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September 07, 2018

Where Canada ranks worldwide in cyber breaches

Jason Conant

Excerpt: The importance of obtaining cyber insurance has again hit home, following the release of a report that found by mid-2018, Canada was the country with the third most cyber incidents in the world and ninth most exposed records. Last month, Risk Based Security in Richmond, Va. reported data as of June 30 showing the United States had, by far, the most incidents per country at 1,074. United Kingdom was second with 62 and Canada third with 48 incidents. Canada ranks 18th worldwide by gross domestic product and 38th worldwide by population, according to the CIA World Factbook. Of the 48 breaches reported in Canada, a total of 12,551,574 records were exposed, with an average of 261,491 records exposed per breach. That Canada had the third most cyber incidents in the world is not surprising considering Canada continues to be one of the most “wired” countries in the world, according to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). CIRA reported nearly 87% of Canadian households are connected to the Internet; Canada ranks 16th globally in terms of Internet penetration in 2013, up from 80% in 2010.