Canada and the U.S. Announce Joint Cybersecurity Action Plan

"We are committed to working together to protect vital cyber systems"

From Canada’s Department of Public Safety:  Canada and the United States announced the Cybersecurity Action Plan Between Public Safety Canada and the Department of Homeland Security, a key commitment under the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The announcement comes during Cyber Security Awareness Month, which both countries recognize every October to remind individuals about how to protect themselves and their families from online threats.

"Canada and the U.S. have a mutual interest in partnering to protect our shared infrastructure," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "We are committed to working together to protect vital cyber systems, to respond to and recover from any cyber disruptions, and to make cyberspace safer for all our citizens."

"The Cybersecurity Action Plan reinforces the robust relationship between DHS and Public Safety Canada," said United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. "We look forward to continuing our work together to increase the resiliency of our networks, enhance public-private partnerships, and build a culture of shared responsibility." 

The Cybersecurity Action Plan enhances the already strong partnership and cooperation on cyber security matters between both countries, in order to ultimately better protect shared critical digital infrastructure and increase capacity to respond jointly and effectively to cyber incidents. 

The specific goals of the plan include enhancing collaboration on cyber incident management between each country”s cyber security operations centres, improving information sharing and engagement with the private sector, and continuing the ongoing collaboration between Canada and the U.S. on the promotion of cyber security awareness to the public.   (graphic: Pacifica Partners)

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