#CyberFLASH: Mounties to benefit from latest round of federal cybersecurity funding

images-122OTTAWA – An RCMP investigative team to combat high-priority cybercrime is among the initiatives that will benefit from more than $142 million in federal cybersecurity spending.

Public Safety Canada says the Mounties’ ability to detect and fight online crime will also get a boost through better training, technical support and intelligence capacity.

In addition, the department says the new money will go towards securing essential computer systems outside of the government.

The federally run Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre will develop real-time automated feeds, providing the private sector with additional — and more prompt — threat information.

The latest money is in addition to more than $94 million in cybersecurity funding announced in the April federal budget.

It comes as the government grapples with denial-of-service attacks that have taken the websites of several federal agencies temporarily offline.

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#CyberFLASH: Harper Government takes action to protect cyber systems in Canada

1297516661469_ORIGINALToday, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, was joined by the President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Honourable John Manley, to announce significant investments to advance Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy.

The threat of cybercrime is one with serious implications for the security of Canadians and our economy. This new funding will be used to better protect essential cyber systems outside of the Federal Government by enhancing collaboration with the private and critical infrastructure sectors. This includes a greater capacity for the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) to respond to, and mitigate, cyber incidents in the private sector.

This investment will also be used to develop policing expertise to detect and disrupt cybercrime activities through dedicated resources and training.

Quick Facts

  • This funding of $142.6 million is in addition to the $94.4 million for cyber security identified in Economic Action Plan 2015, making the total investment for cyber security over the next five years $237 million.
  • Launched in 2010, Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy is built on three pillars:
    • securing government systems;
    • partnering to secure vital cyber systems outside the Federal Government; and
    • helping Canadians to be secure online.
  • In 2013, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received over 16,000 complaints of cyber-related fraud (email and website scams), accounting for more than $29 million in reported losses.

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Secret Memo Warns That Canada Cyber Threat Is Growing

CANADA   Cyber attacks pose a greater risk to Canada’s economic prosperity than the government previously believed and the country lacks the tools to fight hackers, officials warn in internal documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

All new knowledge obtained indicates the problem is more widespread than previously thought,” said a “secret”-stamped memo to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews from his deputy minister, obtained under Canada’s freedom-of-information law.

Canada is trying to bolster its defenses as countries deploy increasingly advanced technology to disrupt their enemies’ networks and gain access to trade secrets. Some of Canada’s biggest companies, such as Potash Corp. (POT) of Saskatchewan Inc. and Nortel Networks Corp., have been targeted.

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GoC Launches Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy

CANADA — Today, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, launched a strategy that will enhance protection from cyber threats for Canadian governments, industries and families from coast to coast to coast. Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy delivers on the Government’s 2010 Speech from the Throne commitment to boost Canada’s cyberspace against the growing threat of cyber crimes.

Read more by Benzinga dated October 3, 2010, here.

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