Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy Gets $155M Boost

The Federal government said it plans to strengthen Canada’s efforts to achieve a secure, stable, and resilient digital infrastructure.

Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews said: “Canadians and Canadian businesses want to know that the private information they entrust to government will stay private. Today’s announcement further secures government systems that deliver services to all Canadians and complements additional efforts under Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy to protect Canadians from cyber threats.”

To help identify and thwart cyber threats and vulnerabilities, as well as responding faster to cyber-incidents, the Government of Canada is investing an additional $155 million over five years.

This builds on the existing pledge of $108 million announced previously.

The government noted that part of the investment to protect, secure, and improve the existing infrastructure will be spent on the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC), which shares the responsibility for Internet security measures and support.

Analysis from Websense indicates that Canada has experienced a 39 percent increase in botnets, and a whopping 239 percent increase in malicious websites over the past year. Furthermore, Websense reports that Canada is now the number two country for hosting phishing sites.

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