Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy

Strategies and Action Plans

The National Cyber Security Strategy is a framework designed to guide the Government of Canada in protecting citizens and organizations from cyber threats. The strategy includes partnerships with owners and operators of Canada’s critical infrastructure, the private sector, and provincial and territorial governments. National Cyber Security Action Plan (2019-2024) supplements this strategy.

This strategy outlines Canada’s vision for security and prosperity in the digital age. It emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity and outlines the scope and implementation of the strategy.

The strategy aims to:

  • Encourage cybersecurity for business, economic growth, and prosperity.
  • Collaborate and support coordination across jurisdictions and sectors to strengthen Canada’s cyber resilience.
  • Proactively adapt to changes in the cybersecurity landscape and the emergence of new technology.

Executive Summary:

The document highlights Canada’s evolving role in the digital world, emphasizing the transformative impact of digital technologies on daily life. It acknowledges the potential for ongoing innovation and its benefits to communities and society.

The Importance of Cyber Security:

While celebrating digital advancements, the document also underscores the vulnerability to cyber threats. It mentions the activities of cybercriminals and malicious actors and the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect personal information, intellectual property, and essential infrastructure.

The Vision of the National Cyber Security Strategy:

The government envisions a future where Canadians actively contribute to the nation’s cyber resilience. This vision rests on three themes: Security and Resilience, Cyber Innovation, and Leadership and Collaboration. It aims to enhance cybersecurity capabilities, promote innovation, and strengthen partnerships with provinces, territories, and the private sector.

Scope of the Strategy:

The strategy encompasses existing efforts to protect government systems, critical infrastructure, and online safety. It acknowledges the evolving cybersecurity landscape, necessitating a more comprehensive approach to address new challenges and opportunities.

Implementing the Strategy:

Recognizing the rapid pace of technological change, the strategy serves as a foundation for ongoing cybersecurity efforts. Action plans with clear metrics will complement it, detailing specific initiatives and collaboration with partners. It aligns with other cyber-related government initiatives, such as electoral process defense, international cyber policy, military cyber use, and the Innovation and Skills Plan.