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Canadian cyber security threats are very real: Queen's University expert

2012-10-25

Queen’s University cyber security expert David Skillicorn is available to comment on Vic Toews announcing this morning an additional $155 million in cyber security funding. The funding is to ensure Canada has secure, stable and resilient information technology infrastructure.

“The federal government is to be applauded for committing more money to cyber security - the statements by U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta about a cyber Pearl Harbor are by no means overblown, and the threats are very real,” says Dr. Skillicorn.

“While putting more money into the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre is a good idea, its mission is primarily tactical. Canada's primary weakness is in the area of cyber security strategy - who's thinking about the cyber security landscape in the medium term. Questions such as, for example, whether Hua Wei should be allowed access to Canada needs technical, political and intelligence input to answer wisely. This hasn't been working, and it's not clear that money alone is the answer.”

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