Canada's political leadership must get more engaged and serious about Canadian cybersecurity, now.Canadians are more worried about falling victim to a cyber-attack than just about anything else, including COVID and climate change, according to the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer. And who can blame them? Cyber criminals have successfully, and repeatedly, targeted our critical infrastructure including our hospitals , schools, transit systems, and local and federal governments causing significant disruption to essential services.Not only were essential services exponentially disrupted, but these attacks resulted in the harmful exposure and at times irreversible loss of sensitive data that includes health information, vital intellectual property, and highly personal information about our finances — and even our children. The federal government's chief of Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Shelly Bruce has gone on record stating that cybercrime is the “most prevalent, most pervasive threat to Canadians and Canadian businesses.” What more needs to happen to prompt government to get serious about cybersecurity?These sorts of attacks have been escalating over the past few years, and the vast majority of Canadians are calling for urgent action to secure Canada's public and private IT systems. According to a recent Angus Reid Institute survey, 92 percent of Canadians say the federal government needs to prioritize investments in cybersecurity.As members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Cyber. Right. Now. campaign, we urge the Government of Canada to raise the bar on cybersecurity in the 2022 federal budget by undertaking the following three actions to ensure that our infrastructure is resilient to cyber-attacks and that our economy can continue to grow as one of the world's most innovative, vibrant and secure places to do business.
- Secure critical infrastructure, supply chains, and businesses of all sizes from cyber threats by investing in cybersecurity on par with our G7 peers;
- Grow the economy by accelerating the commercialization of cybersecurity innovation in Canada and with our trading partners; and
- Bolster Canada's cybersecurity workforce by investing in cybersecurity education, talent development, retention and programs that diversify and expand the cyber workforce.