Cybersecurity Advice for SMEs by Rob Barton

In this insightful episode of the CanadianSME Small Business Podcast, we were honored to host Robert Barton, CTO of Cisco Canada and a Distinguished Architect. A graduate of the University of British Columbia in Engineering Physics, Rob Barton is a celebrated author and a leading voice in areas ranging from Quality of Service to the Internet of Things. His work, particularly in the realms of AI/ML applied to networking systems, cybersecurity, and leading Cisco’s academic research partnership program, has been instrumental in advancing industry standards. With numerous patents in wireless communications, network security, and more, Rob’s contributions have been pivotal in shaping the future of digital infrastructure.

Key Highlights:

  • Rob discusses the significance of Cisco’s Cybersecurity Readiness Index, shedding light on Canadian organizations’ current state of cybersecurity preparedness and identifying key areas that require immediate attention.
  • Key strategies organizations should prioritize to bolster their cybersecurity posture, as derived from the Index’s findings.
  • An overview of how Cisco is empowering Canadian organizations to enhance their cybersecurity readiness against evolving digital threats.
  • Insights into how AI/ML technologies are being harnessed to strengthen cybersecurity measures, with a focus on protecting SMEs.
  • Rob outlines the critical areas Canadian SMEs should concentrate on to future-proof their cybersecurity defenses in an ever-changing threat landscape.

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We extend our deepest gratitude to Robert Barton for sharing his invaluable insights and expertise on cybersecurity readiness. His advice offers a roadmap for Canadian SMEs to strengthen their defenses against digital threats, emphasizing the importance of proactive measures and the utilization of advanced technologies like AI and ML in cybersecurity.

A heartfelt thank you to our partners: RBC, UPS, Xero, and Constant Contact. Their support is crucial in facilitating these essential discussions within our small business community, helping to ensure that Canadian SMEs remain informed and prepared in the face of cybersecurity challenges.

To our valued listeners, we thank you for joining us on this informative journey. We encourage you to subscribe to CanadianSME Small Business Magazine at  for more enlightening conversations and expert advice tailored to the Canadian SME landscape.