Consultation on Cyber Security
What is cyber security?
Cyber security is the protection of digital information and the infrastructure on which it resides. Cyber security addresses the challenges and threats of cyberspace in order to secure the benefits and opportunities of digital life.
Why are we seeking your views?
The Canadian cyber security environment is evolving. Rapid changes to digital technology can have far-reaching security, economic and social impacts. Recognizing that digital technology plays a central role in the everyday lives of Canadians, the Government of Canada would like to hear your views on this issue and how we can capitalize on the opportunities that come with new technologies.
Please provide your feedback on any or all of the topics below.
Evolution of the cyber threat
The growth of the internet, digital networks and use of mobile devices by individuals, governments and businesses has been matched by the growth of threats in cyberspace. Cyber capabilities that were once rare and expensive have become commonplace and affordable. As a result, a growing number of nation-states are attempting to establish their presence in the cyber domain. Non-state actors are also developing cyber capabilities, and while they often lack the sophistication and resources of nation-states, they can nevertheless be effective in conducting malicious cyber operations and in committing cybercrimes. To complicate matters further, unlike in the physical world, it is challenging to identify the origin and purpose of cyber attacks. These factors contribute to a growing cyber threat facing Canada.
Increasing economic significance of cyber security
Digital technologies and the internet are increasingly important enablers of innovation and economic growth. At the same time, cyber security can improve Canada's competitiveness, economic stability, and long-term prosperity. There is an opportunity for Canada to carve out a competitive advantage in cyber security and create a robust, secure, leading-edge digital economy.
Expanding frontiers of cyber security
Since Canada's Cyber Security Strategy launched in 2010, emerging technologies have played a significant role in changing the digital landscape. In this new reality, cyber security must evolve at the same rate as new technologies. Canada must be positioned to maintain an agile and adaptive cyber security posture as it pursues new opportunities and develops and adopts key technologies and capabilities.
Canada's way forward on cyber security
The digital revolution has fundamentally changed Canada's social, economic, and cultural fabric. Canada's participation in digital life has generated immense prosperity and benefits, and has opened a new gateway to the world. At the same time, it has continued to bring the world to us in new and challenging ways, and introduced threats that could undercut the many benefits of the digital age. Canada's renewed approach to cyber security must respond to this set of complex, integrated issues.
For more information on other ways to provide feedback please visit the Consultation on Cyber Security webpage.
Please note that participation in this consultation – in whole or in part – is voluntary. Acceptance or refusal to participate will in no way affect any relationship with the Government of Canada or with any of its organizations. The information provided during this engagement initiative can be subject to access to information and privacy requests and will be administered in accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act.
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