Invite-only Session Focused on Future Canada’s Cyber Army
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 28th2018 —Brian Everest, CTO of Cyber724 and Alexander Lomasney, Cyber724’s Manager, Information Security were among ~45 Canadian civilians invited to the Cyber Reserve Force Workshop. The halls of HMCS Discovery in beautiful Stanley Park served as an exceptional venue to discuss how Canada’s military can best respond to threats in cyberspace. The workshop sought to engage public and private sector leaders in information security from a number of strata of Canadian society. Breakout groups were broken down into four sets: government / HR firms, academia, tech & smaller firms, and larger firms.
The goal of the workshop was to explore ideas and provide the opportunity for personnel or entities with specialized cyber skills to serve in the Reserve Force for specific cyber activities. The nature of conflict has temporarily swung away from force on force, set piece battles; towards well-masked attacks, and distributed cyber exploits which are often difficult to discern attribution on. The Australian government recently released an economic roadmap for their future. The Australians have identified information security resiliency as the centerpieceof their economic future; without this resiliency no other aspect of their economy can thrive. The Government of Canada has directed the Forces look to allies in the United Kingdom and Australia for models of cyber force employment. As part of this effort, the Forces have engaged with leading Canadian enterprises to aid in the requisite problem solving.
Brian and Alexander found the session to be thought provoking, and were inspired by the manner in which the Forces are addressing the issue of cyber force development. Cyber724 leadership will continue to liaise with the Department of National Defence on request, benefiting from participation in an elite and informed group; while also seeking to contribute to the collective defence of Canada.
Pictured: Colonel Walking, of Director General, Cyberspace, Canadian Department of National Defence