#CyberFLASH: Canada – Aggressive defence needed against cyber threats, expert says


OTTAWA — Canada must aggressively deploy its spies and other intelligence capabilities against accelerating cyber threats to the country’s vital digital infrastructure, says a leading expert.

Angela Gendron, writing in the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, delivers a meaty 11,000-word assessment of the risks and dangers that digital technologies have wrought for the country’s critical infrastructure, from the machinery of government to public utilities, communications, transportation, energy and finance.

Those sectors and systems, once largely reliant on physical defences and geography for protection, are now heavily interconnected, networked and cyber-dependent. Everything from just-in-time supply chains to our water and money supplies are vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks, whether by foreign states, cyber jihadists, criminals or hackers.

With an estimated 60,000 malware variants launched virtually every day, the threat is beginning to rival that of Islamic terrorism, say Gendron and others.

Even though the current priority in Canada is international terrorism, there are growing concerns about the cyber-instrumented attacks attributed to government-backed hackers from China and Russia,” writes the senior fellow at Carleton University’s Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies.

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