Mark Collins – Another US Effort to be Cyber-Serious–and Canada?

At least the American federal government is trying, though the degree of success…?

Homeland Security to Fast Track Hiring of up to 1,000 New Cyber Personnel

The Department of Homeland Security plans to fast track the hiring of up to 1,000 new cybersecurity personnel by June, according to a notice set to be published tomorrow [Nov. 10] in the Federal Register.

Positions OK’d by the Office of Personnel Management for special Schedule A hiring authority include personnel with job duties including:

  • Cyber risk and analysis;
  • Cyberincident response, including analyzing malware and other vulnerabilities;
  • Detecting and assessing cyber vulnerabilities; and
  • Intelligence analysis, among other areas…

Meanwhile in this country:

I Wouldn’t on Bet Cyber Security as Big Canadian Election Issue…

Here’s the dismal reality:


Canada Drowning in State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks?

Canada Drowning in State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks? Part 2

Canadian Government’s Pathetic Cyber Security Funding Increase

Sure wasn’t a big election issue.  Sigh.  We are going to be done in pretty badly and pretty soon one expects.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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6 thoughts on “Mark Collins – Another US Effort to be Cyber-Serious–and Canada?”

  1. From the mandate letter from the PM to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness–I doubt much serious will be done absent a grievously embarrassing breach (scroll down at link):

    “Lead a review of existing measures to protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from cyber-threats, in collaboration with the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the President of the Treasury Board.”
    http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-public-safety-and-emergency-preparedness-mandate-letter

    Money, money, money.

    Mark Collins

  2. Now look at Brits:

    ‘UK to double cyber spending to prevent militant attacks via web – Osborne

    Britain will nearly double its spending on cyber security to prevent Islamic militants from launching online attacks on the country, finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday.

    Osborne said Friday’s attacks in Paris, which killed more than 130 people and were claimed by Islamic State (ISIL), underscored the need to improve Britain’s protections against electronic attack.

    “ISIL are already using the Internet for hideous propaganda purposes; for radicalisation, for operational planning too,” he said in excerpts of a speech he was due to give at Britain’s main intelligence-gathering centre.

    “They have not been able to use it to kill people yet by attacking our infrastructure through cyber attack,” he said.

    “But we know they want it and are doing their best to build it. So when we talk about tackling ISIL, that means tackling their cyber threat as well as the threat of their guns, bombs and knives.”

    Osborne said public spending on cyber security would be almost doubled to a total of 1.9 billion pounds over the period to 2020…’
    http://www.trust.org/item/20151117000309-3s3i5/

    Mark Collins

  3. Big “Oh oh!”

    ‘First on CNN: Newly discovered hack has U.S. fearing foreign infiltration”\

    A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government and private companies for the past three years.

    The FBI is investigating the breach, which involved hackers installing a back door on computer equipment, U.S. officials told CNN. Juniper disclosed the issue Thursday along with an emergency security patch that it urged customers to use to update their systems “with the highest priority.”

    The concern, U.S. officials said, is that sophisticated hackers who compromised the equipment could use their access to get into any company or government agency that used it.

    One U.S. official described it as akin to “stealing a master key to get into any government building.”

    The breach is believed to be the work of a foreign government, U.S. officials said, because of the sophistication involved. The U.S. officials said they are certain U.S. spy agencies themselves aren’t behind the back door. China and Russia are among the top suspected governments, though officials cautioned the investigation hasn’t reached conclusions.

    It’s not yet clear what if any classified information could be affected, but U.S. officials said the Juniper Networks equipment is so widely used that it may take some time to determine what damage was done…’
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/18/politics/juniper-networks-us-government-security-hack/

    Juniper Networks:
    http://www.juniper.net/us/en/company/profile/

    Mark Collins

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