Archive for October 7, 2021

New LinkedIn Data Reveals What’s Stressing Out Canada’s Workforce

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 7, 2021 by itnerd

More than 18 months into the pandemic, the impact of it continues to shape how we live, work, and interact – and it seems to be taking a toll on Canada’s mental health. With Friday being World Mental Health Day, LinkedIn wanted to share the most recent Workforce Confidence Index and Workforce Report.

In the latest edition of the Workforce Confidence Index, LinkedIn looked at employment-related stress in the Canadian workforce and what stress-coping strategies they implement.

  • 60 per cent of respondents said they had recently experienced stress at work in the past month, with 5 per cent of respondents said they felt “very relaxed” about work.
  • 77 per cent of jobseekers said they were stressed about the job hunt, including 42 per cent who said they were “very stressed”.
  • 12 per cent of respondents said that challenges with working from home, such as isolation and distractions, was a source of stress.

Although 12 per cent of the surveyed group found remote working challenging, the latest edition of LinkedIn’s Workforce Report found that one in five Canadian job applications went to remote job postings in September. The report examines if remote work is the future for the Canadian workforce and highlights where remote jobs are on the rise in 15 common industries.

For the full results of the Workforce Confidence Index and the Workforce Report, visit here and here.

Workforce Confidence Index

LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index is based on a quantitative online survey that is distributed to members via email every two weeks.

Roughly 10,000+ members respond each wave, based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, India and Australia. Members are randomly sampled and must be opted into research to participate.

Students, stay-at-home partners & retirees are excluded from analysis so we’re able to get an accurate representation of those currently active in the workforce. We analyze data in aggregate and will always respect member privacy.

Data is weighted by engagement level, to ensure fair representation of various activity levels on the platform. The results represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn’s membership; variances between LinkedIn’s membership & overall market population are not accounted for.

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Workforce Report

LinkedIn analyzed hundreds of thousands of paid remote job postings in Canada posted on LinkedIn between February 2020 and September 21, 2021. Only job views and applications by members located in Canada (according to their profile) were considered. A “remote job” is defined as one where either the job poster explicitly labeled it as “remote” or if the job contained keywords like “work from home” in the listing.

Parental Control App Vulnerable To Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

Posted in Commentary on October 7, 2021 by itnerd

A researcher with cybersecurity firm Tripwire has discovered a vulnerability with popular parental control app Canopy. The app is vulnerable to a variety of cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks, according to the researcher. The attacks could range from a sneaky kid disabling the monitoring to a much more serious third-party attack delivering malware to parental users.

Yariv Shivek, VP of Product, Neosec had this about app and related vulnerabilities:

     “This attack uses cross site scripting (XSS) leading to account takeover. As a security-minded vendor (Canopy), being able to detect that certain “parents” are using the app suspiciously is a question of firstly monitoring app usage at all, and secondly – monitoring it with behavioral analytics.”

     “Of course preventing the XSS vulnerability in the first place would be better, but no security control is perfect, and that’s why security practitioners have used defense in depth from time immemorial.”

Let’s see if the makers of Canopy fixes this. If they don’t, parents should abandon this app very, very quickly.