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SECU Committee Report

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LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS

 

As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or the Government. Recommendations related to this study are listed below.

Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that, in the next Parliament, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security establish a sub-committee dedicated to studying the public safety and national security aspects of cybersecurity, with potential areas of inquiry including international approaches to critical infrastructure protection, impact of emerging technologies, and cyber supply chain security.

Recommendation 2

Along with encouraging Canadians to adopt sound cyber hygiene habits, the Committee recommends that the Government of Canada undertake efforts to ensure the digital products and services they rely on, including products that are part of the Internet of Things, are “secure by design.”.

Recommendation 3

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada recognize both the promise and the peril of artificial intelligence for cybersecurity, ensuring that this duality is addressed in its national cybersecurity framework.

Recommendation 4

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada increase this country’s existing quantum skills capacity and continue to support research and development of quantum technologies and encryption standards that will ensure Canada’s electronic information and information systems remain secure in a post-quantum world.

Recommendation 5

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada develop a comprehensive cybersecurity skills and training strategy that will instil ethical and secure coding practices early on and create a cybersecurity workforce that leverages diverse backgrounds, meets internationally recognized standards, and is prepared for the cybersecurity challenges of today and tomorrow.

Recommendation 6

To ensure accurate and comprehensive statistics, the Committee recommends that the Government of Canada encourage Canadian citizens and companies to report all instances of cybercrime.

Recommendation 7

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada support responsible vulnerability disclosure programs.

Recommendation 8

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada reject approaches to lawful access that would weaken cybersecurity.

Recommendation 9

The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada explore ways to ensure all sensitive data moved within Canada has a domestically routed path, ensuring data packets are not exposed to foreign network infrastructure.