About one-third of Canadians recently targeted by cyber crime: Accenture

The report finds that people want more education to help protect themselves

Slightly more than one-third (36%) of Canadians were the targets of a cyber crime attempt in the last three years, according to a survey released by Accenture Canada.

In addition, 19% report having previously been the victim of a cyber crime.

But although most Canadians have come close or actually experienced cyber crime interference, fewer than half (44%) are aware of how to protect themselves from these events and 38% are aware of how to report a cyber crime to authorities.

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Canadians seem to be aware of their lack of knowledge and they are calling for assistance in learning more.

“Canadians are concerned about their general lack of knowledge when it comes to preventing and reporting cybercrime,” said Arnold van den Hoeven, public safety lead in Accenture Canada’s health and public service practice, through a statement.

“The majority (78%) of survey respondents want government and public safety agencies to do more to inform them about how to prevent cybercrime and to stay safe online, with one-fifth of respondents specifically citing the need for increased education of citizens about their personal and data security when online,” he added.

This concern is having an effect on many Canadians’ online activities, with 53% saying that cyber crime is limiting their use of online services.

Market Strategy Group conducted the survey of 1,057 Canadians on behalf of Accenture. Data was collected in September.

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