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US and Canada Launch Joint Cybersecurity Plan

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the when-our-powers-combine dept.

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wiredmikey writes "Canada and the United States announced Friday they were launching a joint cybsersecurity plan that aims to better protect critical digital infrastructure and improve the response to cyber incidents. Under the action plan, the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada will cooperate to protect vital cyber systems and respond to and recover from any cyber disruptions, by improving collaboration on managing cyber incidents between their respective cyber security operation centers, enhancing information sharing and engagement with the private sector and pursuing US-Canadian collaboration to promote cyber security awareness to the public."

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42 comments

Coding style (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798609)

Coding is probably hoping to contain a lot of "eh"

Toe the line ice niggers! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798631)

Call apparently themselves 'Canadians'.

Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798633)

How many secret laws had to be passed by our Harper dictator in order for that to happen?

Is there any sane country left on this planet? How about The Netherlands?

Re:Great (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799029)

If you define "sane" as "brown-nosing kid sucking up to the class bully", then yes. Where for "class" you can read "NATO". Europe already provides a direct pipeline of all our data for the US' perusal, without expecting anything in return.

More specifically in the Netherlands, all the current minister AND his sidekick of "justice and security" seem to be able to do is to look at the UK and the USoA and then find "reasons" why the very worst of both are just the thing for already-regulated-to-the-gills the Netherlands.

More cyber? They want it. Cameras? They think that a great idea. More phone and internet tapping? Already being at the top of the per-capita list is not enough. More "extreme porn laws"? They say we "need" them. Cencorship? They think it's lovely, if only they knew of a way to slip it past us. Laws to force you to hand over encryption keys? They say it helps against terrorist paedophile copyright pirates.

Basically the only thing they've done during their term is come up with registration requirements and systems to track your every move, spout nonsense about "real needs for tougher stances on crime" when crime numbers are the lowest in years already, and jack up fines and admonish police to issue more citations, to the point where the police are now refusing to issue fines because they're unjustifiably high.

And they're both up for a second term. If you want sanity, look not at Europe, certainly not at the Netherlands. You have a better chance in Germany, truth be told, though with their wish for a free trade treaty with the US, that won't last long. I wish it were otherwise, but your cultural and regulatory influence is actually more strongly felt here than on your side of the pond. Really.

Maybe you could try one of those banana republics the CIA sold out so thoroughly half a century back, some seem to be recovering. Things seem to be looking up in Cuba, of all places.

You keep using that word (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798655)

If added more CYBER to my diet (and vocabulary) the world would be a safe, happy place. Butterflies would sky dance above the meadows.

Re:You keep using that word (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798891)

Too much cyber gives me gas and makes me feel all bloated

Re:You keep using that word (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799839)

This game-changing forward-thinking cyber-security plan will effectively synergize Web 2.0, HTML 5, and The Cloud to mitigate next-gen APT.

This technology word soup brought to you by Campbells. It's amazing what soup can do!

Re:You keep using that word (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41802249)

with surprisingly less salt than in the past!

let me guess how this works... (3, Insightful)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#41798661)

Under the action plan, the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada will cooperate to

send lots of money in no bid contracts to major campaign donors

improve the response to cyber incidents

fill viagra prescriptions for pennies on the dollar in Canada?

Re:let me guess how this works... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798859)

Under the action plan, the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada will cooperate to

send lots of money in no bid contracts to major campaign donors

improve the response to cyber incidents

fill viagra prescriptions for pennies on the dollar in Canada?

And protect their strategic maple syrup reserves!

Re:let me guess how this works... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#41807209)

Under the action plan, the US Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Canada will cooperate to

send lots of money in no bid contracts to major campaign donors

improve the response to cyber incidents

fill viagra prescriptions for pennies on the dollar in Canada?

And protect their strategic maple syrup reserves!

don't be jelly of our maple syrup!

Re:let me guess how this works... (4, Interesting)

davester666 (731373) | about a year ago | (#41801911)

They of course will also use the opportunity to strengthen our internet infrastructure by routing all Canadian traffic through a building physically located within the US, and all US traffic through a building physically located within Canada, because traffic flowing over a border automagically makes it less vulnerable. And it happens to eliminate virtually all laws that may apply to said traffic, but this is merely a coincidence.

Cybercurity in cyberspace (4, Funny)

Shavano (2541114) | about 2 years ago | (#41798663)

Apparently TFA was an attempt to use the word cyber as many times as cybernetically possible in a single cyber article.

Re:Cybercurity in cyberspace (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about 2 years ago | (#41798691)

And it didn't even mention US Cyber Command.

here's another plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798671)

(1) Stop connecting critical shit to the internet.
(2) Don't use WIndows.

Re:here's another plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799885)

(1) Stop connecting critical shit to the internet.
(2) Don't use WIndows.

While I don't disagree with either point, Stuxnet showed us that even if critical shit isn't connected to the internet, targeted attacks can still be engineered to fuck shit up. Also, those centrifuge controllers in Iran weren't running Windows*.

* Not that SCADA systems are any better off at all than Windows or any other unsecured/mismanaged system. Quite the contrary.

Freedom (1, Troll)

republicancaranalogy (2761931) | about 2 years ago | (#41798693)

Look this can never work. Just imagine if Canada made a car. Instead of gas it would guzzle freedom straight down and pump it back out into the air supply as flouride. Obviously this is the government trying to take your freedom from us. This is the last straw. Imagine if you bought a car and it said it was going to move to Canada. This is just what these jokers want from us!

Re:Freedom (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | about 2 years ago | (#41801321)

Jeep?

We'll see how that works out as corporations.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798701)

.. expand on IP and copyright abuse.

cybercybering (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798713)

I do hope they don't forget about cyberfunding their cyberdefense cyberplan with cybermoney that doesn't turn around and go straight into the cyberpockets of the cyberterrorists they're trying to combat. Cyber.

Cut out Microsoft, Adobe, and Oracle, & all fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798715)

The real culprits here are the companies releasing non-free software. If we properly funded free software projects and removed the security prone "features" the majority of these issues would be solved. Instead we steal good money from tax payers to fund monopolies.

You forgot a few "cyber"s. Here's a corrected one: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798725)

"Cyber Canada and the Cyber United States announced Cyber Friday they were cyber-launching a cyber-joint cybsersecurity cyberplan that cyberaims to cyberbetter cyberprotect cybercritical cyberdigital cyberstructure and cyberimprove the cyberresponse to cybercyber cyberincidents. Under the cyberaction cyberplan, the Cyber US Cyber Department of Cyber Homeland Cyber Security and Cyber Public Cyber Safety Cyber Canada will cybercooperate to cyberprotect cybervital cybercyber cybersystems and cyberrespond to and cyberrecover from any cybercyber cyberdisruptions, by cyberimproving cybercollaboration on cybermanaging cybercyber cyberincidents cyberbetween their cyberrespective cybercyber cybersecurity cyberoperation cybercenters, cyberenhancing cyberinformation cybersharing and cyberengagement with the cyberprivate cybersector and cyberpursuing Cyber-US-Cyber-Canadian cybercollaboration to cyberpromote cybercyber cybersecurity cyberawareness to the cyberpublic."

Welcome to the 1980!
Have a nice cyberday in cyberspace!

Hand washing (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41798727)

Great. Since the net infrastructure of both countries is tightly interconnected, this means that whenever the US wants to do something shady, they can now do it it Canada, and viceversa. In fact, it makes it very easy to bypass local law and regulations...

Re:Hand washing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799113)

Yeah you spy on our citizens, we will spy on yours for you, kind of deal. It is about time the Canadians cooperated with us, how long can we depend on the incompetent Europeans to do it for us.

Re:Hand washing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799859)

Actually it's been the Canadians all along for the most part. The funny part is that the reason for this is a portion of American law that says that american representatives abroad aren't allowed to offer bribes to foreign nationals. So they pass it to a Canadian operative to get it done when they feel the need for deniability.

You should see the cell traffic sniffing set ups Canadians have been rigging up for their allies embassies too. Those guys at the CSE [cse-cst.gc.ca] are very good at their jobs.

Re:Hand washing (1)

Altrag (195300) | about a year ago | (#41802175)

Don't be too hasty to assume the US is the bad player here. This is Vic "anyone who likes privacy is a child pornographer" Toews we're talking about.

Cost of implementation was a huge barrier to C-30 so if he can find a reason to force network upgrades anyway, why not just throw in a little online spying capability while they're at it and suddenly a huge stumbling block for C-30 (or whatever similar bill replaces it) is removed.

What REALLY happened (4, Insightful)

rueger (210566) | about 2 years ago | (#41798837)

For those not up on our current government, what really happened was the American government phoned up Canada and said "We've decided that you need to tie your cyber infrastructure into ours, and accept whatever controls we demand of it."

Where upon our Prime Minister jumps to his feet, tugs his forelock and chirps "Yes! Sir!"

Re:What REALLY happened (1)

rtb61 (674572) | about 2 years ago | (#41800233)

This needs to be done because of course that Canada far to often has refused to play along with the US imperialism plan and toss a bunch of the soldiers into the gears of the war for cash machine.

The US wants a direct feed into the Canadian cyber infrastructure to be able to intercept discussion counter to US policy demands early to allow the propaganda 'er' public relations machine to adjust Canadian thinking.

Re:What REALLY happened (1)

Formalin (1945560) | about 2 years ago | (#41801397)

I think it's more likely Harper phoned, begging for it. He seems to go out of his way, looking for raw deals for Canada.

Oh. Canada. (1, Funny)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | about 2 years ago | (#41798871)

Slashdot. News for hosers. Stuff that matters, eh?

Cybersecurity in Canada (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41798915)

HEY KID! Turn off that web cam!

Protection of profits (5, Insightful)

fox171171 (1425329) | about 2 years ago | (#41798979)

Since it doesn't take millions of dollars to figure out "don't connect critical infrastructure to the internet", I assume this is more pandering to the corporations/media industries and not really about protection of infrastructure..

FUD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799073)

The US is under prepared for a real cyber war
I just love these FUD MiM post

It amuses me the US couldn't even contain that massive leak valued at 5x the GDP of the US what makes them think they have a real chance at a war with technology beyond their own?

Say Christmas Island is close to Bali what crime happened in that area on Dec 26th something massive the killed hundreds of thousands of ppl... Darn it sucks what crimes where in that leak - guess not only China, US, & Russia can make earthquakes now

Nooo (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#41799115)

Now i am scared

Cyberinsecurity (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799129)

Joint effort to launder taxpayer money.

Some of those pork barrels have Canadian bacon.

easy fix (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799215)

Critical infrastructure should not be accessible on the internet. People who don't need access shouldn't have access. I don't see why we all need to revisit this all the bloody time.

No more power or 'plans' are needed.

Harper and his Puppet Masters (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41799483)

When told to jump, Harper asks how high on the way up by his keepers.

This is yet another means for those of you south of the border to have your rights ignored through the use of a foreign agency to do the spying for your stable masters. If we are good boys up here... we might get a reach around.

Hey Bevis, he said Cyber... huh huh, huh huh... (1)

R4wBon3 (952203) | about 2 years ago | (#41800353)

The U.S. is gonna take their cyber and combine it with Canada's cyber, and they are going to jointly communicate about all things cyber related. If a cyber attack is detected on U.S. or Canadian 'ground' you can bet we are gonna take our cybers out and kick the cyber out of them!

This makes perfect sense (1, Interesting)

ALeader71 (687693) | about 2 years ago | (#41800473)

We share a lot of resources, power grids, transportation networks, and airspace. We formed NORAD 60 years ago to defend North America from air attacks across the North Pole and to manage airspace along our border. Today we work to patrol North American airspace whenever we have a lot pilot or a hijacked airplane. It only makes sense to build a united front against digital attacks on our infrastructure.

they have hackers in canada ....but can't use them (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800771)

they have hackers in canada ....but can't use them?
HAHA canada what a bunch a losers

extyension of NORAD (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801631)

that is all..

"cyber" used 5 times in one sentence (1)

SeriousBusiness (2762651) | about a year ago | (#41804879)

It sounds web 2.0 compliant, I better read this.
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