The governor of the Bank of Canada is not holding his fear of a cyberattack back.
In an interview with the Canadian Press, Stephen Poloz said that more than anything else, a cyberattack on a large Canadian financial institution is what worries him the most about the future:
“It leaps up to the top of your consciousness pretty quickly — I think in many ways it’s more worrisome than all the other stuff…
Every [cybersecurity breach] you hear of sounds different, or happens in a different way…. There’s all these things you and you think, ‘My God, how do I get my arms around that whole risk and what are the consequences?’…
If you continue just to add institution-by-institution guidelines, you will not create enough of an umbrella to protect anybody from the social consequences of a cyber event and, therefore, almost definitionally there will be one…
What are the social consequences if our payments system goes down for any length of time? Big disruption to the economy. So, it becomes a macroeconomic consequence from maybe only one member of the payments system having a vulnerability that wasn’t guarded against.”
Poloz is right that a system is only as strong as its weakest link – this is true for cybersecurity as much as any other topic. At Evizone, we consistently tell our clients to look at their own clients and vendors to make sure they are safeguarding their data properly. Getting hacked puts not only your own company at risk, but every other company you deal with as risk too. This was the case when HBO’s Orange is the New Black was leaked early after the audio-post production company Larson Studios had their systems compromised.
With tough new regulations being passed in New York, the EU, and other jurisdictions that penalize poor attention to cybersecurity, it’s time for companies to step up to the plate and ensure that they protect and encrypt their data.
Ignoring the issue is not only bad for your company, but for the whole economy.
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Tom Kott, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7082, email@example.com