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Data theft primary concern for Canadian businesses: survey

Security & Privacy

Data theft is the primary security concern of Canadian businesses, according to a recent survey by technology solution provider CDW Canada.

The survey, conducted by CDW Canda at its annual Business Technology Expo customer event, found that nearly 20 per cent of responding businesses were attacked by cybercriminals in the past 12 months. And businesses are taking the threat seriously – 38 per cent said they treated cybercrime as a major concern and 32 per cent were concerned about a lack of employee training.

The survey asked if respondents had experienced security breaches in the past year and what their primary concerns around security were. Thirty-eight per cent said they treated cybercrime as a major concern within their organization. In addition, 32 per cent expressed concern around a lack of employee training for security breaches.


When identifying their primary security concerns, data theft came out on top at 34 per cent, followed by information on personal and mobile devices at 25 per cent.

“IT security is clearly a major issue for Canadian organizations,” said Daniel Reio, director of marketing for CDW Canada, in a statement. “A large number of companies have experienced cyberattacks in the past year and as firms become more mobile, they increase the number of devices and data validation points they need to manage, heightening their risks. With the help of our technical experts and the products and services we offer, CDW Canada is well positioned to help organizations identify their gaps and ensure their IT infrastructure and important corporate information are secure.”