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The recent passing of Cyber Security Month has reminded many businesses of the importance of implementing good security practices to ensure the protection of confidential data. It is a daunting, yet necessary, task to establish reliable cyber security. The ever-evolving cyber environment poses many obstacles which, if left unaccounted for, can lead to pitfalls in your businesses’ operations. This threatens the integrity of your business and may result in criminal activity, a deteriorated reputation, lost profits, legal repercussions and more. In order to understand the nature, and origin, of these consequences along with how to mitigate them, here is a list of the most common pitfalls to cloud security and their solutions.
October is considered North America’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Once again, it is that time of year where conversation resolving around cybersecurity has risen in popularity. For some, it’s a helpful reminder of its importance, and for others it's a harsh wake-up call. For those who have kept up-to-date with the best cybersecurity practices, this time of the year can be taken to congratulate themselves and to reflect on the effectiveness of their efforts. For others who have made little-to-no progress in this field, this time period of increased discussion regarding cybersecurity should be taken advantage of, in the hopes of catching up. 
Regardless of which service model an enterprise employs from a cloud provider, what remains prominent is that there are shared responsibilities of cloud security. The burden of maintaining secure infrastructure does not solely lie on the client or the provider, but is instead distributed between the two. Statistics Canada reports the number of police reported cyber crimes increased 164% between 2016 and 2020. Furthermore, the introduction of Bill C-26, which makes reporting cyber attacks mandatory, was in large part because many incidents were going unreported. Therefore, even though the publicly known number of cyber threats is significant, the actual number is even larger. Considering cyber attacks are increasingly becoming more common, now, more than ever, the integrity of the relationship between clients and their cloud provider is critical to success. 
Historically, the field of cybersecurity has been largely unregulated, with little to no requirements needed to be met by corporations. Recently, health centers, municipalities, universities, and other Canadian businesses and organizations have been targeted by electronic espionage and ransomware. In many instances, the attacks go unreported because the corporations fear their reputation may be damaged if word spreads that their existing security was incompetent. Often corporations decide it is in their best interest to pay the ransom fee in order to dismiss the problem, rather than to reach out for external assistance. Recently, the Government of Canada has introduced a new Canadian cybersecurity bill forcing corporations to prioritize mandatory reporting of cyber attacks and the meeting of new security standards.
As Canada navigates the challenges of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have and continue to adopt policies for working from home. Employees are now balancing their day-to-day work duties with their home life. This can pose difficulties, including how to maintain focus and stay productive. While accommodations and adjustments at home and in the office are being made it is critically important for business owners and employees to avoid compromising their cybersecurity.