According to a security vendor, lack of tight security has meant Canadian servers are inadvertently hosting a lot of malware
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But at the SC Congress conference in Toronto on Tuesday, security vendor Websense Inc. presented its latest study listing this country as an important – if inadvertent – host of cyberthreats.
Ironically – or logically – its Canada’s trustworthy reputation that has made it a target.
Canada ranks 10th on a list of countries that hosted malware in Q1 (the top four were the U.S., Russia, Germany and China). Not only have Canada’s cybercrime figures increased since last year, some of the jumps are alarming: For example, malware hosting on all Canadian Web sites has increased 25 per cent. The number of command and control servers here distributing malware soared 83 per cent.
What this means is more than ever IT departments in service providers as well as in organizations have to crack down on their risk assessments to ensure their servers aren’t responsible for this outbreak.