In Canada, cyberattacks are a frequent and prevalent occurrence. One attack can affect millions and often results in breached and failing computer systems, manipulated intellectual data, and stolen customer identities and personal information. Innovative and vetted cybersecurity for organizations is essential in our increasingly tech-based world.
During the pandemic, Canada alone faced “70% of global cybercriminal phishing attacks.”1 Hackers were presented an entryway on a platter. The rise in remote work permitted cybercriminals to exploit “the easiest prey: COVID-era office employees working from their kitchen tables”.1 This has created a lot of conversion around how we protect our workforce from online threats.
Cyberattacks at the Capital
Unsurprisingly, a lot of these attacks occurred within our capital - Ottawa. According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), Ottawa is floating at the top of the phisher hit list as it houses an abundance of confidential and highly sensitive government information. From crown corporations to national associations, phishers were on the rise breaching systems and attempting to acquire locked data. Recently at the CRA headquarters in Ottawa, “Canada Revenue Agency had to force 800,000 taxpayers to reset passwords to their accounts after learning someone was using compromised credentials for access.”2
It has recently been reported that 9 million Canadian accounts were compromised because of 782 breaches received by the federal privacy commissioner. It included “federally-regulated organizations such as financial firms, communications providers, transportation companies and energy companies.”2 This further highlights the necessity and demand for upgraded and monitored cybersecurity systems and personnel.
The Importance of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is the main way the government or any organization can increasingly stay safe from cyberattacks. Unfortunately, “Cyber attacks are an increasingly sophisticated and evolving danger to your sensitive data, as attackers employ new methods powered by social engineering and artificial intelligence (AI) to circumvent traditional data security controls.”3 Due to a plethora of cyber ambushes, our Canadian government and many governments around the world are highlighting and bringing more awareness to cybercrime in efforts to reduce the inevitable cost, damages, and chaos cybercrimes create. Although cyber-attacks cannot be completely avoided, it is understood that developing stronger securities to prevent the attacks is crucial.
We implore you to have conversations about cybersecurity and to learn more about the realities of cyber attacks. Contact New Horizons Kingston to learn more about our cybersecurity courses and how we can train your team to protect your organization from cyberwarfare.