Cyber Security in Canada: Renewing Our Approach

Recognizing that digital technology plays a central role in the everyday lives of Canadians and that it can have far-reaching security, economic and social impacts, the Government of Canada undertook a Cyber Review in 2016-18 to review the measures to protect critical infrastructure and Canadians from cyber threats. As part of this review, a public consultation on cyber security was completed. The National Cyber Security Strategy, issued in 2018, was based in part on the results of the Cyber Review.

The Public Consultation

The consultation on cyber security was held from August 16 to October 15, 2016, and gathered feedback from Canadian citizens, experts, academics, business leaders, and other levels of governments. Throughout the consultation, three ideas were consistently raised as being important and relevant to cyber security in Canada: privacy, collaboration, and using skilled cyber security personnel. Across the full range of consultation topics, participants stressed the need to uphold all Canadians' privacy rights, the need for stakeholders to collaborate with one another (i.e., governments, private sector, law enforcement, academia, non-profit organizations), and the need to rely on cyber security experts. In addition, recommendations on specific areas for action and proposed ways forward were also expressed. Read the full report on the public consultations.

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