Cyber Defense Monitor 2017:
North America

Confidence in cyber defenses is high in the United States and Canada – but perceived threat actors differ depending on whether you’re north or south of the border.
Cyber security may be a top board room priority, but what does that mean in practice? We talked to over 1,200 people from two distinct groups within companies: senior executives and IT decision makers (ITDMs).
Close examination of the responses to our survey suggested that, while these two groups agree on many things, they often do so from very different perspectives, symptomatic of a lack of clear communication and agreed basic information shared between executives and IT leaders.


Among our findings for this region:

  • C-level executives in the US estimated the cost of a successful attack at US $5.9 million, far less than the US IT Decision Makers estimate of US $27.2 million
  • Four in five (80%) Canadian C-suite respondents say employee error would be the main reason for a successful cyber attack – but only 40% of ITDMs agree
  • In the US, a third of IT Decision Makers (32%) think terrorist organizations are a likely source of attack – but only 7% of their colleagues in the C-suite agree
  • In Canada, both C-Suite (38%) and ITDMs (39%) agree that organized criminals are the most likely source of attack
  • Both groups placed the responsibility for a cyber attack succeeding on the shoulders of the other group

United States

Cyber Defence Monitor 2017: United States



Cyber Defence Monitor 2017: Canada