From: IT World Canada
Cybersecurity and accountability should be a greater business priority, conference told
IT security experts often focus on hunting down malware makers and vulnerabilities in organizations, while government privacy commissioners work separately at protecting personal data.
Sometimes it seems they have conflicting goals.
But the federal privacy commissioner has told a Montreal security conference that its time the two groups worked closer.
“It is imperative that cyber security specialists and data protection authorities like the OPC, (Office of the Privacy Commissioner) work even more closely together to improve the defences in the private sector, and ensure privacy protection is a guiding principle in cyber security efforts,” Jennifer Stoddart told a meeting of the Messaging Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group on Wednesday.
Exchanging knowledge and honing of best practices “is essential for more effective cyber security,” she said in prepared remarks released to the media. “Better cyber security is a prerequisite for effective privacy protection,” she added.
As an example, she said, her office and the Dutch Data Protection Authority collaborated last year on a joint investigation of WhatsApp, a mobile app developer based in California with hundreds of millions of customers worldwide, because it contravened privacy laws both in Canada and in the Netherlands. The company agreed to improve its privacy protection.