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C-Suites and Small Business Owners (SBOs)

Although C-Suites and SBOs recognize data security risks, they underestimate the consequences those risks entail

The 2019 Shred-it Data Protection Report (DPR) found that even though C-Suites and SBOs recognize that data security risks exist, they fail to understand the impact the breaches can have on their organizations. In fact, 66% of Canadian businesses confirm they are likely to report a breach over the next five years. Through the 2019 DPR, Shred-it hopes to educate business owners on how to mitigate risks in their workplaces to ensure that information security remains a top priority.

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Canadian Businesses report the following impacts on their organizations…


of C-Suites faced legal consequences for their organization


of C-Suites face long term financial impact for their organization


of SBOs faced legal consequences for their organization


of SBOs face long term financial impact for their organization

Read our Executive Summary for a sneak peek of the Shred-it Data Protection Report.

This year, Shred-it studied several groups to best understand the information security perceptions and behaviors across a broad spectrum of audiences.


Discover how the general public reacts to corporate data breaches and how it impacts their daily lives.

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Employees/ Employers

Learn more about the differences between employees and employers when it comes to data protection.

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Read more about the nuances between different industries when it comes to their information security practices.

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About the Data Protection Study & Report

In its 9th year, this survey identifies the insights, opinions and best practices of data protection among Small Business Owners (SBOs), C-Suite Executives (C-Suites) and members of the public at large from across the country to help Canadians better navigate this changing privacy landscape. The goal is to uncover – and quantify – both the risks and opportunities Canadian businesses and consumers face, including the upsides and downsides of mishandling data and/or being breached. While the previous reports were branded as the Shred-it State of the Industry Report, this year it has been renamed to the Shred-it Data Protection Report – a name that more closely reflects the focus of the report and the value of the intelligence it provides.

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