The 'Riskiest' Cities In Canada: Study Finds 50 Cities At Risk Of Cybercrime

Cyber Crime

The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 02/22/2012 6:56 am Updated: 02/22/2012 9:10 am

The cyber world isn't looking too friendly for one Ontario city.

For the second year in a row, the city of Burlington, Ont., has been named the "riskiest" online city due to high rates of cybercrime, according to a study by security software company Norton.

The study ranked cities based on access to Wi-Fi hotspots, consumer spending on computers, the use of the Internet and smartphones, and behaviour on social networking sites.

Burlington was followed by three British Columbia cities, including Port Coquitlam in second place, Vancouver in third and Langley in fourth.

Last year, Burlington's mayor didn't take the news so well. Mayor Cam Jackson said he agreed with his city's growth, but questioned Norton's research.

"What I don't understand is how they came up with the numbers on cybercrime," he told ITBusiness.ca. "We need to be told what the purpose of this study is, whether it's for commercial or academic use," he added.

Norton noted in their press release that the study's intention was to "highlight the various potential risk factors that exist in our modern, constantly connected world ... Awareness is the first step to remaining secure."

Cyber crime rates cost Canadians $5.5 billion in 2010, according to a study released by Symantec. At least 7.3 million Canadians were victims of cybercrime last year, and there are about 20,000 new victims each day.

Where does your city stand: Are you a victim of cybercrime and excessive use of Facebook or did your city rank low? Here are the top 20:

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  • #20 London, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 22 <br><em>Springbank Park, London Ont. </em>

  • #19 Regina, Saskatchewan

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 21 <br><em>Downtown Regina, Saskatchewan.</em>

  • #18 Kingston, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 28<br><em>Radisson Plaza Hotel and the Harbourfront Kingston, Ontario</em>

  • #17 Barrie, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 23<br><em>On the road, Barrie, Ontario.</em>

  • #16 Halifax, Nova Scotia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 31<br><em>Halifax Harbour</em>

  • #15 Ottawa, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 11<br><em>Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ont. </em>

  • #14 Markham, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 7<br>

  • #13 Kelowna, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 9<br><em>Kelowna, B.C.</em>

  • #12 Kitchener, Ontario.

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 10<br><em>Kitchener, Ontario.</em>

  • #11 Oakville, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 6<br><em>Oakville Post Office.</em>

  • #10 Victoria, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 12<br>Victoria had the analysis' highest number of Wi-Fi hotspots, at 170 per 100,000 population. However, spending on internet access and personal computers was the lowest out of the top 10 cities.

  • #9 Edmonton, Alberta

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 13<br>Edmonton scored high in the categories of Wi-Fi hotspots, spending on personal computers and Internet access. Social networking use by Edmonton residents was the lowest in the analysis, at 37 per cent of the population. <br><em> Edmonton Skyline from Sherwood Park</em>

  • #8 New Westminster, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 16<br>New Westminster rose significantly in the rankings, up to #8 from #16 in 2010. There were 34 Wi-Fi hotspots per 100,000 population and 48 per cent of New Westminster residents use social networking. <br> <em>British Columbia's Fraser River</em>

  • #7 Toronto, Ontario

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 8<br>Toronto's spending on personal computers was among the highest. The number of Wi-Fi hotspots was also high. But social networking use among Toronto residents was near average.

  • #6 Fredericton, New Brunswick

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 14<br> Social networking use was the highest in the analysis, at 60 per centof the population. <br> <em>New Brunswick Fredericton October 2011 Gavin Langille-18. </em>

  • #5 Calgary, Alberta

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 5<br>Calgary had the lowest ranking among the cybercrime data in the list of top ten Canadian cites, but the second-highest spending on Internet use and personal computers. <br><em>Beltline Area, Calgary, Alberta, (January 29, 2007).</em>

  • #4 Langley, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 3<br> Langley dropped slightly in this year's analysis, falling one spot in the rankings from #3 in 2010. Reported cybercrime data was all in the 90th percentile. <br><em>Fort Langley British Columbia.</em>

  • #3 Vancouver, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 4<br>Vancouver rose one spot in the rankings since the 2010 analysis. It had the third-highest incidence of spamming IP addresses, and a high level among the other cybercrime data sets. Vancouver also had the second-highest number of Wi-Fi hotspots per capita and high social networking use.

  • #2 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

    <strong>2010 RANK:</strong> 2<br>Port Coquitlam, B.C. again ranked second in the analysis, scoring at the top in the majority of the categories surveyed, including cybercrime data per capita. Port Coquitlam also reported high numbers of social networking use. <br> <em>Canadian Pacific Railway yard, Port Coquitlam BC</em>

  • #1 Burlington, Ontario

    Burlington maintained its #1 ranking from the 2010 analysis. It reported the highest scores among the cybercrime data per capita in three of the four cybercrime data factors. Burlington's internet use and computer expenditures were also high.

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