Canada announces plan to strengthen critical infrastructure protection

11:50, May 29, 2010      

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Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and MP for Saint Boniface and Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages Shelly Glover announced Friday the National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure to address the full range of risks and threats to the infrastructure.

"The National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure will strengthen our ability to protect vital assets and systems, such as electricity grids, transportation networks, financial systems and telecommunications," said Toews. "It will also strengthen our collective readiness to respond and recover from emergencies, attacks and disasters."

The National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure, which was developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial governments, and owners and operators in ten critical infrastructure sectors, will identify how each sector is connected to the others to help prevent an emergency or disaster in one sector from affecting the others, as well as develop and test plans to address risks to critical infrastructure sectors.

"Secure and resilient critical infrastructure is at the heart of Canada's economic stability," said Pierre Guimond, President and CEO of the Canadian Electricity Association. "The National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure is a significant milestone for Canada. We need to move forward with implementing measures to strengthen our collective readiness."

"It is essential that governments and industry continue to work together to implement the National Strategy and Action Plan for Critical Infrastructure," said John Weigelt, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada. "This is a positive step towards strengthening Canada's economic and societal backbone against natural disasters, accidents and criminal acts."

Source: Xinhua


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