Computers and information systems are a fundamental part of Canadian life. Day to day activities, commerce, and statecraft have gone digital. The associated information technology underpins nearly all aspects of today’s society. It enables much of our commercial and industrial activity, supports our military and national security operations and is essential to everyday social activities.
A vast amount of data is constantly in motion and an astronomical quantity is being stored in cyberspace. Furthermore, owing to market incentives, innovation in functionality has outpaced innovation in security and neither the public nor the private sector has been successful at fully implementing existing best practices. The potential for malicious activity within cyberspace is endless.
This course will explore the digitized world (the good, the bad and the ugly) in the Canadian context with a view to assessing the breadth and scope of the cyber reality within Canada and the policy challenges it poses with emphasis on the Federal Government. You will be able to identify security gaps that cross policy files, and develop integrated policies to anticipate and respond to cyber threats.
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Alan Jones worked for 32 years in the Canadian Security and Intelligence community including as an Executive responsible for developing cyber programs and as a member of a number of senior committees on the development of cyber security strategies at the national and international level. He is now a consultant who has worked on the development of a major cyber security center to protect critical infrastructure.