The need for a new IT security architecture

Canadian results fact sheet, based on a global study conducted for Citrix by Poneman Institute

General Facts
  • Most IT professionals in Canada (73%) feel strongly that some of their security solutions were outdated and inadequate. In fact, Canada is among the top four countries (including U.S., U.A.E. and the U.K.) to agree that their organizations’ existing security solutions are outdated and inadequate.
  • 71% of IT and IT security practitioners say their organization needs a new IT security framework to improve its security posture and reduce risk.
  • 52% of respondents state that their organization will increase budget for IT security in 2017 – equivalent to the global average.
  • More than any other country, Canadian IT practitioners think that machine learning is the most important technology to reduce security risk over the next two years (85%)
Employee Behaviour

While Canadian IT and IT security practitioners are concerned about their organizations ability to control employee devices and data, they conversely appear to disregard the importance of enforcing employee compliance with security policies.

  • Canada and Korea (40% respectively) are the least confident that their organization has the right policies and procedures in place to protect data and their infrastructure.
  • Yet, Canada is the country least concerned (51%) about the inability to enforce employees’ compliance with policies.
  • 67% of Canadian respondents (compared to the global average of 63%) perceive employee use of personally-owned mobile devices in the workplace (BYOD) as a disruptive technology and risk to IT security infrastructure.
  • Canada is among the top two countries most concerned about the inability to control employees’ devices and apps (81% for Canada, 82% for Mexico).
  • 90% of Canadian respondents believe that employees’ use of social media in the workplace has a negative impact on security. This is 15% higher than the global average.
  • At 12%, Canada had the most respondents state that they were unsure whether their company has a mobile strategy for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
  • 89% of Canadian respondents say that the inability to hire and retain expert staff is a factor that decreases their organization’s overall security and increases risk.
  • More than any other country, Canadian respondents (86%) say that an improvement in staffing would most improve their organization’s overall security posture and reduce risk. Globally on average, only 72% would agree.
  • Canadian IT practitioners (74%) are only second to Japan (79%) in their concern that having more millennials in the workplace poses a significant risk to security.
Research Overview

This fact sheet contains the country specific results for Canada found as a result of the global survey published in a two-part The Need for a New IT Security Architecture report.

This data is a result of a survey sponsored by Citrix and conducted by Ponemon Institute which revealed global trends in IT security risk and reasons why security practices and policies need to evolve in order to deal with growing threats.

There were 4,268 IT and IT security practitioners surveyed in Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. The survey included 265 respondents from Canada. The consolidated findings are presented in two reports:

Note: all data presented above is Canadian unless otherwise stated

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