26 Oct 2021

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: VARS urges businesses to improve their cybersecurity posture

Montreal, October 26, 2021 – To mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VARS, a division of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, is reminding business leaders about the importance of having a customized cybersecurity strategy and backing it with concrete measures.

“Cybersecurity is imperative for any organization’s success. Today’s SMEs need to identify and protect their mission-critical assets, then set up security measures to keep them up and running. This is a crucial step in protecting your IT systems from increasingly sophisticated and ever-changing attack methods. You need to have real-time visibility of your business’ threats and vulnerabilities so that you can manage risks,” said Guillaume Caron, President and CEO of VARS.

VARS offers and manages a comprehensive range of security services through a one-of-a-kind integrated solution. It includes network, desktop, server and dark web monitoring; privileged identity and access management; secure sensitive data exchange; email and collaborative tools security; and an awareness-building program that includes phishing simulations.

With telework becoming widespread and the technology landscape continually changing, there’s been a sharp rise in phishing campaigns and ransomware attacks. Faced with a growing number of unsecured access points and virtual meetings replacing in-person conversations, organizations of all sizes need robust IT security more urgently than ever before. Adequate protection can safeguard their operations, help preserve their reputations and reassure their stakeholders. This, in turn, promotes good governance practices and improves their long-term viability and growth prospects. For SMEs, the goal is to mitigate IT security risks.

At Security Connect 2021, an event held in June 2021, VMware Inc. released the findings from the fourth instalment of its Global Security Insights Report. The report found that cybercriminals are taking advantage of accelerated innovation and remote work arrangements to execute targeted attacks. Nearly 80% of the surveyed organizations experienced cyberattacks due to more employees working from home, highlighting the vulnerabilities in legacy security technology and postures.

For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, VARS wishes to remind businesses that it’s very important to have a cybersecurity solution that has been tailored to their specific needs. “Paired with support from an external Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), this solution is central to improving the information security posture of SMEs. By taking preventive measures, such as implementing innovative technologies and effective monitoring mechanisms, you can reduce risks, support good governance and protect your brand image. This isn’t optional anymore; it’s a necessity for all organizations,” concluded Mr. Caron.

To learn more about VARS and its one-of-a-kind integrated security solution, click here.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm that has been 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 2,700 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 global organization, our global footprint spans across nearly 140 countries with over 58,200 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

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Marine Detraz
Communications and Public Affairs Advisor
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
Tel: 514-705-8096
detraz.marine@rcgt.com

 

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19 Oct 2021

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been approved as a service provider to support businesses in New Brunswick.

The government of New Brunswick, in collaboration with TechImpact and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), recently introduced the Digital Boost 2.0 program, which offers New Brunswick businesses financing and expertise to kick off their digital transformation. Funds are granted in connection with this program so that these companies can collaborate with qualified providers.

Among these qualified providers, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is able to help New Brunswick business create a digital strategy so that they can remain competitive, resilient and forward-thinking as the business world continues to digitize.

What is a digital strategy?

An effective digital strategy is a roadmap for reaching short-, medium- and long-term digital transformation goals. It’s a foundational plan that outlines your organization’s technological needs and helps you determine which technologies to invest in and how to implement them for success.

How does it work?

Digital Boost 2.0 will reimburse 75% of $26,600 up to a maximum of $20,000 per business. If the digital strategy does not cost $26,600, the remaining financing can be used to market your first project.

Who is eligible?

Businesses are selected based on their technical maturity and business operations.

Digital Boost 2.0 is not open to the following sectors: real estate, government services, personal/social services, retail, restaurants and lumber. Professional service industries such as marketing firms, creative agencies and business coaches are generally not eligible.

The program will assist up to 120 New Brunswick businesses.

For program eligibility criteria or to apply, visit the Digital Boost 2.0 website.

We can also help you with your process. Contact us today.

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05 Oct 2021

Quebec, October 5, 2021—Inno-centre and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton join forces to support and accompany SMEs in achieving the full potential of their digital transformation project.

A winning partnership for Quebec SMEs

Inno-centre joins forces with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton to support them in the mandate it was given by the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, as part of the Offensive de transformation numérique. This association was created to pool the resources of each organization in order to help Quebec SMEs begin or accelerate their digital transformation, and thus improve their competitiveness and productivity.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s expertise in digital maturity and cybersecurity, as well as their in-depth knowledge of the various available technological solutions, further enhance Inno-centre’s consulting services.

This agreement will enable Quebec SMEs to confidently undertake their digital transformation process, knowing that they will be able to access all the required expertise, whether it be strategic thinking to the implementation of digital solutions.

In putting their efforts together, Inno-centre and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton are providing strong support to SMEs in their growth challenges. “Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s expertise in digital transformation fits squarely within the business consulting services offered by Inno-centre. This partnership will enable SMEs across all Quebec regions to accelerate progress towards achieving their digital maturity, a key factor in their competitiveness,” says Jean Rivard, Vice President at Inno-centre.

“There is no doubt that this partnership with Inno-centre reflects our desire to put local SMEs’ prosperity and dynamism at the forefront of our actions. In a business context that requires greater agility and innovation from companies across all industries, digital and technological transformation has emerged as a key enabler of sustainability and growth. By accelerating their digital maturity, companies are becoming more efficient, they increase their revenues, and compensate for labour shortages in addition to facing the competitiveness challenge. It is our privilege to integrate our expertise at the heart of these major transformations,” says Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton’s Business Transformation Associate and Digital Transformation Leader, Nancy Jalbert.

About Inno-centre

For more than 30 years, Inno-centre has been providing consulting services to innovative SMEs at various stages of their development. With a team of more than 125 advisors, Inno-centre works annually with more than 500 companies from its offices in Québec City and Montréal. For more information, visit www.inno-centre.com.

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a professional services firm that has been 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 2,700 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 global organization, our global footprint spans across nearly 140 countries with over 58,200 people who provide real insight, a fresh perspective and agility to keep clients moving ahead.

Renseignements :

Francis Letendre
Chef – Affaires publiques
Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton
514-390-4201
letendre.francis@rcgt.com

Flavie Tessier-Gagnon Inno-centre
514-987-9550
Flavie.tessier-gagnon@inno-centre.com

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21 Sep 2021

As a partner of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec’s (FCCQ) prestigious Les Mercuriades competition, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton will once again be awarding the prix Mercure Entrepreneuriat Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton this year.

Through this award, which recognizes two organizations, an SME and a large company, our firm acknowledges the determination of entrepreneurs who work hard to create jobs and ensure their business’s growth in particular by developing an effective progression strategy, entrepreneurial succession plan or successful intergenerational transfer process.

The FCCQ will be celebrating the 42nd year of its competition, which brings together exceptional leaders every year. Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is pleased to support Quebec talent and entrepreneurs and be associated with this prestigious competition.

SMEs and large companies that would like to submit their application in one of the 17 categories, including Mercure Entrepreneuriat, can do so until Friday, December 17, 2021 (free registration). Submit your application on the FCCQ’s 2022 Mercuriades website.

Good luck to all businesses!