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CIRA welcomes CRTC’s move to require botnet blocking to protect Canadians online

By Delphine Avomo Evouna
Communications Specialist

OTTAWA, ON – June 23, 2022 – CIRA strongly supports the decision today by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to coordinate a consistent approach to blocking botnets in order to protect Canadian internet users and the country’s internet infrastructure.  

In its decision, the CRTC supports recommendations made in CIRA’s initial submission, including:  

  • Setting minimum technical parameters in a manner that is proportionate to the purpose of preventing harm caused to Canadians  
  • Establishing a framework for network-level botnet blocking guided by principles of necessity, proportionality, privacy, accountability, transparency, and accuracy  
  • Circumscribing the approach to ensure it is limited to botnets and other indicators of compromise and prevents any broadening of scope 


Executive Quote

CIRA’s original submission to the botnet consultation is available here.


About CIRA and Canadian Shield 

CIRA (The Canadian Internet Registration Authority) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA also develops technologies and services—such as CIRA DNS Firewall and CIRA Canadian Shield—that help support its goal of building a trusted internet for Canadians. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest-growing country code top-level domains (ccTLD), a high-performance global DNS network, and one of the world’s most advanced back-end registry solutions.   

CIRA Canadian Shield is a free cybersecurity service that improves privacy and blocks botnets, phishing, ransomware, and other malware as one of the many ways we build a trusted Canadian internet through our Community Investment Program. CIRA Canadian Shield is built by Canadians, exclusively for Canadians.  

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Delphine Avomo Evouna