On August 16, 2016, Public Safety Canada (“PSC”) issued a consultation paper, launching a public consultation as part of PSC’s development of an updated national cybersecurity strategy (the “Consultation Paper”). The consultation will close on October 15, 2016. Business may want to consider making submissions in respect of some key questions posed around possible regulation or standard-setting regarding Internet of Things and connected devices, certification for E-commerce activities, and information sharing (especially in respect of critical infrastructure).
In 2010, PSC released the first Canadian national cyber security strategy – “Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy” (the “2010 Strategy”). The 2010 Strategy provided, for the first time, a governmental overview of cybersecurity threats to Canadian businesses, citizens, infrastructure and governmental agencies. The 2010 Strategy described the priorities of the Government of Canada in its efforts to secure against cyber threats and to develop cybersecurity technology.