#CyberFLASH: New report gives Canada a 77% grade for cybersecurity readiness

1297236821813_ORIGINALCanada has received an overall ranking of 77% – “C+” – for its cybersecurity readiness, according to a new report from Tenable Network Security, a continuous network monitoring company based in Columbia, Md.

For its 2016 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report Card, released earlier this week, Tenable surveyed 504 global IT security professionals employed by organizations with 1,000+ employees in August. Canada’s ranking – at an overall score of 77% – was just slightly higher than the overall global score of 76% or “C”.

The report tallied responses from six countries – Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany and Australia – and seven industry verticals, and also calculated a global score reflecting “the overall confidence levels of security practitioners that the world’s cyber defences are meeting expectations,” Tenable said in a press release.

Canada’s overall score was 77%, with a 70% grade for risk assessment and a grade of 84% for security assurance. Canada’s standing was in second place, compared to the U.S. in first place with an overall score of 80% (B-) and Australia in last place at 69% (D+). Of the seven industries studied – education, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, retail and telecom/technology – financial services and telecom/technology received the highest marks of 81% each, while education received the lowest mark at 64%. [click image below to enlarge]

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