Cybersecurity attacks in Canada hold steady, but things are getting worse

Sunny Handa says cybersecurity is an enterprise risk, not just an IT risk

By Julius Melnitzer | July 24, 2023

At first blush, readers of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2023 might take heart in discovering that 2022 did not see steady growth in the number of cyberattacks.

“The number of attacks in 2022 were roughly the same to slightly less than in 2021,” says Sunny Handa, a Montreal-based member of Blakes’ cybersecurity practice who leads the firm’s national technology and communications group.

But, perused more critically, the news isn’t really all that good.

“Growth paused because there were periods of successive months in 2022 where there were very few attacks being perpetrated,” Handa said. “The likely reason for disruption in the smooth growth trend experience over the previous years, however, was the war in Ukraine. Towards the end of 2022, things seemed to get back on track and the ‘volatility’ noticed in 2022 seems to have reduced to a relatively indiscernible level.”

Indeed, there’s little basis for optimism at this point.

“Things are getting worse and more complex,” Handa says.

Here are some of the concerning details: MORE . . .

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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