COVID-19 Cyber Attacks surge in Canada

While the entire world is busy in containing the spread of Corona Virus Pandemic, over 70% of Canadian IT workers say that their businesses have suffered at least one COVID-19 themed cyber attack in the past six months.

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has disclosed in its ‘2020 Cybersecurity Report’ the experiences of over 500 Canadian IT Security heads with cyber threats.

And among those involved in the survey almost one third of the respondents endeavored that they were targeted by COVID 19 cyber attacks launched in the name of fake contact tracking apps and false Corona test results

What’s interesting about the survey is that 17% of respondents say that they implemented new Cybersecurity protections in their IT environments to guard their infrastructure from novel corona virus themed phishing attacks.

Yet, over 10% of them said that they experienced a data breach between March -September 2020 with over 2% among them still unaware of the consequences they will face when badly hit by data steal events.

“Future looks grim for next 12 months as only 7% of respondents expect an increase on a hiring scale when it comes to devote exclusive staff to Cybersecurity. While five in ten persons complained that they are lacking monetary resources to raise their defense-line against spread of COVID-19 themed cyber attacks”, said CIRA spokesperson.

CIRA wants the US government to either penalize those who cannot protect their user info from data breaches or cannot report it on time to help other businesses proactively raise their defensive measures against possible cyber attacks.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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