Harper Government takes action to protect cyber systems in Canada

New funding will advance Canada's Cyber Security Strategy and protect essential cyber systems

OTTAWA, July 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, was joined by the President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the Honourable John Manley, to announce significant investments to advance Canada's Cyber Security Strategy.

The threat of cybercrime is one with serious implications for the security of Canadians and our economy. This new funding will be used to better protect essential cyber systems outside of the Federal Government by enhancing collaboration with the private and critical infrastructure sectors. This includes a greater capacity for the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) to respond to, and mitigate, cyber incidents in the private sector.

This investment will also be used to develop policing expertise to detect and disrupt cybercrime activities through dedicated resources and training.  

Quick Facts

  • This funding of $142.6 million is in addition to the $94.4 million for cyber security identified in Economic Action Plan 2015, making the total investment for cyber security over the next five years $237 million
  • Launched in 2010, Canada's Cyber Security Strategy is built on three pillars:
    • securing government systems;
    • partnering to secure vital cyber systems outside the Federal Government; and
    • helping Canadians to be secure online.
  • In 2013, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) received over 16,000 complaints of cyber-related fraud (email and website scams), accounting for more than $29 million in reported losses.[1]


"As long as our digital infrastructure continues to evolve, there will always be those who try to exploit vulnerabilities to undermine Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. Collaboration and information-sharing with critical infrastructure sectors and private sector partners is our best defence to protect our essential cyber systems."

- Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"Cyber security is a shared responsibility, so I am pleased about this important step forward to enhance our collaboration with the Federal Government on this important issue. These advancements to the Strategy will ensure our essential systems have the latest threat information, as well as help us to continue to build on each other's strengths."

- The Honourable John Manley, Co-Chair of the CEO Advisory Committee on Cyber Security and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives

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[1] Cybercrime: an overview of incidents and issues in Canada (2014)


SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Jeremy Laurin, A/Director of Communications, Office of Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-991-2924; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, media@sp-ps.gc.ca


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