New research by WebSense found that Canada is quickly becoming the go-to place for cyber criminals around the world. There are plenty of reasons for this but the big one is also the simplest: No one really regards Canada as dangerous.
IP addresses originating from Europe and China are highly scrutinized and many companies out right block entire countries (such as Nigeria) to stop online fraud, phishing and all the other nasty stuff that goes on online.
The problem is that Canada is just the opposite. We have a relatively clean record when it comes to cyber security.
"More malicious content is being hosted in Canada than ever before," said Patrik Runald, senior manager of Security Research, Websense. "Cyber criminals are taking advantage of Canada's clean cyber reputation, and moving shop. We're seeing all time highs for both hosted phishing sites and bot networks. It is important for Canadian citizens to be extra vigilant on the Internet, taking extra precautions when clicking on links."
Last year Canada was considered 13th in the list of top countries for cyber criminals, as of this writing though we have shot up to number 6. That’s a massive leap to make in only a year and it has people worried.
"Cyber crime in Canada is increasing," said Fiaaz Walji, Canadian country manager for Websense. "Businesses today need to be able to defend against this new assault. A solution that provides content security and combines email, Web, and DLP security is key to fending off these modern threats, which often bypass traditional perimeter and endpoint security."
As a business you need to make sure you have the most up to date security possible. This can be pricey but is a heck of a lot cheaper than the money you could lose to cyber crime.
If you don’t own a business but still want to be sure you are secure please follow these best practices:
- Keep your virus scanner up to date, if you don’t have one check out Microsoft Security Essentials, it is free and updates automatically.
- Do not open e-mails from people you don’t trust.
- Do not enter any sign in information for any service unless you typed in the services web address yourself (clicking a link could leave you open to phishing.)
For more ways to secure yourself read my article here.