Ottawa Cyber Attack

Ottawa – Increased Threat of Cyber Attack for Canadian Businesses

Communications Security Establishment, a government agency responsible for cybersecurity in Canada, warns businesses about cyber attacks and malicious software that may follow from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Russia has significant cyber capabilities and a demonstrated history of using them irresponsibly,” In light of Russia’s ongoing, unjustified military offensive in Ukraine, CSE and its Canadian Centre for Cyber Security strongly encourage all Canadian organizations to take immediate action and bolster their online cyber defences.” says Ryan Foreman, CSE spokesperson.

The CSE has been tracking cyber threats associated with the current attacks on Ukraine from Russia. The critical infrastructure in Ukraine is currently the most susceptible targets for Russian retaliation through cyber warfare. CSE has been working closely with Canadian Armed Forces in supporting Ukraine.

In an interview with Lisa Kearney, the CEO of the Women CyberSecurity Society Inc, Lisa says “The fact is that really everyone should have already been bracing for this, because almost everything we do is digitized and thus has potential to be digitally breached. But the problem is that we may never know the true extent of a cyberbreach because no one really wants to admit that kind of thing when it happens to them. And even when we do learn about it or how we can learn from it, it’s months and months after the threat actually occurred.”

Similarly, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a department of the US Department of Homeland Security has released a “Shields Up” warning in relation to the Russian attacks on Ukraine. Read more about the “Shields Up” warning against cyber attacks here.

Visit the CSE Cyber Bulletin here.


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