Canadian Cyber Security: Challenges & Solutions

Canadian firms developing cyber security substantially commenced their contribution to both cyber research and infrastructure and to the Canadian economy. Canada is a world leader unraveling many breakthroughs in cyber security research and development. The role of the Canadian government rises to support advanced cyber research and cyber infrastructure companies to expand, develop and promote cyber security technologies and most recent services throughout the world.

The past years have revealed that one of the most important cyber security challenges represents the soaring of cyber threats, attacks and crimes, targeting sensitive economy sectors, destroying assets of companies and of the country, and disrupting vital services.

Other difficulties involved in building a secure and safe digital infrastructure have been detected:

  • Understanding the paradigm shift that the new information systems infrastructure requires both security and privacy.
  • Accepting a central point call upon attacks or attempts to threat, attack and compromise of cyber systems and supporting the Canadian law enforcement to easier investigate cyber crimes while centralizing all their resources related to cyber crime investigation and response.

Given these challenges the Canadian strategy for cyber security proposes functional solutions related to building, maintaining and improving digital infrastructure which include the new security and safety features. Some of the proposed solutions have already started implementation:

  • Establish collaboration between partners and between them and the government to enhance cyber security infrastructure capabilities
  • Aim at boosting systems users’ protection by adequately and timely response to rising cyber threats, the government promotes the law enforcement agencies coordination with all levels of government and international partners. Creating essential infrastructure, persons and companies would be able to report cyber crime faster and easier through a central organization.
  • The Government would make resources available for the Canadians to acquire new skills to contribute to the research and development of the cyber infrastructure and to protect their privacy and security while accessing the information networks
  • Acknowledging that smaller organizations do not possess resources and know-how to develop and implement cyber protected systems, the government will contribute to developing, implementing and maintaining such networks for these organizations considered as a competitive advantage where privacy protection becomes more accessible.

Other relevant solutions include the support and active participation of the government to help define specific requirements for digital security to apply cutting-edge cyber capabilities thus thoroughly protecting critical national networks, deter cyber threats, and disruptions of essential networks which support services such as communication, financial, electricity distribution.

Implementing the advanced proper solutions the Government of Canada protects critical systems, both private and public, maintains and upgrades cyber security in all federal departments, agencies and organizations with the main goal to defend the Canadians’ privacy, their confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information. The availability of the critical cyber services for Canadians will contribute $1.7 billion to Canada’s GDP. The number of skilled jobs related to cyber security will soar to over 11,000 and these figures are in the picture for the overall boost of the global cyber security industry which is estimated to grow 66% reaching 2021.


Cory Popescu