Canada Announces Cybersecurity Funding and Action Plan

The Canadian government has announced two initiatives to help advance Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: the release of a National Cyber Security Action Plan, and the re-launching of the Cyber Security Cooperation Program with 10.3 million Canadian dollars available over five years to support initiatives in the area of cyber security.

The release of the National Cyber Security Action Plan provides an update on Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy’s work to date and sets out the government’s initiatives for the next five years. It details work completed, in progress, and planned. Planned work includes the launch of a national standard for cyber security, scheduled for 2020, and various bilateral activities with the U.S.

The Cyber Security Cooperation Program supports projects aimed at improving Canada’s cyber systems to increase innovation and cooperation. $2.3 million of the $10.3 million in funding will be available for recipients in 2019-2020. Its call for proposals will be open from August 7, 2019 to August 28, 2019. Funding proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Government of Canada cyber security experts.

Read the National Cyber Security Action Plan here

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Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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