Cyber Security
Sep 15, 2008

As our renewed government faces new and major economic readjustments on a global scale, I am pleased to present this issue on Cyber Security.  

Constable Les Gramantik, of the Firearms Training Unit, demonstrates the new rifle power. (Photo courtesy of the Calgary Police Service)

You will see, in the articles that follow, how much international confidence in our banking systems relies on the stable operation of our web-based information systems – how vulnerable they have proved in the past, and how very necessary Cyber Security is to each and every one us.

Imagine the effects of coordinated and prolonged cyber attacks on governments, banks and stock markets following the work of international leaders to stabilize the situation and restore market confidence and stability. Quel désordre!

To help us get an idea of the scope of this threat, I offer my own thoughts and the opinions and advice of experts in the field. I thank first Dr. Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation in the U.S. for his call to do more throughout North America, particularly in the realm of knowledgeable leadership.

Brian Phillips of Bell Canada reflects on the topic of infrastructure reliability in view of the increased reliance of interdependent systems on the global web ­network. He stresses that challenges like securing the 2010 Winter Olympics must encompass serious communications security.

In attempting to make sense of these cyber challenges for our FrontLine readers, I asked Lysa Myers director of research with West Coat Labs, and 10 years with McAfee, where we are going with this. A neophyte in this area myself, Dr. David Gewirtz, the respected editor of Counter Terrorism, brought me up to speed on what he considers as an imminent threat of Cyber War.

Catherine Johnston of ACT Canada again sent us a timely and pertinent article on the electronic identity challenges in this world of cyber threat.

Associate Editor, Scott Newark, offers the final word on this issue with some sage advice on our need to protect ourselves actively from the many realms and sources of our cyber vulnerability.

George Kolisnek, former Director of Strategic Intelligence at NDHQ and Senior Policy Advisor in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat in the Privy Council Office offers his reflections on the knowledge challenge facing Intelligence professionals. As a complement to George’s work, we are happy to bring you Tom Quiggin’s thoughts on the changing front of Security Intelligence. Obviously some major adjustments and reflections are ­necessary in the Intelligence world in both cases.

In matters of Emergency Management governance, we are fortunate to highlight the analysis of the last Senate Committee Report on this issue submitted by David Redman, the former head of Emergency Management Alberta.

A submission by Lance Valcour, an Ottawa Police Services member currently assigned to CITIG (Canadian Inter­operability Technology Interest Group), explains the need for a National Interoperability Plan for Canada.

Finally, from the tiny town of Fauquier in British Columbia, we have an excellent article by its Fire Chief, John Banta, on the challenges of small town volunteer emergency response training and leadership.

Some sound ideas to help us solve some immediate and imminent threats. Have a good read.

Clive Addy, Executive Editor
© FrontLine Security 2008