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Why Canada needs a cyber security foreign policy

By Paul Meyer      

It could guide our efforts to influence the development of international policy on cyberspace and help set norms for responsible state conduct.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, left, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announce a new national cyber security strategy on June 12. The Canadian government has long promised a cyber security foreign policy to guide Canada's efforts to influence the development of international policy on cyberspace, but the plan released June 12 takes a broader view. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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War or peace in cyberspace? This basic question was the theme of a recent gathering of cyber security experts held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ont. Unlike many such meetings, the focus was on international policy and the status to be accorded this vital, if vulnerable, environment. There has been a steady “militarization” of cyberspace in recent years, with states moving from an exclusive focus on cyber defence to an open acknowledgement of offensive

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