Data Protection

New hybrid threat director

Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs since 2010, has been appointed Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats for a five-year term.The agency brings together members of NATO and the EU to provide training on hybrid threats. Tiilikainen’s predecessor,Matti Saarelainen, moves Oct. 1 to the Finnish Security Intelligence. [node:read-more:link]

Data breach in Quebec

Two persons have been arrested after a data breach at Revenu Quebec resulted in the release of the personnel files of 23,000 of the agency’s current and former employees. The agency says an internal investigation showed the data was not used for malicious purposes or sold to third parties. [node:read-more:link]

Financial data breach tags Canadians

Capital One Financial Corp. confirmed July 29 that personal data on some six million Canadian customers – including names, addresses, phone numbers and about one million social insurance numbers – were among those obtained by a hacker. The U.S. Justice Department says a former employee of a Seattle-based technology company has been arrested. Capital One, headquartered in McLean, Va., says it became aware of the hack July 19. [node:read-more:link]

Quebec-based financial data breach affects millions

A disgruntled employee at Quebec-based financial institution, Desjardins, is being blamed for a data privacy breach affecting nearly 2.7 million individual customers and 173,000 businesses. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security recalled from parliamentary summer break July 15 to address concerns pending results of a police investigation. [node:read-more:link]

Cyber security means unwavering focus

A recently-published KPMG survey of 1,300 chief executive officers worldwide, including 75 in Canada, indicates that there is a need to maintain an unwavering focus on cyber security. The “good news” according to KPMG is that Canada’s manufacturing sector is adept at adopting new technologies, materials and techniques to stay ahead of customer trends and market shifts. [node:read-more:link]


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