Leery of sharing your info after a cyberattack? You're not alone. Nine in 10 Canadians feel the same way: KPMG in Canada poll

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/CNW/ - Nearly all Canadians (90 per cent) say they are "leery" about sharing their personal or financial information with any organization that's had a...
With the COVID-19 pandemic fuelling a surge in online everything – from working, shopping and connecting – more than half ( 54 per cent ) of all Canadians say they are shopping online more than they ever did pre-COVID and an equal number say they're getting many more suspicious-looking emails as well.

"While social distancing has made us much more reliant on all things digital, the surge in cyberattacks and data breaches amid the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to undermine trust, with as many as four in five Canadians warning they would reconsider doing business with anyone that failed to keep their data safe," says Hartaj Nijjar, KPMG partner and national leader of Cyber Security Services. "The new reality in which we're living demands that every organization take a much-harder look at their cybersecurity strategy, systems, and protocols."

Since the pandemic started, Canadians have been hit mostly by phishing (38 per cent) or spear fishing (13 per cent) cyberattacks. Phishing attacks occur when attackers masquerade as authentic organizations to dupe the target into opening an instant message, email, or text message or clicking on an attachment. But, while phishing campaigns are sent to many recipients, spear phishing is highly targeted and personal; they look more legitimate.

"Cyber criminals are ruthless. They're after your identity, login credentials, money, and sensitive information," says Mr. Nijjar. "With cyberattacks becoming increasingly more sophisticated, organizations must do their part by improving their cyber resilience and continuing to promote #GetCyberSafe awareness and education."

The online poll of 2,003 Canadians was conducted between September 15 and 18.

Key Poll Highlights

90 per cent of Canadians are "leery" about sharing their personal or financial information with any organization that's had a cyberattack or data breach.

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