Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Has Your Organization Gone Phishing?


by Alita Fabiano

Over 70% of Canadian organizations have fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the last year. With an average cost of $15,000 per attack, businesses must prioritize protecting themselves from cyber-crime.

The top three motivations behind hacking an organization are:

  • The Bank Robber: to pilfer money from you
  • The Corporate Spy: to gather intel and information about you
  • The Resource Vampire: to use your resources for their own means

It is important to know how hackers are stealing your information in order to protect yourself, common cyber-attacks are through phishing, session hijacking, mobile phone hacking, stealing autofill information and botnets.

How do you know you have been hacked? Simple signs are if you are receiving ransom messages, redirected internet searches, frequent popups, unexpected software installs or your mouse moving between programs to make correct selections.

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself from the aforementioned crimes, such as:

  • Don’t leave your computer unattended.
  • Shut down your computer, rather than leaving it on sleep mode.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi.
  • Use long passwords and a password manager.
  • Always be skeptical of what you click on.

The protection of Canadian businesses has always been a priority for us, next month we will be announcing a new tool for our members to help them mitigate cyber risk.

Republished from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.


  1. Don’t ever click on anything that you don’t know is safe!
    Don’t install hacked or ‘free’ software from any untrustworthy sites it can be full of surprises. Key loggers, adware, spyware, malware, viruses are just waiting for an invitation into your computer to get to work and ruin your day or even your life if the motive is identity and/or financial theft.

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