CSE to work more directly with telecoms on network security

Originally posted by The Wire Report

Author: Ahmad Hathout

OTTAWA — New national security legislation proposed Tuesday will enable Canada’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) to be more active in protecting the country’s telecommunications networks, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan said during a briefing with media.

Bill C-59 aims to, among other measures, modernize CSE by making it governed by stand-alone legislation instead of the National Defence Act, increase its accountability measures and permit it to use advanced methods and techniques to “take action online to defend Canadian networks and proactively stop cyber threats before they reach our systems,” according to a government backgrounder.

In a reply to a question about how Canada’s telecoms will be collaborating on this initiative, Sajjan said, “without this legislation, all we had the ability to do was provide a guidance and advice to our private industry.”

The new bill will allow CSE to “provide that direct technical assistance to them to make sure their networks are well protected.”

Sajjan did not provide examples of what this direct assistance would look like.

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