In case you missed it, ghostly costumes and massive quantities of candy were not the only scary things to talk about this past Halloween. CIRA and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) co-presented Cyber risks and municipalities: what leaders should know, and with the help of a distinguished panel, attempted to unpack the cyber challenges facing the sector. The virtual panel featured Melanie Power (OPP), Kevin Paul (Cybera) and Lindsay MacDonald (Cyber Centre) in a conversation moderated by Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary).
We know the unique problems local governments are up against:
- Municipal governments hold more personal data than most of their private or public sector counterparts, making them an attractive target.
- Municipalities typically have fewer resources and older technology, making them a potentially easy task for malicious actors.
Ultimately, it’s a recipe for catastrophic and costly cyber attacks.
Why are municipalities, schools, healthcare and universities still cybercriminals’ biggest targets?
That’s why CIRA partnered with FCM to provide information, tools and resources to municipal stakeholders, with a goal of improving cybersecurity across Canada, be it in hamlets, small towns, or major metropolitan centres.
You can see a full recording of our conversation here: