Majority of Canadian organizations don't think they can stop data theft

As more Canadian companies collect information, some say they are powerless to stop cyber attacks

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.

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  1. john posted on 06/19/2014 12:54 PM
    this is why i dont do stuff money wise on the net . banks say not to worrie the data is encrypt blah blah blah . don't fall for it . anything digital can and will be hacked . by some random hacker NSA . or anybody .
  2. Angry Bill posted on 06/30/2014 12:07 PM
    One of the pitfalls of everything going to the cloud. All your data is now "out there", instead of in some company's internal servers, behind firewalls.

    That being said, most data breaches are because of people failure, not technology failure. It's far easier to target the employee who has access, than to try to hack your own access.
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