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Monday, September 16, 2019
In Other News: Canadian Government Launches Cybersecurity Certification Program for SMBs
A recent survey by StaySafeOnline.org found that 71% of data breaches occur at small businesses, a prolific problem that the Canadian government is trying to solve. Consequently, they’re instituting an incentive program for SMBs prioritizing cybersecurity initiatives. The new initiative, CyberSecure Canada, allows organizations to prove that they meet specific security criteria, then awards the organization with a certificate and logo that they can include on their website and promotional material.
To become CyberSecure certified, SMBs must demonstrate compliance with 13 security controls that collectively create a safer internet experience for businesses and their customers. The program strives to encourage Canadian SMBs to spend time and resources on cybersecurity initiatives. Not only will this help shore up their own long-term viability, but it also supports customer data security, a top priority in the digital age.
Interestingly, the survey found that many companies aren’t equipped to defend against these threats. The research found that 64% of small businesses don’t have a security team, and only 1/3 provided cybersecurity training to their employees.