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US and Canada Launch Joint Cybersecurity Plan 42

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-our-powers-combine dept.
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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US and Canada Launch Joint Cybersecurity Plan

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  • by Anonymous Coward

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

    • by Anonymous Coward

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

  • by vlm (69642) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:04PM (#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?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      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!

    • by davester666 (731373) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:41AM (#41801911) Journal

      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.

  • by Shavano (2541114) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:04PM (#41798663)
    Apparently TFA was an attempt to use the word cyber as many times as cybernetically possible in a single cyber article.
  • 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!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    "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 an

  • Hand washing (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    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...

    • by Altrag (195300)

      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.

  • by rueger (210566) * on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:30PM (#41798837) Homepage
    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!"
    • by rtb61 (674572)

      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.

    • by Formalin (1945560)

      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.

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

  • HEY KID! Turn off that web cam!

  • by fox171171 (1425329) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @03:53PM (#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..
  • by stanlyb (1839382)
    Now i am scared
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Joint effort to launder taxpayer money.

    Some of those pork barrels have Canadian bacon.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    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.

  • 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!
  • 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.

  • It sounds web 2.0 compliant, I better read this.

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