Canada Receive 77% Grade for Cybersecurity Readiness

by Istvan Fekete on November 24, 2015

Canada has received an overall rating of 77%, or “C+”, for its cybersecurity readiness from Tenable Network Security, a continuous network monitoring company based in Columbia, Md, which measured cybersecurity readiness levels in six countries.

For its 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, in August Tenable surveyed 504 global IT security professionals employed by organizations with 1000+ employees. Canada’s rating was slightly higher than the overall global score of 76% (C).

At the top of the list we find the US with an overall score of 80% (B-), while Canada’s C+ ranked it second, and Australia landed in last place with 69% (D+). Tenable studied seven industries: education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and telecoms/technology. Of those, financial services and telecoms/technology received the highest scores (81% each), while education ranked lowest with 64/%.

The survey data also reveals that nearly 40% of the respondents said they felt “about the same” or “more pessimistic” about their organizations’ readiness to protect them from cyberattacks compared to last year.

“What this tells me is that while security innovations solve specific new challenges, practitioners are struggling to effectively deploy an overarching security strategy without gaps between defences,” said Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security, in the press release.

In terms of areas of weakness, Tenable identified cloud, mobile devices, and board-level involvement. When it comes to mobile devices, practitioners identified inability to detect transient mobile devices as their main challenge.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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