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While employers trust their employees completely, the study confirms that human error is often the main cause of the data breach

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The 2019 Shred-it Data Protection Report (DPR) found that the majority of Canadians (59%) believe that the onus is on the employees to ensure that data is secure.

While executives trust their employees to uphold data protection policies, a breach may still occur due to human error. Through the 2019 DPR, Shred-it hopes to educate both employers and employees on how to best protect information that they handle.

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Employee error remains one of the largest causes of a data breach


of C-Suites report human error/accidental loss by an employee/insider to be the main cause of a data breach


of SBOs report human error/accidental loss by an employee/insider to be the main cause of a data breach

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

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C-Suites & SBOs

Find out how leaders of both small and large businesses feel about information security practices in their business.

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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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