“The government’s cyber security review is an opportunity to build Canadian strength and expertise,” said the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country. We need to get really good at cyber security – across our personal, business, infrastructure and government sectors – so we can take full advantage of the digital economy, while protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and selling our valuable cyber skills and products into a booming market throughout the rest of the world.”
Public Safety Canada will be conducting the consultation by engaging with stakeholders and Canadians at the forefront of cyber security trends and challenges.
The review will also see the development of new initiatives, designed to build Canadian resiliency, capability and innovation in the face of cyber threats. Topics include:
• The Evolution of the Cyber Threat;
• The Increasing Economic Significance of Cyber Security;
• The Expanding Frontiers of Cyber Security; and
• Canada’s Way Forward on Cyber Security.
The review comes at a critical time. Canada is one of the most tech-heavy countries in the world, with more computers per capita than any other country (roughly 129 devices per 100 people). This technology can drive growth or hinder it – and with 70 per cent of Canadian businesses suffering as victims of cyber-attacks, the latter is an all too close reality.
How Canada reacts to the threats of the digital economy will determine the country’s prosperity on a global scale.
“The digital economy increasingly shapes and drives the broader economy,” explained the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “For Canadians to prosper and be confident digital innovators, they need to know that the networks that enable their efforts and safeguard their assets and information are secure.”
Already, the initiative is tapping into the industry’s employment trends. By 2020, experts estimate that the global market for cybersecurity products and services will rise to over $170 billion.
In order to take advantage of these trends, the Government is urging Canadians to engage as fully as possible with the initiative. The benefits, they explain, will be reaped across all industries and industry sectors.
“I am committed to making Canada a global centre for innovation – one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of Canadians,” said Bains. “That’s why I am pleased to support Public Safety Canada in this important cyber security consultation.”
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