#CyberFLASH: Canada’s Defense Minister Talks Fighting the Islamic State, Arming the Kurds, and Cyber Warfare

leaked_data_focus_455234Canada’s three main political leaders are taking the stage tonight to try and flay each other’s plans on global security, military engagement, and international diplomacy.

One issue that has seen less attention on the campaign trail is the increasingly serious threat from state-sponsored cyber attacks, especially from China and Iran.

News has emerged in recent years that Canadian systems are under heavy fire from hackers, external and internal, and that they may have compromised government systems more than once.

But the main issue on the docket for Monday night’s debate, held at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, will be the fight against the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIL).

Both the centre-left Liberals and the upstart left-wing New Democratic Party have come out hard against Canada’s contribution to the fight. The governing, centre-right Conservative Party brought Canada into the mission and is damned if it’s going to withdraw before the job is done.

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