Telvent client alerted feds to hack at energy company, documents suggest


OTTAWA — A Canadian energy technology company, whose systems help run pipelines around North America, acted “in an extremely responsible manner” after it was hacked over the summer, even though it didn’t tell Canadian authorities about the intrusion.

Instead, a client of Telvent alerted Canadian officials about the successful cyber intrusion about two weeks after the company’s clients were first notified.

In briefing material prepared for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the government was ready to argue this point if pressed by opposition parties in the Commons, with a prepared response for Toews reading that the federal response to the Telvent hack was an example of the system working as it should.

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Tories finalize cyber security plan


OTTAWA — A crucial — and missing — piece in the government’s strategy to keep its systems and information safe from cyber-attacks has been circulated to federal departments and will be released by mid-June — eight months after a scathing report from the federal auditor general.

That report found the government’s cyber security strategy was missing an action plan that lays out who was to do what in the event of a digital attack or breach, as well as set goals that could be used to measure how far the government has come in its cyber-security goals.

In late February, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was told that the plan was finished and approved by assistant deputy ministers in at least seven government departments.

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Federal government kills Internet-snooping bill


OTTAWA — Almost one year after introducing its controversial Internet-surveillance bill, the federal government has conceded the legislation is officially dead due to public outrage.

Shortly after tabling new legislation that incorporates some of the less contentious elements of Bill C-30 related to emergency wiretaps, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson admitted Monday that the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act will not proceed.

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Minister Toews Highlights Cyber Security at 2012 Halifax International Security Forum

HALIFAX – Today, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews underscored the Government of Canada’s commitment to cyber security at the 2012 Halifax International Security Forum, an annual forum that brings together international leaders in the area of security and defence to discuss global security challenges.

Minister Toews highlighted the Government of Canada’s ongoing work with allies to defend against shared threats and strengthen the vital cyber systems that underpin Canada’s national security, public safety and economic prosperity.

“Canada and many others continue to search for the best way to secure our networks while still benefiting from the innovation and growth made possible by cyberspace,” said Minister Toews. “Through Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy, the Government of Canada is working to find this balance by engaging the private sector, national and international partners, and ordinary Canadians, with a goal to create a robust cyberspace that is both secure and prosperous for all.”

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Media Advisory: Minister Toews to Make Announcement Related to Cyber Security Awareness

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, will launch Cyber Security Awareness Month. He will be joined by Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance and Michael Eisen, Chief Legal Officer for Microsoft Canada.

Media availability will follow.

Media who wish to attend must register on site by 1:45 p.m. Parking for Media is available in the Events parking lot. Please enter the building through the Events entrance.

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Public Safety Shuffle Could Allow for an Internet Surveillance Restart

Sometime in the next few weeks, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is expected to be appointed to the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The Toews appointment is among the worst kept secrets in Ottawa, with the move causing a domino effect that will lead to a new minister and an opportunity for a fresh start on Internet surveillance legislation, one of the government’s biggest political blunders to date.

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Canada suffers from poor cyber security, says memo

Canada’s cyber security risks are greater than the government believes, according to internal documents. The country faces economic risks from hackers that it lacks the tools to combat, according to the document.

An August 2011 memo to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews from William Baker, his deputy minister at the time, was obtained under Canada’s access to information laws. The document warns that poor cyber security in Canada is affecting national security, public safety and economic prosperity. Intellectual property theft was highlighted as a particular threat.

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BCIT warns medical database security breached

BCIT has issued a warning to students and staff after one of its computers servers containing the personal medical records of more than 12,680 students was hacked.

The Vancouver-area post-secondary school says a regular security audit determined an unauthorized third party accessed the server used by the school’s Burnaby Student Health Services Medical Clinic.

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