How vulnerable is Canada to cyberattacks?

Hackers

One of the benefits of my job is that I get to talk to a lot of ‘people in the know’. Connected people. People that keep score of the inside baseball.

“I know how to take down the different systems that support a nation-state and make it look like it’s somebody else’s business.”

People like Joe Cummins, founder and CEO of Ottawa-based cybersecurity startup CybernetIQ.

CybernetIQ has some cool threat hunting and vulnerability scanning tools that help keep organizations safe (see image below), but that’s not really why we have Cummins on the pod.

CybernetIQ

Don’t worry, Cummins explains what this visualization means on the podcast.

As you’ll hear, there’s the type of security that protects your Twitter account from being stolen because a bunch of crypto bros want the handle you’ve been using since 2007. And then there’s security that protects critical infrastructure (how we get food, water, power, and everything else).

How that critical infrastructure gets protected has changed a lot in the last 20 years. So have the potential vulnerabilities.

Cummins really wants you to know about the vulnerabilities. He really wants you to know about Canada’s level of preparedness from the things he describes in detail, and perhaps more importantly, the things he is only willing to vaguely allude to.

Turn on your 2FA and let’s dig in.


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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.