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Canada’s aging cyber-security strategy needs update

By Senator Mobina Jaffer      

•Our national cyber-security strategy has not changed for seven years, despite the fact the threat of cyber-attacks has dramatically evolved since then.•Over the course of this summer, two of the most devastating cyber-attacks in a decade have taken place: the WannaCry and Petya attacks. Between these two cyber-attacks, critical services like the U.K.’s National Health Service, Russia’s interior ministry, and Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system were all held for ransom by hackers.•Despite the imminent threat that cyber-attacks pose to our critical infrastructure, Canada is lagging behind its allies in cyber-security. In fact, our national cyber-security strategy has not changed for seven years, despite the fact that the threat of cyber-attacks has dramatically evolved since then. As a result, Canada has become incredibly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Electricity grids are among the things vulnerable as the federal government stalls in modernizing its cyber-security strategy.
The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

The time for Canada to renew its cyber-security policy is long overdue. But despite the completion of Public Safety Canada’s months-long public consultation process on cyber-security in January, the government is still yet to act. Over the course of this summer, two of the most devastating cyber-attacks in a decade have taken place: the WannaCry and Petya attacks. Between these two cyber-attacks, critical services like the U.K.’s National Health Service, Russia’s interior ministry, and Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system

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