The increasing cyber security threat continues to raise a series
of privacy risks for organizations. The Office of the Privacy
Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has been regularly focusing on cyber
security in letters of findings and guidance and, most recently, in
a report, entitled "Privacy and Cyber
Security: Emphasizing privacy protection in cyber security
The OPC's report examines the interrelationships between
cyber security and privacy, and discusses a number of common
challenges for cyber security and privacy, including:
The complexity of electronic, interconnected networks
Increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and the
"professionalization" of hacking
Threats to mobile devices, which are closely tied to individual
The challenge in the Big Data context
Ensuring breach preparedness is a greater priority
Encouraging effective, dynamic risk management instead of
"check the box" compliance
The report also considers recent policy developments, including
the tension between privacy protection and national security, and
the global nature of cyber governance. The report concludes with
recommended policy directions in which privacy protection could in
the future support and augment cyber security:
Building privacy values into the development of cyber security
Legislative approaches the incentivize cyber security
Facilitating a broader dialogue on cyber security which
acknowledges the importance of privacy, trust and responsible data
The Osler Privacy and Data Management practice group will be
discussing this report on our next monthly call on February 25,
2015 at 11:30 a.m. EST that will focus on The Emerging Cyber
Security Threat Environment. The call will feature a conversation
with James Aquilina, Executive Managing Director at
Stroz Friedberg and co-author of the work "Malware Forensics:
Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Code".
Please visit our
events page to sign up for the February monthly privacy call
and for more information on all upcoming events.
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about your specific circumstances.
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