Just over a year after announcing an updated federal cybersecurity strategy, Ottawa has revealed how it will be implemented.The action plan for improving the resilience of the federal and critical infrastructure includes $10.3 million over five years for special projects created by provincial, territorial and municipal governments, researchers, commercial companies and not for profits. Of that total, $2.3 million has been set aside for the next 12 months.The action plan timetable also suggests a promised cyber certification program for small and medium-sized companies to publicly show they meet minimum security standards could be launched before the end of this year.Cyber projects looking for federal funding must come under one of three categories:Security and Resilience – this includes research and development of new technologies and tools for increasing the security and resilience of Canadian cyber systems, and support for non-federal partners’ implementing actions to better protect their systems and information Cyber Innovation – R&D for tools to address threats posed emerging technologies like IoT or quantum computing), academic research on trends, training and educational programs to advance cyber security skills and knowledge, and projects to help commercialize new technologies Effective Leadership – including projects to increase public awareness of cyber threats, gather data and promote collaboration A funding application guide is available here.Part of the action plan includes cyber funding set out in last spring’s federal budget.The action plan lays out specific initiatives to realize the strategy set out in June 2018. Briefly, the strategy expands on the first plan set out in 2010 to protect the safety and security of federal networks, critical provincially and privately-owned infrastructure (like utilities, hospitals, banks and telecommunications providers) and encourage cyber security awareness across the country.Part of the strategy includes expanding the RCMP’s cyber capability into the National Cybercrime Co-ordination Unit (NC3) and merging a number of federal cyber services into the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. However, those agencies won’t be fully running for some time.The strategy also promised the creation of a voluntary cyber security certification program for SMEs, similar to ones launched by the U.K. and Australia, to show customers an organization has met basic cyber standards. Accredited third parties — likely consultants — would certify these minimum standards have been met. Those standards, however, first have to be set.Since the plan was announced Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), has been working with the federal Communications Security Establishment (CSE), which secures federal networks, the Standards Council of Canada and private sector accredited certification bodies to work out standards that organizations would have to meet to be certified. The Standards Council would approve the certification bodies.According to the action plan, the first step of the certification program is the creation of a list of minimum security controls SMEs would have to meet — for example, doing an inventory of hardware and software assets. Those controls were released last April.The official launch of the cyber certification program should be done this year, the timetable says.UPDATE: In an interview this morning Dani Keenan, press secretary to ISED minister Navdeep Bains said the certification program will be launched “in the very near future.”A planned national standard for cyber security won’t be announced until sometime next year.It should be noted that while the action plan outlines particular goals — such as the SME certification program — the dates for deliverables are merely by year. For example, the action plan says sometime this year the government will reveal its international cyber strategy. That would presumably cover Canada’s approach to global rules on Internet governance and cyber warfare. And even though the strategy was released a year ago, some significant work has yet to be done. The promised Industrial Control System Advisory Committee has yet to be established. According to the timetable, work on that is still in the planning stage although the target date of creating the committee is set for at least the end of this year.As part of the strategy, Public Safety Canada will deliver a comprehensive risk management approach for the 10 critical infrastructure sectors to enable them to better secure their systems and information. That will include improving the department’s capacity to conduct cybersecurity assessments to help organizations identify vulnerabilities — which will rely on a yet-to-be created technical network assessment tool. The government also plans to deliver cyber-based exercises for critical infrastructure to help them respond to, and recover from, cyber-attacks.This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market.
In the south east, the M25 between Gatwick and the M1, the A23/M23 to Brighton, the A34 and M3 south and south-west, the A47 Swaffham to Great Yarmouth and the A11 Thetford to Norwich are all congestion hotspots. Further north, the M55 between Preston and Blackpool, the A14 between the Midlands and the east coast, the A590/A591 between the M6 and the Lake District, the A66 between the M6 and the coast and the M53 between Liverpool and Chester are all likely to be extremely busy.Highway England’s chief executive Jim O’Sullivan advised drivers to check their vehicles to avoid basic mechanical problems.He said: “I want all drivers to arrive at their destinations safely during the summer holidays. We are urging motorists to make sure they are ready to go on their journeys by checking their fuel, tyres and oil. With a few simple checks everyone will be safer.” The RAC said it expects 36.5 million “leisure” journeys in the first fortnight of the school holidays.It said drivers would experience “customary chaos” and warned of traffic hotspots on motorways to popular destinations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis added: “The very much-needed family summer holiday might begin stressfully as long tailbacks are inevitable, particularly in the South West on the M5 which is the main conduit to the beaches of Devon and Cornwall.”If you are one vehicle in the 3.4 million making a leisure journey on Saturday, a healthy dose of patience is going to be required.”Mr Dennis advised drivers to travel very early in the morning or late in the evening, but accepted this will not be possible for many people.He warned that major tourist routes will remain steadily busy through the coming six week school holiday period.The RAC predicted that congestion hotspots will include some of the major routes to the south west and south coast as well as those leading to the Lake District, Norwich and Great Yarmouth.In the south west, It warned of potential gridlock on the M5 Almondsbury Interchange and from Bristol to Taunton, the A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall, the A303 Andover to Ilminster and the M4 between Cardiff and Swansea. St Ives, along with much of Devon and Cornwall will be busy as motorists take to the roads this weekendCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty The nine million motorists expected to take to the roads this weekend have been warned they will need a “healthy dose of patience” as the big summer getaway coincides with a raft of roadworks.More than 250 sets of roadworks are in place on major routes up and down the country and are likely to mark a “stressful” start to the holidays, causing tailbacks of at least half an hour.Despite the predicted problems, Highways England will not be suspending the works as it is not a bank holiday. It said much of the work will take place overnight to minimise disruption but lanes will still be closed and speed restrictions will remain in place.Congestion is likely to cause problems on Friday evening as some 2.5 million families make an early dash for their holidays after school, vying for space with regular commuters.But the busiest period is expected to be on Saturday between 11am and 4pm, with an estimated 3.4 million journeys being made. Sunday will be similarly busy. Traffic jams are expected on popular routes as the summer getaway begins this weekendCredit:Haydn West/PA