Fighting Cybercrime in Canada

Fraud Summit Speaker Addresses Legislative Push
Fighting Cybercrime in Canada
Claudiu Popa

Canada is considering adopting tougher data security and cybercrime legislation that could serve as a model for other nations, says Claudiu Popa, an information security expert who'll be a panelist at Information Security Media Group's Fraud Summit Toronto.

Legislators are debating about a proposal to revamp existing legislation to ensure it not only protects consumer privacy, but also gives law enforcement the investigative power it needs to bring some of the world's leading cybercrime rings to justice, Popa says. The proposal also calls for tougher penalties for cybercrime.

"In Canada, we have seen challenges in the prosecution in organized crime. And that is because of the layers that these international groups often have," Popa says.

While legislators are still wrangling over the legislative proposal, Popa says it could be 2015 before an updated law is passed. That's because breach notification is still a missing component.

Countries throughout the world have widely varying, and often conflicting, data protection and privacy laws that sometimes can hinder international cybercrime-fighting efforts, Popa says. Canada's legislative efforts, if successful, could serve as a model for other data protection laws throughout the world, he contends.

During his panel discussion at the Fraud Summit Toronto, which will be held Sept. 17 at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel, Popa and others will review Canadian cybercrime regulations from a global perspective. The panel discussion, "Challenges and Opportunities in Combatting Cyber Fraud in Canada," will review why the vast majority of cybercrime leaders who are apprehended are not successfully prosecuted, and why varying international laws related to cybercrime are often to blame.

Registration information is available online.

In this interview, Popa addresses:

  • Steps Canadian organizations are taking now to enhance information sharing, even without legislation;
  • Why more public education about cybercrime is needed; and
  • The types of breach-detection technologies all companies should be implementing.

Popa, CEO and principal risk advisor of Informatica Security in Toronto, specializes in network security and information risk management. He routinely consults on matters related to information security, privacy compliance, business continuity, data loss protection and governance. As the founder of KnowledgeFlow Cybersafety Education, he also works to standardize effective methods to protect and educate the public about Internet-based crimes.

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