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Trudeau government highlights need to improve Canada's cyber security

Last Updated Oct 31, 2017 at 9:02 am PST

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Summary

Public safety minister says government has to stay one step ahead in a race to protect vital systems

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – As the plot thickens over suspected Russian interference in the US election, our federal government is underlining the need to beef up cyber security here in Canada.

Be it election interference or corporate espionage, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government has to try to stay one step ahead in this race to protect our vital systems.

“In an inter-connected world and an inter-connected society and economy, you are only as strong as your weakest link,” he says.

Goodale says the government is currently updating its cyber security strategy, and work being done with Elections Canada to protect our democratic systems.

“We can make ourselves less vulnerable to political or electoral hacking.”

Goodale says threats can come from anywhere. “[It comes] from organized crime, it comes from rogue states, it comes from foreign militaries, it comes from geeks in the basement.”

“They’re trying to probe government systems, commercial systems, [and] infrastructure systems,” he adds.

The government’s new cyber security strategy is expected to be released in the weeks ahead.