Data breaches costed companies $4.24 million per incident on average–the highest cost in the 17-year history of the report. It turns out that security incidents became more costly (10 percent more than last year) and more difficult to contain due to drastic operational shifts during the pandemic.
Instances of ransomware have exploded in the past five years. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that the total cost to Canadian organizations in paid ransoms and lost productivity was US$4 billion.
The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada has published a Cybersecurity Notice on Ransomware, which flags a recent uptick in ransomware attacks on IIROC firms and provides guidance on how IIROC firms should prevent, detect, respond to and recover from ransomware attacks.