#CyberFLASH: Cyber security review still in early days, Public Security officials tell Senate

ralph-goodale.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxSpeaking before a Senate committee on national defence Monday, Monik Beauregard said that the department is under a tight timeline to review its efforts and get a report to cabinet.

But Beauregard said the department is still trying to figure out how wide or narrow the review will be.

“At this point, we’re all looking at the scope of the reviews and thinking about how to carry it out,” Beauregard told senators Monday evening.

In his mandate from the prime minister, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was asked to lead the review into critical infrastructure protection, in co-ordination with five of his cabinet colleagues.

“Critical infrastructure” has a broad definition, but is typically thought of as systems, networks, facilities and assets essential to public safety, national security, and economic interests of Canada. That includes everything from bridges to roads, but also data centres, financial networks, and natural resources projects.

The new Liberal administration promised to revisit a number of controversial public safety measures introduced by the previous Conservative government, including plans to protect those pieces of critical infrastructure.

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