Electrical utilities around the world are under increasing attack by nation-states, organized crime, terrorist groups and activists, all seeking the capability to cause widespread disruption and chaos.
According to a new United Nations report, Canada ranks 9th in the world when it comes to its approach to cybersecurity.
But before we light the fireworks and celebrate our global supremacy, it's important to put that result in context, says Beauceron CEO David Shipley.
"Even the dimmest light can shine in absolute darkness," says Shipley, noting that just having a cybersecurity strategy puts Canada ahead over half the countries measured in the UN report.
Evidence is mounting that the NotPetya global malware attack that started in the Ukraine was more akin to a cyber weapon than a criminal effort.
This evolving and escalating use of cyber weapons in conflict will have profound implications for individuals, organizations and governments and their is a pressing need to become more diligent when it comes to cybersecurity, says Beauceron CEO David Shipley.
Four days after the failure of its IT systems, British Airways is in the midst of a PR meltdown after a catastrophic IT failure that crippled its operations out of its two hub airports in the United Kingdom.
Beauceron CEO David Shipley spoke with Toronto640AM's Kelly Cutrara about what may have happened, why companies of all kinds need to carefully consider their backup strategies and the importance of practicing your digital fire drills in order to be ready for adverse cyber events.