Auditor general calls for stronger federal action on cloud cybersecurity

OTTAWA — The federal auditor general says government departments have not always effectively implemented measures to ensure secure storage of information in the digital cloud.

In a report tabled in Parliament today, Karen Hogan says requirements were not always clear for putting information in the cloud — computer servers located in data centres.

Hogan says these shortcomings increase the risk of security breaches as cyberattacks become more common and sophisticated.

She urges the government to take immediate action to strengthen how it prevents, detects and responds to cyberattacks.

She says it should do this now, while departments are still in the early stages of moving personal information to the cloud.

This action includes shoring up key security controls as well as clarifying shared roles and responsibilities for cybersecurity.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2022.

The Canadian Press