#CyberFLASH: Cyber security a non-stop headache for federal government, conference hears

1029 GTECEvery successful cyber attack on government networks last year could have been avoided if federal computers had been properly patched and were up to date with the latest available software, says one of the people charged with defending Canada against hackers.

Scott Jones, the director general of cyber defence at the Communications Security Establishment Canada, took to the stage Wednesday at the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference in Ottawa.

He said the stories everyone has heard of hackers getting more and more sophisticated in the way they worm their way into government systems are all true. However, he said, one of the biggest issues facing government, and other organizations, remains keeping up with updates to their computing infrastructure.

Among the challenges Jones faces with the Government of Canada systems is in testing software patches before they are rolled out. It could lead to entire networks being pulled off-line until a vulnerability can be addressed in a secure fashion, he said.

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