#CyberFLASH: Trudeau government putting new emphasis on cybersecurity


typing-image-genericThe neglected federal cybersecurity file made a surprising appearance in several of the ministerial mandate letters publicly released last week, buried under hot-topic campaign promises like the Syrian refugee project and the legalization of marijuana.

Observers say it’s a good sign that Canada is starting to take the threat of cybercrime more seriously.

“There’s a lack of a strategy and a lack of clarity of who in the government is responsible for what,” said former CSIS assistant director of intelligence Ray Boisvert, who has criticized the Canadian government in the past for not doing enough to protect Canada’s critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.

“We (Canada) are a little complacent and in a sort of ‘stand by and watch others’ mode — which I think is globally a problem — and unlike other defence issues there’s no hiding under the U.S. umbrella, because cyber touches everyone, everywhere,” said Boisvert. “There are no walls or barriers of isolation for Canada, no hiding behind our three oceans.”

The planned review of cybersecurity, which covers seven federal departments, will assess Canada’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats. There’s no word yet on when the review might take place or how much it might cost.

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