As data privacy concerns grow among online users, Canada’s former National security advisor disclosed that the population of Canada never takes cyber threats on a serious note.
Speaking at the Urban Security and Resilience Conference in Toronto, Richard Fadden the former security advisor stated that every individual, organization and government entity is under threat from online attacks in Canada. And the government must urgently find a way to leverage these issues at the earliest.
Mr. Fadden, who worked for almost 3 years as a head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and also served as a security advisor to two Prime Ministers, said that his country was facing a severe threat from terrorism and cyber aggression from two countries- namely Russia and China.
He added that Canadians do not see themselves under threat and so the companies, individuals and government entities prevailing in the region still show laxity in building their cyber defenses.
Hence, the security advisor called on those at the conference- including executives, incident responders and disaster recovery officials- to talk clearly to those in power on how they could solve the problem.
“Unless we cannot convince the government and populace, we cannot spend and put in efforts to resolve the issue”, said Richard Fadden.
Fadden added that protection of financial info and resources is need of the hour as we tend to underestimate our adversaries.
The security advisor added in his statement that the world is breaking into spheres of influence, as Russia and China tend to set the parameters around countries located in the West. And the United States appears to be silently experiencing the threats with great tolerance.
When asked whether all this will lead to “World War 3”, Richard believes that it can lead to a situation where the war will not be waged through military and artillery but could lead to the end and extinction of mankind, if critical infrastructures such as Nuclear Energy systems are blocked.