Cyber threat to Canada from its adversary nations


Canada has termed 4 nations as the greatest strategic threats to it as they are seen indulging in stealing intellectual data, downing critical infrastructure and influencing political events such as national elections.

And the four nations are Russia, Iran, North Korea and China- the same nations are on the adversaries list of North America as well.

Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity Security, an agency funded by the government run by Justin Trudeau has released its 2020 National Cyber Threat Assessment report in which it stated the above stated points and warned all the companies operating in its country that a state sponsored cyber attack is under way and has the capabilities to disrupt the critical infrastructure of the nation.

Most of the state funded threat actors are motivated by economic, ideological and geopolitical objectives and are being nurtured by nations mutually with multiple cyber programs that are conferred with the purchase of cyber products and services in legal or illegal way via various resources.

“Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity Security (CCCS) report confirms the growing threat from adversaries to the nation”, said Harjit Singh, the National Defense Minister, Canada.

He added that some foreign nations are constantly seeking the vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. And the country’s defense sector is getting busy in weeding out such threats, before any untoward incident could take place.

Canada’s latest threat report seems like a reiteration to the one released in 2018 and predicts what is in store for the country in the cyber landscape through till 2022.

CCCS report also highlights the fact that there has been an uptick in online threats to Canadians and national institutions posed by fraudsters and other bad actors during the COVID-19 shut down crises.

Thus, the report also warns the adversaries with strong retaliation if any damage is caused to the utilities, health care companies, and to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) function in Canada.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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