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Aug 16, 2016

The Government of Canada has launched its public consultation to engage with Canadians on the evolving cyber security landscape.

Until mid-October this year, the Government of Canada will be engaging and consulting with Canadians about the trends and challenges of cyber security. Topics will include the evolution of the cyber threat, the increasing economic significance of cyber security, the expanding frontiers of cyber security, and Canada’s way forward on cyber security.

According to Public Safety Canada, Canadians are the heaviest internet users in the world. The average Canadian spends more than 40 hours online per month. Canadian businesses are also at risk of cyber attacks. Approximately 70 percent of Canadian businesses have been victims of cyber attacks, resulting in an average cost of $15,000 per incident.

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said “The government's cyber security review is an opportunity to build Canadian strength and expertise.  Canadians spend more time online than people in any other country.  We need to get really good at cyber security - across our personal, business, infrastructure and government sectors - so we can take full advantage of the digital economy, while protecting the safety and security of Canadians, and selling our valuable cyber skills and products into a booming market throughout the rest of the world.  I hope Canadians will participate vigorously to help us shape this opportunity.”

The department is looking for new ideas to renew Canada's approach and initiatives to cyber security. The online consultation is available to Canadians until October 15, 2016 at https://www.canada.ca/en/services/defence/cybersecurity/.

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