Cyber Security and Cybercrime in Canada, 2017

Release date: October 15, 2018

This is an interactive web application that contains SVGs. The links to the data tables used in this web application can be found here:
Tables 22-10-0001-01, 22-10-0076-01, 22-10-0079-01 and 22-10-0077-01.

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Important notes

This web application provides access to data from the 2017 Canadian Survey of Cyber Security and Cybercrime. The series of graphs show statistics on cyber security measures and the impact of cybercrime on Canadian businesses in 23 sectors.

Definitions for selected terms can be found at the bottom of this application.


Businesses were only asked to report on incidents that impacted them. Therefore, incidents that businesses deemed not to be impactful are not captured in these data.


A type of software program designed to prevent, detect and remediate malicious programming on individual computing devices and IT systems.
Application whitelisting
Identifying specific programs that are permitted to execute on a given system and enforcing a policy so that only those identified components can operate.
Digital certificates
An encrypted file containing user or server identification information, which is used to verify identity and to help establish a security-enhanced link.
A hardware and/or software device on a computer that controls the access between a private network and a public network like the Internet. A firewall is designed to provide protection by stopping unauthorized access to the computer or network.
Honeypot systems
A decoy-based intrusion-detection system used primarily as a way to attract hackers to a network system in order to study their movements and behavior.
A type of malware that restricts access to your computer or your files and displays a message that demands payment in order for the restriction to be removed.
Secure remote access
The ability to access a device or software from a remote location (e.g., work from home or access work email while travelling).
Software that collects personal information about you without you knowing. They often come in the form of a 'free' download and are installed automatically with or without your consent. These are difficult to remove and can infect your computer with viruses.
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
A private communications network usually used within a company, or by several different companies or organisations to communicate over a wider network. VPN communications are typically encrypted or encoded to protect the traffic from other users on the public network carrying the VPN.
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