Cybersecurity: An Issue For Many Small Canadian Businesses – Survey

A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) found that cybersecurity awareness is an issue many businesses still have trouble with.

CIRA’s “ 2018 Canadian Internet Security Survey, ” which surveyed nearly 2,000 businesses and institutions with “.CA” registrations, found that 32% of the respondents said their users have unintentionally disclosed sensitive information due to phishing tactics.

The report also found that 77% of small business domain owners report being concerned or very concerned about being the target of a cyberattack.

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Other relevant findings of the report include:

In the last year, 19% of companies report being hit by ransomware.

22% of large organizations have been victimized by a DDoS attack in the past 12 months.

36% of individual domain holders said they spent nothing on cybersecurity protection in 2017.

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“The cybersecurity threat landscape in Canada is complex and rapidly evolving. Our data shows that cybersecurity is no longer just a corporate IT problem, it impacts a wide spectrum of Canadian internet users,” commented CIRA vice-president of product development Dave Chiswell.

“We believe the foundation of a better online Canada is ensuring a safe and secure internet,” CIRA chief technology officer Jacques Latour said in a statement.

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“CIRA plays a role in ensuring that Canadian internet users have the tools and infrastructure in place to protect themselves, their businesses, and their families online.”

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