Published: February 16th, 2017

Nearly three quarters of IT professionals in Canada feel strongly that some of their security solutions are outdated and inadequate, according to a Citrix report.

Citrix’s latest security report, “The Need for a New It Security Architecture: Global Study”, paints a bleak picture of the state of security in Canada. Alongside the U.S., U.K., and U.A.E., Canada is one of the top four countries that agree that organizations’ existing security solutions are outdated and inadequate.

While the bright side is that more than half of the Canadian respondents indicated that they would increase their budget for IT security in 2017, Canadian organizations as a whole still have a ways to go.

One aspect of security that Canadian organizations could definitely improve on is employee risk and security. Read on for nine stats regarding enforcing employee compliance with security policies.

  • Canada and South Korea are the least confident that their organizations have the right policies and procedures in place to protect data and their infrastructure at 40 per cent respectively.
  • Despite that lack of confidence, Canada is the country least concerned (51 per cent) about the inability to enforce employee’s compliance with policies.
  • 67 per cent of Canada respondents (compared to the global average of 63 per cent) perceive employee use of personally-owned mobile devices in the workplace (BYOD) as a disruptive technology and risk to IT security infrastructure.
  • Canada is among the top two countries most concerned about the inability to control employee’s devices and apps. About 81 per cent for Canada and 82 per cent for Mexico.
  • Nine out of ten Canadian respondents believe that employee’s use of social media in the workplace has a negative impact on security. This is 15 per cent higher than the global average.
  • Canada had the most respondents state that they were unsure whether their company has a mobile strategy for BYOD at 12 per cent.
  • 89 per cent of Canadian respondents say that the inability to hire and retain expert staff is a factor that decreases their organization’s overall security and increases risk.
  • 86 per cent of Canadian respondents say that an improvement in staffing would most improve their organization’s overall security posture and reduce risk. The global average here is 72 per cent.
  • Canadian IT practitioners (74 per cent) are only second to Japan (79 per cent) in their concern that having more millennials in the workplace poses a significant risk to security.

You can check out the full report here.