One of Canada’s top cyber security experts says he’s been quietly giving the main political parties threat briefings in the lead-up to the upcoming federal election. “It’s an ongoing conversation,” Scott Jones, head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security within the Communications Security Establishment, told CBC News in an interview. “We told them basic cyber security matters. Taking action and thinking about how this could be turned against you is really important.” Earlier this week, Canada’s chief electoral officer raised concerns about the parties’ abilities to protect themselves from cyberattacks.
“They don’t have access to the resources we have access to,” Stephane Perrault told the Canadian Press in an interview.
“Securing [computer] systems is quite expensive … Even the larger parties have nowhere near our resources and you’ve got much smaller parties with very little resources.”