Cyber-security centre staffing numbers jump

OTTAWA — The federal agency charged with monitoring and assessing threats to IT infrastructure in Canada will get a 300 per cent bump in bodies now that it is scheduled to expand its business hours.

Public Safety Canada says part of $13.4 million spending at the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre over the next five years will be used to raise the number of workers to 30 from the seven that are on the roster. That increase of 23 bodies will be needed to help the centre expand its operations to 15 hours a day, seven days a week, from bankers’ hours, Monday to Friday. A worker has been on call outside of business hours.

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