Risk and Reduce Liability

White Paper | Aug. 14, 2015

Discover why healthcare organizations must take an immediate active role in securing their data. It is much more costly, monetarily as well as with regard to reputation, for an organization to react to a breach rather than plan for it.

Consulting Skills: The Art and Science of Success

Webinar – Recorded | July 17, 2015

Every business needs to have a consultative approach that increases organizational buy-in, enhances client relationships and improves customer service. Applying consulting skills can mean greater success for individuals and organizations alike. In this one-hour webinar, Michelle Moore will provide an overview of the Consulting Skills Lifecycle and present practical ideas from our McMaster Certified Consulting Skills Program. You'll learn how to engage your clients, gather and analyze information, present findings and recommendations, plan and implement recommendations and conclude the engagement and evaluate results.

Building Up Network Security: An Introduction

Webinar – Recorded | July 16, 2015

Despite advances in security, hackers continue to break through network defenses. In this hour-long webinar, network security specialist Catherine Paquet will examine the favorite methods and targets of hackers and will introduce you to the different categories of security technologies. In this foundational presentation, you will learn about the benefits of security solutions such as firewalls, VPNs, IPS, identity services and BYOD.

Preparing for Digital Disruption: Future-Proofing Yourself and Your Organization

Webinar – Recorded | June 16, 2015

In this world of volatility and complexity, it seems that the only certainty is the unstoppable advancement of technology. As people and organizations look to improve productivity, innovate their business models and processes, and differentiate their client and employee experiences, they need to be prepared to work in new and different ways. The challenge is that recent data reveals that Canada is falling behind the rest of the world in innovation, especially regarding new and disruptive technologies that promise to significantly impact every industry and organizations of all types and sizes. In this 60-minute webinar, we will explore the concept of digital disruption and provide information about how to future-proof yourself and your organization to succeed in this new world.

Network Forensics for Attack Mitigation

White Paper | June 11, 2015

The network forensics market is set to dramatically expand as increasing numbers of organizations become the victims of malware attacks. Limiting the damage from these incursions, and avoiding potentially crippling losses, are key motivators for businesses of any size. And network forensics offers a powerful set of tools to help companies achieve those goals.

10 Things Security Experts Wish End Users Knew

White Paper | June 05, 2015

Security is complicated, which has led to the many misconceptions and misunderstandings about security. By paying attention to these 10 concerns that security experts want you to know, you can gain knowledge and understanding about security and be securer both at work and in your personal life.

What Is a "Good" Decision? How Is Quality Judged?

White Paper | June 05, 2015

This paper provides an overview of how to judge the rigor of one's decision making. It describes how anyone can make better (higher quality) decisions, in any situation.

Project Managers are Makers; Change Managers are Shakers!

Webinar – Recorded | May 28, 2015

Change managers and project managers come at the same goal of maximizing ROI for their organizations, but from different perspectives and approaches and with different skill sets. While project managers are responsible for achieving specific objectives on time and on budget, the change manager's role is broader. Change managers apply a structured approach to helping individuals, teams and organizations negotiate relentless change. A project manager turns ideas into reality. Increasingly, project managers are required to take on the role of change manager as well. Business today can't afford to carry out tasks without considering the larger picture. Today, integration is unavoidable - and expected. In this hour-long interactive session, we'll discuss the similarities and differences between project management and change management. We'll also identify the occasions when both a project manager and a change manager might be needed.

Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN)

White Paper | April 09, 2015

A Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network (DMVPN) can be used with other networks like Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), but streaming multicast is accomplished quite well using "Default" and "Data" Multicast Distribution Trees (MDTs) with MPLS.

Dynamic Access Control: Beyond Classic NTFS Permissions

White Paper | March 10, 2015

If you've ever found yourself jumping through a series of ever-smaller hoops in order to design security groups and folder hierarchies that let you control file system access the way you want, Dynamic Access Control could be an eminently useful feature. The built-in Active Directory attributes and resource properties are a great start, and eventually you can create your own and build access control rules that match your needs exactly. The promise of the File Classification Infrastructure that got our attention back in 2009 has evolved into a practical reality for building almost any access control scheme you can dream up.

Five Security Concerns with Mobile Payment Systems

White Paper | March 10, 2015

Mobile payment systems have solid promise to become the dominant means of financial transactions, but there are some hurdles to overcome. Apple Pay might be the dominant force today, but Google Wallet and others are not far behind. The year 2014 was when digital and mobile payment systems became known to a wide range of the general population, while only techno-enthusiasts were aware of the options in the four to five years prior. Thus, mobile payment systems are not new, but customers and merchants are quickly adopting them now that they have become popular. It still remains your responsibility to thoroughly research any mobile payment option before implementing it. It is your money and you have the burden of ensuring that it has the best protection possible.