Feds spend $90M over 5 years to protect cyberspace

The federal government has launched its cyber-security strategy, which will cost $90 million over five years.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews and Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis announced the launch Sunday at Ottawa Hydro as part of October’s Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“The Internet has become an invaluable tool for Canadian families, businesses and governments,” Toews said. “(But) increasingly cyberspace is being used and exploited by those who do us harm. It is being used by organized criminal groups who engage in identity theft, money laundering and extortion … Terrorists are using it to further their nefarious aims. These are worldwide problems, and Canadians are not immune.”  Read More…

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  1. Jos Pfeifle

    And yet, these cyber security firms depend on these never ending attacks to make money off it. So their desire to keep our privacy safe at all times is not what they want. Their hope is that it endlessly stays insecure so they can continue to profit. So ways to keep us protected will always be less than perfect so we can be more inticed to get the next paid security update. Welcome to capitalism 101.

  2. Tyrique S.

    I think most security vulnerabilities arise from intercommunication exchanges with those they trust. So interactions on facebook, or through email are the best (and yes, worst) ways to get hit hard.

  3. Juwan Fluker

    I still can’t figure out how people get so infected? What exactly are people doing?

  4. Phoenix Boyd

    Yes, the likes of viruses, spyware, malware and their ill have caused mass disaster on the home front. I think the biggest requirement is for people to be better informed on what they should and shouldnt be doing while traversing the net.

    And also making sure to take precautions such as running antivirus, antimalware apps once a month to keep their systems well protected.

  5. Tavion

    Vic Toews is a hack. He was a weak execute minister in the Gary Filmon government and now i see he is party of this public safety hoopla under Harper. So which big businesses will be making money off this free giveaway?

  6. Casey

    Maybe the fed will be best served to give me the $90M and i can tell them the obvious — secure your damn firewalls better.

  7. Ronald Quinn

    I am always amazed how people can be so swamped with malware that they are left perplexed on what to do next. Dude, stop visiting pr0n sites.

  8. Shad V

    The biggest issue is ignorance. Most consumers don’t fully know their computers are vulnerable to all kinds of threats.

    So when they open an email claiming to be from a friend with an executable file they are making their system vulnerable.

  9. Warren P.

    If hackers want to get access they seem to get it. Just in the news last week we saw countless attacks. And these are on major corporations who take security serously.

  10. Haley V

    And so the government decides to join the rest of us in the new century. Sadly their $90M will only bring them up to where security should have been 5 years ago.

  11. Jerrad C

    Not sure the reason for this considering as how people who want to remain ignorant will continue to do so no matter how much money you throw at the problem.

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