Security in the Digital Age

Posted: April 10, 2019


On average, how many times do you hear the word “cyber” in a day? Once? Twice? Five times? We’d be willing to wager that the number has increased greatly over the years. Add “hacker”, “ransomware”, “phishing”, “malware”, and “virus” to the mix and the probability may just have doubled.

Why? Because Canadians and the companies we own or work for are not immune to cyber crime. “Canada is a prime target for cybersecurity attacks in 2019”, according to IT World Canada. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) says they’re not surprised Canada is a target as it is one of the most “wired” countries in the world, with nearly 87 per cent of Canadian households connected to the internet. 

So what does cyber crime look like? Many conjure an image of a man sitting in a dark room in front of a computer relentlessly trying to gain access to networks by guessing our password.

Now, let’s look at the reality of today’s cyber environment. Organizations, including Canadian municipalities, may have experienced one of the following: have had their data held for ransom; computers have been infected with viruses; and laptops containing confidential information have been lost or stolen. And yes, human error is the weakest link.

CIRA reports that the cost for Canadian businesses will be high. They estimate that 70 per cent of breaches occur against companies with fewer than 100 employees. That accounts for a large portion of Ontario municipalities.

What can be done?
Step One: be aware of the issue
Step Two: learn how to protect yourself both at home and at work

The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security encourages Canadians and Canadian businesses to “adopt even basic cyber security practises”; a little does go a long way.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your municipality. We invite you to join us this September for our biennial Risk Management Symposium at Casino Rama. Click here to register and book your hotel at a group rate.
 

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