Published October 18, 2012 | 11:23 am
Ottawa: The federal government is more than doubling its spending on building up its cyber security abilities,saying that it will spend $155 million over five years to reinforce its digital infrastructure.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews feels that Canada’s cyber security is at risk and we need to beef up defences. Toews announced money would be spend to shore up the government’s IT infrastructure and improve its capability to track and stop cyber attacks. In a press release, the government said the funds would “enhance the capacity of the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre.”
The pledge comes amid increased concerns about Canadian cybersecurity after a U.S. Congressional report warned that two Chinese telecommunications companies pose a security threat to the U.S. and should be barred from U.S. contracts and acquisitions.
While the U.S. and other countries have publicly called out Chinese-owned firms as being among the dangers, Vic Toews said he sees no reason to name anyone.He says the government knows who they are. But he won’t name them.
Minister Vic Toews also says he’s not interested in speeding up the arming of border guards, despite the shooting this week that sent a guard at a B.C. crossing to hospital with a gunshot wound.