IT | Security

Canadian IT Security Landscape Study

By: Absolute Team | 12/2/2011

Telus recently released its 4th annual study on IT Security, highlighting trends in the Canadian security landscape including information on breaches, threats and preparedness.

Based on a survey of more than 600 Canadian IT professionals in public and private sectors, the research shows that while breaches in Canada may be down, attacks have become more sophisticated and are increasingly targeted to individuals for financial gain (APT threats). Unfortunately, these attacks are much more difficult to detect and are likely being under-reported as a result.

The top three breaches reported in 2011 include:

  • Viruses and malware (46%)
  • Laptop or mobile hardware device theft (22%)
  • Phishing/Pharming (20%)

Executives reported mobile devices as a big area of concern, with 40% highlighting the loss of a mobile device with corporate data as the biggest concern. Laptop or mobile device losses and unauthorized access by employees are reported almost twice as frequently in government as in private companies. Definitely some interesting statistics within there.

IT complexity is a top concern for senior executives, often emerging from new technologies and mobile computing. Companies with more complexity in IT environments show a much higher rate of data breaches; 100% of reported losses above $1Million happened in medium or high-complexity environments.