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Trend Micro’s Cyber Risk Index shows 69% of Canadian organizations predict successful attacks incoming

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Results also revealed almost two-thirds (60%) of Canadian organizations still anticipate they’ll be breached in the next 12 months.

TORONTO — Trend Micro Incorporated, a global cybersecurity company, announced the findings of its latest global Cyber Risk Index (CRI) for the second half of 2022. According to the results, the overall global cyber-risk levels have improved from “elevated” to “moderate” for the first time. While North America and Canada still stand at an elevated risk level, Canada received a score of -0.03, which shows an improvement compared to the first half of the year (-0.30).

Results also revealed almost two-thirds (60%) of Canadian organizations still anticipate they’ll be breached in the next 12 months, with almost one-out-of-five (18%) claiming this is “very likely” to happen.

Jon Clay, VP of threat intelligence at Trend Micro: “For the first time since we’ve been running these surveys, we saw the global cyber-risk index not only improve but move into positive territory at +0.01. Canada has also steadily shown improvement since our last survey, although there is still work to be done. Canadian organizations must continue to take steps to improve their cyber-preparedness so they can stay ahead of the ever-evolving threats, especially since most anticipate a breach within the next year.”

Despite this improvement, most Canadian organizations are still pessimistic about their prospects over the coming year. The CRI found that most respondents in Canada said it was “somewhat to very likely” they’d suffer a breach of customer data (61%) or Information assets (e.g. intellectual property) (60%) or a successful cyber-attack (69%).


These figures represent a decrease of 14%, 19% and 17%, respectively, from the last report.

At a global level, the top four threats listed by respondents in the CRI 2H 2022 remained the same from the previous report:

  1. Clickjacking
  2. Business Email Compromise (BEC)
  3. Ransomware
  4. Fileless attacks

“Botnets” replaced “login attacks” in fifth place.

Global respondents also named employees as representing three of their top five infrastructure risks:

  1. Negligent insiders
  2. Cloud computing infrastructure and providers
  3. Mobile/remote employees
  4. Shortage of qualified personnel
  5. Virtual computing environments (servers, endpoints)

Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute, said: “As the shift to hybrid working gathers momentum, organizations are rightly concerned about the risk posed by negligent employees and the infrastructure used to support remote workers. They will need to focus not only on technology solutions but people and processes to help mitigate these risks.”


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