A new one Statistics Canada The report says 18% of Canadian businesses were affected by a cybersecurity incident last year, compared with 21% of Canadian businesses in both 2019 and 2017.
Data collected between January and March 2022 shows that 16% of small businesses, 25% of medium businesses, and 37% of large enterprises have reported being affected by a cybersecurity incident in 2021.
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Statistics Canada says the most common types of cybersecurity incidents identified by businesses are theft of money or ransom payments, and theft of personal or financial data.
61% of affected businesses have identified external parties as perpetrators of cybersecurity incidents, while 38% have not identified perpetrators.
The percentage of businesses that reported spending some money to detect or prevent cybersecurity incidents remained roughly the same in 2021, at 61%, compared with 62% in 2019.
However, the amount of money Canadian businesses spend to detect or prevent cybersecurity incidents increased by about $2.8 billion in 2021 to $9.7 billion from 2019, Statistics Canada said.
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