Cyber security and critical energy infrastructure

January 16, 2011

A new report by Angela Gendron, senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies,  notes that private ownership of telecommunications, the fact that much of our national energy infrastructure is dependant on information and communications technologies and the responsibility of governments to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is raising new problems in national security management. 

"Reducing the vulnerabilities of cyber networks is complicated by the fact that while more than 90 percent of the physical infrastructure of the Web is owned by private industry, key elements of cyber security expertise lie with federal government.  On its own, neither side can ensure the continuity and integrity of the infrastructure."

My question is: "To what extent will increasing foreign ownership levels in the telecom industry complicate matters even more?"

For the Gendron report see:  Critical energy infrastructure protection in Canada