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Cybersecurity: No Longer an Option, But an Obligation!

Montréal, October 3, 2023 – As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VARS, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s cybersecurity division, would like to remind you that reinforcing your security posture is no longer an option, but an obligation for all organizations in order to ensure their growth and longevity.

“It has to be recognized that security is now a guarantee of success for businesses. It is essential for concluding a business relationship. For any given solution, the company that demonstrates a robust security posture and sound data governance should be the one to prioritize,” insisted Guillaume Caron, CEO of VARS.

In addition to security, compliance is essential, particularly with the implementation of a personal data governance program, as required by Law 25. Together, these two components are essential, interrelated and inherent to the success of organizations.

How can you secure your most valuable information assets?

Even if an organization manages to hire a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), despite the fact that they are rare and command a very high salary—unattainable for the vast majority of SMEs—this professional cannot replace the sophisticated technological cybersecurity controls, especially threat monitoring and detection, that businesses need. This is why working with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) has the advantage of being able to deploy innovative, customized solutions that are much more accessible to SMEs, and that comply with international information security standards and best practices. “Threats are constantly evolving, so real-time visibility of them and the ability to remedy them are priorities for minimizing the impact of legal, financial and reputational risks,” added Caron.

VARS selects and delivers innovative solutions and award-winning consulting services to companies of all sizes across North America: monitoring of networks, workstations and servers; analysis of the company’s attack surface on the hidden web (dark web); secure exchange of sensitive data; secure e-mail inboxes and collaborative tools; intelligent device security, access to a team of CISOs; and an awareness program, including phishing simulations. All of these solutions are also managed by VARS, representing substantial savings for organizations and accelerating their cybersecurity transformation process.

“With some 1.4 million ransomware attacks per day worldwide and an average cost of $800,000 per SME to recover from a cybersecurity incident, coupled with the unfortunate reality that more than 70% of SMEs have only basic cybersecurity protection (firewall and anti-virus), there is an urgent need for action for many local businesses,” concluded the CEO of VARS.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and VARS

VARS, a division of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, selects, integrates and manages award-winning, innovative, cybersecurity solutions that can be quickly deployed into corporations of all sizes all across North America. At the forefront of the information security industry, it offers an integrated and tailored approach to protect an organization against data theft and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Since 2022, VARS is the Fédération québécoise des municipalités’ (FQM) exclusive supplier, providing support through its service offering for securing internet-connected networks and protection against cyber threats.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm dedicated to the success of organizations and their leaders since 1948. The Firm’s advisors are committed to helping clients thrive by obtaining a deep understanding of what is important to them, their business and their industry. This knowledge, combined with a team of motivated and talented professionals, helps accelerate growth. A Quebec and Canadian leader in the areas of assurance, tax, advisory services and business recovery and reorganization, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton boasts more than 2,800 professionals, including approximately 200 partners, working in over 100 offices across the province of Quebec and in the Ottawa and Edmundston regions.

Together with Grant Thornton LLP, another Canadian firm, and the Grant Thornton world organization, our global footprint spans across more than 145 countries with over 68,000 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

For more information:

Gaëlle Fontaine
Consultant, Communications and Public Affairs
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Telephone: 438 349-0842
Email: [email protected]

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