#CyberFLASH: A roadmap for protecting Canadians against cyber crime

for-story-by-vito-pilieci-slugged-9999-cybercrimeon-microsofThree components will be considered in the review: securing government systems, partnering to secure vital cyber systems outside the federal government and helping Canadians to be secure online. Considering that information technologies and the Internet provide criminals with innovative and highly sophisticated ways to commit a plethora of new crimes — and old crime in new ways — the government review should be broadened to determine whether or not law enforcement agencies have the necessary tools to detect, deter, investigate and prosecute cyber criminals.

In 2014, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre received more than 14,000 complaints of cyber-related fraud for more than $45 million in reported losses. During the same year, the RCMP National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre received nearly 8,500 reported incidents concerning online child sexual exploitation.

These statistics only provide a partial picture of the magnitude of the problem.

Furthermore, individuals or organizations that are victimized by cyberattacks and crimes do not always report them. The fear of reporting is sometimes predicated upon loss of reputation and may create perceived vulnerabilities toward liabilities for companies that might have seen customers’ data compromised. Additionally, individuals may choose not to report a crime because of a lack of knowledge and confidence that the perpetrator who operated in the virtual world will be apprehended.

Police reporting of statistics is also problematic because it does not separate fraud by cyber vector from fraud generally, so there is a lack of statistics on reported cyber-facilitated crime rates.

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