Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

September 28, 2010 09:00 ET

Minister Toews Announces Canada's Participation in International Cyber Security Exercise

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced today that Canada is participating in the international cyber security exercise, Cyber Storm III. This three-day exercise, beginning today, involves participants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

"Working closely with our international allies helps Canada improve practices that address our concerns associated with cyber security," said Minister Toews. "Our continued participation in the Cyber Storm III exercise is another example of how we coordinate to strengthen Canada's resilience and ability to prepare for, and respond to, cyber threats."

Public Safety Canada is leading the Government of Canada's participation in the Cyber Storm III exercise in keeping with the department's responsibility for emergency management and national security. Working internationally and exercising across jurisdictions strengthens Canada's ability to deal with actual emergencies.

"Cyber Storm III comes just days before the beginning of Cyber Security Awareness Month," added Minister Toews. "The need for Canadians to become aware of the risks, tools and practices available to help stay safe online will continue to increase as our online activity increases. Cyber Security Awareness Month is an opportunity to inform individuals, families, and businesses of the risks we all face and how to stay safe online."

Canada participated in the two previous Cyber Storm exercises in 2006 and 2008, along with Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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