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Expert urges companies to start taking cybersecurity more seriously

July 30, 2019 / Mia Anhoury

The recent personal information data breaches, such the Capital One breach announced this week, show that companies are not taking cybersecurity seriously, expert Mourad Debbabi says. The provider of Costco Wholesale and Hudson’s Bay credit cards announced on Monday there was a breach of security on July 19 affecting six million Canadians’ personal information. One million social insurance numbers were compromised. It’s at least the second time this year that Canadians have been affected by a data breach. In June, 2.7 million Desjardins Group members were victims of a data breach caused by an employee who accessed and leaked internal data. Data is being stolen directly from the company or organizations that house it and not from the individuals themselves. This makes companies responsible for protecting the data, says Debbabi, who is a Concordia professor and the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Thales senior industrial research chair in smart grid security.