23 Nov 2011

More insider data breaches in Canadian government

Insider threats caused by employees seem to be on the rise in Canada's government, according to the fourth annual Telus-Rotman study on Canadian IT practices. The study shows that internet security among employees may need to be tighter, as inside breaches are up 28 percent from last year and 68 percent from 2008.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Michel Juneau-Katsuya, CEO of the Northgate Group, an Ottawa security and intelligence group, who said that a key to lessening these breaches is to have education and awareness training on the internet and what to do.

"It's not difficult," he said, adding that most people want to do the right thing, but they need to know how to do it. "Unfortunately, the government is doing a really, really poor job in raising the awareness."

While insider breaches have increased over the past year, the study found that IT security breaches in Canada are down. Internet security breaches are said to be down about 50 percent from last year, with government breaches down 23 percent, from 22.4 breaches per organization last year to 17.3 in 2011.