Canadian Cyber Security: The Need For The Strategy

Along with technological developments, new concepts and paradigm shifts, it becomes imperative to enhance the Canadian cyber security infrastructure.

Recognizing the threat that cyber attack present to the national infrastructure, and that for the past three years the cyber attacks on the government networks increased despite the decrease in overall cyber attacks in the Canadian infrastructure, the Government of Canada strategy in the cyber security field is described by the following actions:

Increase security of the Government systems: prevent, detect, respond and recover from internet cyber attacks

Grow the number of partnerships with key players of Canadian critical infrastructure, provincial and local governments, and the private sector. The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) has been established and increased their coverage to over 1300 organizations for immediate alerts

Increase the awareness among all users of Canadian internet infrastructure helping them to experience a secure presence online and offering increased support to RCMP and law enforcement agencies to fight crime over the internet networks by creating and growing resources available for training, investigations and cybercrime intelligence.

With the increasing demand for safer online transactions from finance, communications, and other vital sectors, and with the appearance and growing use of the cloud, security over the internet it’s not only available for the sake of entertainment and we can no longer take it for granted.

Responding to cyber threats, acknowledging that more collaboration is desired and necessary along with the emerging opportunity of higher efficiency for using the internet, the National Cyber Security Strategy submits three goals to act upon:

  • Create effective leadership and cooperate to accomplish the goals
  • Establish a novel, adaptive, and efficient cyber ecosystem
  • Create a secure, robust and resilient cyber security national systems

Upon releasing these goals, the government strategies are met with comprehensive insights and feedback from the cyber community, its experts, and business leaders. On the same token, government officials, academic members, law enforcement and interested and dedicated citizens.

The review presents three important directions:

Currently, there is a shortage of cyber security expertise which hinders organizations to fulfill their ambitious plans integrating to the national cyber security strategy. Improved skills, knowledge, and qualifications are required in the field of cyber security to succeed in the implementation of the strategy.

Organizations require strong guidance, and advice with reliable focus from the federal leadership, partners, on cyber security, stakeholders require collaboration to generate efficient investments, secured sharing, protect users’ rights while receiving clarifications regarding the requirements and expectations for an improved cyber infrastructure

Canadians recognize that law enforcement organizations can play a major role in safeguarding the personal information, the privacy across networks, being aware of the concerns which come with cyber threats and breaches and show support to these organizations to overcome current and foreseeable security threats across the internet and all networks.

These prepare us to move towards implementing the Strategy for  Canada’s cyber security

Author: Cory Popescu