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  • The annual celebration of International Women’s Day reminds us of the profound influence and contributions women have made to our society, our industry and our organization. The day shines a light on the challenges women face in the workplace, including bias, stereotyping and discrimination, all of which are counter to Konica Minolta’s core values (open, honest, inclusive, collaborative, innovative, passionate, customer-centric and accountable).

    It was recently brought to our attention just how many female leaders exist among our print production and industrial print customers. Through Konica Minolta’s International Women’s Day Campaign, we asked some of these women to share their stories. Read on as these individuals reflect on their journeys and in doing so provide powerful insights as leaders.

    Get ready to be inspired as we introduce you to some strong, show-stopping women leaders of our industry.and help us celebrate the experiences and wisdom of these women leaders.

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    From Our Experts, Leadership, Technology

    Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword; it’s the driving force behind innovation and change. And at Konica Minolta, we have 150 years of experience focusing on just that: innovation driven by a vision to see and do things differently, for our planet and our people. The best part? We’re just getting started.

    At Konica Minolta, preserving our planet is part of our business. It is also part of our philosophy: Creating new value for our customers and our society. We believe that technology plays a vital role in making work more fulfilling and enriching while reducing our environmental impact. In this blog, we will explore Konica Minolta’s sustainability efforts over the years and our plans for the future.

    Sustainability Over the Years

    Over the years, Konica Minolta has continuously worked toward reducing our carbon footprint, improving waste management and conserving resources. Since 2003, we have integrated sustainability into our core management practices, delivering products and solutions that address social and environmental issues aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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    From Our Experts, Sustainability

    Hello, fellow unofficial researchers! Are you often the go-to person among your peers for the latest industry updates? Do your colleagues dub you the in-house ‘numbers whiz’ or the ‘human Google?’ Well, this time of the year, you must be on a mission – to uncover the key focus areas your organization should track in 2024. Whether it’s to stay ahead of the game, steer your clients right or attract the crème de la crème talent, let’s dive in and explore together.

    You’re in the right place to learn everything you need to know about 2024 trends for organizations of all sizes.

    Let’s dive right in and discover everything 2024 has in store for all of us.

    Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) here to stay? 

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    From Our Experts, Technology

    Threat actors continually come at you and your employees. Here’s how to protect your business.

    • Thoughts from the experts
    • Deeper dive into SMB’s silent struggle with evolving cyber threats
    • SMBs need to watch out for phishing attacks
    • Ransomware attacks are on the rise
    • Legal, healthcare and financial regulations continue to change in North America
    • What are the steps to build an effective cybersecurity framework for SMBs?
    • Should you buy cyber insurance?
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    Cybersecurity, From Our Experts

    Hey there, corporate heroes and savvy online shoppers!
    The festive season is upon us, and as we deck the halls and dive into the world of online shopping for the perfect gifts, it’s crucial not to overlook the ever-present threat of cyberattacks.

    Cybersecurity should be at the forefront of our holiday to-do list, given the increasing number of threat actors eager to exploit any vulnerabilities in the digitized world. In this article, we’ll delve into the reasons behind the need for heightened cybersecurity during the holiday season and provide practical tips to ensure a secure online shopping experience in 2023. (more…)

    Cybersecurity, From Our Experts

    The end of the year is typically a time of celebration and optimism for the future, but some Canadian organizations were marred by ransomware breaches that had a significant impact on many large organizations throughout Canada. Read on to discover the reasons behind this alarming trend and why tighter cybersecurity measures are needed.

    Ransomware attacks are essentially encryption-based data extortion where threat actors block access to your data until a ransom is paid, after which a decryption key is given to retrieve data. According to a ransomware trend report, businesses and organizations in Canada remain among the top 3 most lucrative targets for the threat actors after the U.S. and the U.K.

    November 2023 ransomware events in Canada included:

    • Toronto Public Library will continue to restore systems well into 2024 after a significant ransomware attack.
    • The Government of Canada data breach incident potentially affected information of current and former Government of Canada employees, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police personnel.
    • Moneris — the payment processing giant faced an unsuccessful ransomware attack, reports no data loss.

    Why are ransomware attacks on the rise?

    As our lives become increasingly digitized, the rate of ransomware attacks follows suit. Cybercriminals are becoming shrewder and exploiting this shift for financial gain. The rise of cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, provides an untraceable payment method, making the operation risk-free and lucrative. Artificial Intelligence (AI) further empowers these cybercriminals by automating the finding and exploiting weaknesses in security systems. But AI isn’t just the bad guys’ tool; it can be our superhero, helping to detect and block these attacks before they strike.

    3 Steps to Cyber Resilience for organizations in Canada

    1. Penetration Testing
      Conducting annual penetration tests, or more frequently following significant infrastructure changes, is a proactive measure to discover vulnerabilities before cybercriminals do. This approach offers a high ROI by preventing breaches that could incur substantial expenses.
    2. Use Future-proof Tools
      Managed Endpoint Detection and Response (MEDR) is a next-generation solution that protects supported endpoints and responds to neutralize potential threats before they compromise your operations. MEDR is a future-proof response to today’s highly sophisticated cyber attacks.
    3. Employee Cybersecurity Training
      Human error often causes cyber breaches. Therefore, quarterly cybersecurity awareness training for employees is crucial. This cost-effective measure could save your organization from significant financial and reputation losses.

    Additionally, choosing a competent IT partner is your best bet in this fight. The right partner will build both offensive and defensive strategies around your business infrastructure, catering to your budget. A strong partnership with your IT vendor goes beyond business; it’s a commitment to growth and stability.

    Learn more about how Konica Minolta can help here.

    Cybersecurity, From Our Experts

    In the tech-savvy world we live in today, trust has become more valuable than gold. This holds true whether you’re a law firm, financial consultant, or a creative agency of any size in North America. For Professional Services Organizations (PSOs) trust is vital. You need it to keep your current clients and to draw in new ones, helping your business grow and hold its ground in a super competitive market.

    Here’s a fun fact: cybersecurity is a major player in building and keeping that trust. With cyberattacks getting more common and clever, your clients and prospects are more aware than ever about the safety of their sensitive data and confidential information. Through this blog, we’ll guide you on how your professional services firm can win trust through cybersecurity and make your clients feel at ease with your data protection efforts.

    1. The Cybersecurity-Trust Link for Professional Services Organization
    2. Simple Ways to Build Trust Through Cybersecurity in a Professional Services Organization
    3. Show Off Your Cybersecurity Efforts to Your Clients

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    Cybersecurity, From Our Experts

    Every year, cyber attackers continue to grow more sophisticated, making it crucial for individuals and organizations to be prepared. From state-sponsored attackers to financially motivated ransomware gangs, these attacks are becoming more sophisticated and destructive as the technology industry continues to innovate.

    However, this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we are taking an Action over Intimidation approach to get ahead of cyber threats.

    In this blog post, we’re here to offer valuable insights on optimizing your organization’s technology budget within its IT infrastructure. We’ll cover everything from generative AI technology to the reassurance provided by cyber insurance. Our aim is to help you gain a comprehensive understanding of how to make your cybersecurity investment deliver maximum value for your money. (more…)

    Cybersecurity, From Our Experts

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    Connecting the Past with the Future

    Extraordinary Milestones that Paved the Way for Konica Minolta

    This year, Konica Minolta is marking a significant milestone as we commemorate a century and a half of breakthrough innovations. As a fast-paced technology driven company, it is in our DNA to evolve and adapt to what is going on in the world. Without the ability to bring ideas of all kinds to life, whether strategic, innovative or customer-driven, where would Konica Minolta even be today? (more…)

    From Our Experts