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 has undertaken a review of measures to protect critical infrastructure and Canadians from cyber threats. As part of this review, a public consultation on cyber security was recently completed.

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..

Next Steps

The cyber security review is still ongoing. The information gathered from internal and external stakeholder consultations, including the evaluation findings, will inform Government of Canada's policy and program decisions to advance Canada's way forward to better overall cyber security. A renewed approach to cyber security will be developed with the objective to maximize the benefits of digital life for Canadian citizens and businesses; carve out Canada's competitive advantage; and foster a new generation of Canadian cyber talent.

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