Canada does not have the tools to fight cyber crime, says watchdog

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Canada’s federal government does not have the capacity and tools to effectively fight cyber crime in part because of excessive bureaucracy and staff shortages, the country’s top watchdog said on Tuesday.

In an official report, Auditor General Karen Hogan said she found breakdowns in response, coordination, tracking, and information sharing between and across the organizations responsible for protecting Canadians.

Last August, Canada’s national signal intelligence agency said organized cyber crime was set to pose a threat to national security and economic prosperity over the next two years. It identified Russia and Iran as safe havens where criminals can operate against Western targets.

Hogan said many complaints about cyber crime had been sent to the wrong organisation and noted some were never answered.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has experienced delays in deploying an information technology system meant to make it easier for victims to report crimes and provide a shared cyber crime database for law enforcement agencies.

As of January 2024, 30% of positions across all the RCMP’s cyber crime teams were vacant.

In response, Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Ottawa would soon launch a new strategy to protect economic interests from cyber threats.

This article was originally sourced from www.Reuters.com