Feb. 22, 2021--Last year was challenging for organizations on many levels. Due to the global pandemic, many businesses were forced to close, while some shifted to remote work, which opened new opportunities for cybercriminals. This situation pressed organizations to look for new ways to improve their cybersecurity practices.
According to the data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, in 2020, Virtual Private Network (VPN) was the most popular cybersecurity tool to combat increased cyber threats among Canadian organizations. In total, 59% of Canadian companies deployed VPNs last year.
The second most commonly deployed cybersecurity layer last year in Canadian organizations was DNS Firewall. Overall, half of the companies introduced DNS Firewall as one of the security measures. Password manager occupied the third spot in the list and was utilized by 46% of organizations.
Compared to 2019, fewer organizations took up these cybersecurity measures in 2020. However, last year Canadian organizations upgraded their cybersecurity practices by adding a more comprehensive range of security layers, such as VPN and single sign-on authentication.
8 in 10 organizations suffered a cyberattack last year
Last year, the majority of Canadian organizations had to face cyberattacks. Overall, 80% of organizations handled at least one online assault in 2020. In comparison, 71% of Canadian companies experienced at least one cyberattack in 2019.
In 2020, cybercriminals frequently took advantage of the global pandemic to launch attacks. Over one quarter (28%) of Canadian organizations last year were targeted by COVID-19 themed assaults.
Some Canadian organizations were targeted by cybercriminals more often than others. Over a fifth (21%) of organizations endured more than 10 attacks in 2020. The public sector received a bigger share of the attacks.
Despite the increase in cyberattacks, only around one-third of IT security professionals in Canadian organizations said they anticipated growth in human resources dedicated to cybersecurity.
Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on the lack of cybersecurity resources in organizations:
“It is clear that organizations must act quickly to address the lack of cybersecurity talent. After all, the year 2020 has taught us that we can not foretell what challenges lie ahead. Therefore, companies must always be ready to handle the ever-evolving cyberthreats.”
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Source: Company press release.