We told you earlier this month that more Canadians companies are collecting personal information, according to a report for Ottawa's privacy commissioner.
Now, a new survey finds that 59 percent of Canadian IT security employees believe their organization can do little to stop the theft of that personal and confidential information.
The survey by the Ponemon Institute found that of the 240 IT and security workers 56 percent don't think their organization has the safeguards in place to protect against advanced attacks and 36 percent of those surveyed had a "substantial attack at their company within the past 12 months.
If there was a theft of confidential information, 27 percent said that they didn't even know the full extent of the data stolen.
The report for Ottawa's privacy commissioner found that 97 percent of Canadian companies surveyed in 2013 collected personal data. That included names, addresses and phone numbers. That's up from 63 percent in 2007.