Matthews: Should Canada view cyberspace as a threat or opportunity?
Senior Deputy Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Canada should view cyberspace as an opportunity first and as a threat second. Economics and technological advances mean we are not going back to a non-digital age. Our government, universities, companies and individual citizens have embraced cyberspace, making Canada one of the most internet savvy countries in the world. It is precisely because of this, however, that we must not be blind to the mounting evidence that certain countries, namely China and Russia, have been developing the strategic capacity to launch cyber attacks to steal state and corporate secrets. Richard Clarke’s book “Cyber War” is a must read to understand the threat angle.