Cybersecurity is a key issue for Dealers and IIROC. Cybersecurity has been an important priority for IIROC for the last few years.
IIROC is committed to helping firms strengthen risk management practices and increase cybersecurity preparedness. IIROC’s initiatives include self-assessment surveys, consultations with cybersecurity professionals, and table-top exercises. We also provide educational resources such as best practice guides and webinars to help Dealers plan and implement effective risk controls and response plans for cyber threats and attacks.
We have a mailbox where you can report incidents to IIROC:
We're seeing increased cybersecurity and fraud attacks targeting clients of our firms. We issued a Notice “Cybersecurity and Fraud – Protecting Clients” that outlines the types of attacks to look out for and discusses what firms and advisors can do to prevent or limit the loss to clients. The Notice also summarizes when and how to report such incidents to IIROC. (November 10, 2020)
We have released two webinars: one on Cybersecurity Governance, and another on the Cybersecurity Threat Landscape. Check them out in our Webinars link. (October 29, 2020)
Cloud services and application interfaces are being increasingly targeted and their vulnerabilities exploited by cyber attackers. We issued a Notice to recommend some controls that firms can consider to manage these risks. (June 24, 2020)
The table-top exercise for small and medium-sized Dealer Members, that was initially planned for 2020, will now be postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (June 3, 2020)
We published a
Notice that outlines some tips for advisors and employees on how to prevent and respond to a cyber attack even when working from home. (April 21, 2020)
A Notice has been issued to provide information to IIROC Dealer Members on cybersecurity threats arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes some tips to help firms and its employees protect clients’ information and itself. (March 30, 2020)
A new IIROC Cyber Governance Guide has been published. Check it out in our ‘Guides and Resources’ section. (March 3, 2020)
IIROC conducted cybersecurity self-assessment surveys for all Dealers in 2016, and again in 2018. Each Dealer was issued a confidential Cybersecurity Report (CSR) which identified their level of cybersecurity maturity and set out high-level recommendations for priority attention.
In 2017 and 2019, IIROC engaged cybersecurity consultants and visited selected Dealers with cybersecurity self-assessment maturity levels below the expected target of their industry peer group.
IIROC hosts table-top exercises to help small and medium-sized firms with cybersecurity preparedness and risk management practices.
Guides and resources:
IIROC has published guides to help Dealers protect themselves and their clients against cyber threats and attacks.
Information and links to webcasts on cybersecurity issues released by IIROC’s Member Education Services group.
Here are some links to information and resources provided by the Government of Canada on cybersecurity.