Government of Canada Announces New National Cyber Security Strategy and the Creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Update on the Creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Number: IN18-003 - Update
Date: 26 September 2018

Purpose

To provide an update on the Government of Canada announcement of the creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

Previous Assessment

As previously communicated through CCIRC IN18-003, the Government of Canada announced as part of Budget 2018 the creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (the Cyber Centre). The Cyber Centre will consolidate the work of Public Safety Canada’s Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC), the GetCyberSafe public awareness campaign, Shared Services Canada’s Security Operations Centre and the Communications Security Establishment’s Information Technology Security branch.  The Cyber Centre will be housed within the Communications Security Establishment.

Updated Information

The Cyber Centre will officially stand up on October 1, 2018.  What this means for CCIRC and its partners:

  • On October 1, 2018, CCIRC will be transferred from Public Safety Canada to the Communications Security Establishment and become part of the Cyber Centre.  To ensure continuity of services, that transfer will include all existing functions, enabling infrastructure, and mission systems and data of CCIRC.
  • CCIRC’s products, services and partnerships will continue post October 1, as part of the work of the Cyber Centre.
  • All CCIRC inboxes, telephone numbers, and other intake mechanisms will continue to be valid and monitored post October 1.  All communications to those mechanisms will go to and be handled by the Cyber Centre.
  • Beginning in October 2018, partners can expect changes in the look and feel and the delivery mechanisms for products from what was formerly CCIRC.

Suggested Action

Partners are invited to review the new National Cyber Security Strategy and announcements regarding the creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.

We encourage all of our partners to continue working with and reporting to CCIRC, soon to be part of the new Cyber Centre, per their standard operating procedures.

More information regarding the Cyber Centre is to come in the following months.  We invite partners to reach out to us through existing mechanisms should there be any questions.

References

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2018/06/new-cyber-security-strategy-bolsters-cyber-safety-innovation-and-prosperity.html

Number: IN18-003
Date: 12 June 2018

Purpose

Government of Canada Announces New National Cyber Security Strategy and the Creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Assessment

Digital technologies and the internet are increasingly important for innovation and economic growth and strong cyber security is critical to Canada’s competitiveness, economic stability and long-term prosperity.  To that end, the National Cyber Security Strategy (the Strategy) is designed to adapt and provide the Government of Canada and its partners continued growth and prosperity in the sector even as technologies and threats evolve. 

The Strategy includes numerous initiatives, key among them being: a consolidated centre of cyber security operations, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre). The new Cyber Centre will consolidate the work of Public Safety Canada’s Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC), the GetCyberSafe public awareness campaign, Shared Services Canada’s Security Operations Centre and the Communication Security Establishment’s (CSE) Information Technology Security branch, under CSE.
Instead of several different departments, the Cyber Centre will provide a single window for expert advice and services for governments, critical infrastructure operators, the public and the private sector to strengthen their cyber security.

The Strategy also includes the announcement of a new National Cybercrime Coordination Unit under the RCMP which will provide coordination services to law enforcement to combat cybercrime.

Suggested Action

CCIRC suggests that partners review the new National Cyber Security Strategy and announcements regarding the creation of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.  At this time there is no change to the operations of CCIRC and we encourage all of our partners to continue working with and reporting to CCIRC per their standard operating procedures.  More information regarding the creation of the Cyber Centre is to come in the following months.

References:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2018/06/new-cyber-security-strategy-bolsters-cyber-safety-innovation-and-prosperity.html

Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

Please note, CCIRC PGP key has recently been updated.
http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/cbr-scrt/_fl/CCIRCPublicPGPKey.txt

For general information, please contact Public Safety Canada's Public Affairs division at:

Telephone: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118
Fax: 613-998-9589
E-mail: ps.communications-communications.sp@canada.ca

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