National security experts have called on the Government of Canada to make cybersecurity legislation the next major national security issue after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The cyber security debate has become increasingly heated in recent years with cyber attacks and threats from nations such as China and Russia and concerns about the growing ability of terrorist groups to attack and compromise national infrastructure.
Last year, the government announced it would be stepping up its cyber security efforts, including a cyber security task force and a national cyber threat response team.
In a statement released on Monday, experts from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of Foreign Affairs Institute and the Atlantic Council called on government leaders to implement the law as soon as possible.
The Council on Foresight’s Dr. Daniel L. Gannon said, “We cannot have a society where cyber security is not a priority.
The U.S. has an extremely secure cyber infrastructure and the cyber threat from Iran is much more serious.
It is imperative that the U.K. and Canada adopt the same approach.”
Dr. Gautam Dutta, a former head of the National Security Agency and a fellow at the Council, said, ”This is a real national security imperative that we should have a cybersecurity law in place before the summer.
The first step is to create a cyber policy that recognizes that this is an important national security problem and is going to have a major impact on the future of our democracy and economy.” Dr