Computer equipment firms seen as potential cyber threat to federal government

OTTAWA—The government fears nefarious firms seeking to sell computer hardware for a massive network overhaul could leave Canada vulnerable to hackers, spies and other cyber threats.

So the federal Public Works department is warning suppliers it will impose top-level security restrictions on companies competing to provide the cables, servers, switches, circuits and other equipment it needs to create a single government-wide e-mail system and turn more than 300 disparate data centres into less than two dozen.

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