The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has published its annual cybersecurity report for the year and its findings are not positive. Here are some of their highlights:
- Fewer organizations expect to increase human resources dedicated to cybersecurity in the next 12 months with one-third planning to do so, down from 45% in 2019.
- About three in 10 organizations have seen a spike in the volume of attacks during the pandemic.
- Slightly more than half of organizations implemented new cybersecurity protections directly in response to COVID-19.
- One-quarter of organizations experienced a breach of customer and/or employee data last year.
- Another 38% don’t know if they did or not.
- Organizations are less likely than in 2019 to inform a regulatory body of a data breach, with only 36% doing so compared to 58% last year.
- Decision-makers are divided in their concern about changes to PIPEDA, with 54% saying they are concerned.
Overall, the report indicates a tech landscape still struggling to keep up with the changes wrought by COVID-19, but CIRA hopes that these findings will guide business and users alike in securing their established home office environments from the risk of cyberattacks.