Critical energy infrastructure protection in Canada


  1. Gendron, A.
  2. Johnston, P.F.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Various government Ministers have affirmed the importance government attaches to the protection of critical energy infrastructure. Nine years after the attacks on 11 September 2001 first focused attention on the potential vulnerability of infrastructure and the economic, social and political consequences of a failure of assurance, a strategy has still not been approved and the assets requiring protection not yet identified. While due respect must be given to the jurisdictional authorities which have been established by the Constitution, international terrorism and newly emerging global threats such as electronic attacks on IT and communication systems have only increased the urgency for Canada to have in place a proactive, seamless system for the protection of those energy assets and services which are so vital to Canada’s well-being and prosperity, and North American security. The effectiveness of the draft Strategy and Action Plan proposed by Public Safety Canada will depend upon the voluntary participation of the various public and private sector stakeholders and the extent to which a culture of information sharing and collaboration can be inculcated. Arguably, this is a passive and reactive Plan which gives insufficient attention to deterring and preventing malicious attacks on infrastructure.

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Infrastructure;All-hazards Risk;Counterterrorism;Anti-terrorism;Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection (CEIP);Critical Infrastructure;Critical Infrastructure Protection;Critical National Infrastructure;Economic impact;Cyber-attack;Cyber-security;Cyberterrorism;North American Free Trade Agreement;SCADA;Risk analysis;Interagency coordination;Infrastructure attack
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-CR-2010-274 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
14 Dec 2010
Number of Pages
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