Policy, Advocacy and Annual Reports

ITAC undertakes important policy and advocacy work to promote the growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. It actively engages with political leaders and government staff at all levels to inform them of why it is important to maintain a strong, innovative and growing ICT industry in Canada. We are actively engaged with federal government as it transforms and procures more modern and effective services. As a result our input is consistently sought and heard by government – a tribute to our thoughtful policy formulation and our effective advocacy of well-founded industry positions. As information and communication technology becomes increasingly important to the Canadian economy, we must help government to anticipate the ICT trends with policy initiatives that serve to strengthen our economy and our industry.

Please contact Christine Leonard for more information.

Operation Safety-Net

Operation Safety-Net, is a cooperative global effort by industry and government experts outlining the online threats currently facing the world along with the proven best practices to mitigate them. The report was jointly developed by the Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and the London Action Plan (LAP), and describes the latest recommendations to protect users and networks from illicit Internet, mobile and telephony attacks.

The international community collaboratively developed the report in a public-private partnership led by Andre Leduc, VP Government Relations and Policy, ITAC.  Industry experts from M3AAWG, LAP and other organizations, such as CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email) and the APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group), also contributed.

Written in plain language, Operation Safety-Net focuses on five areas and their related best practices.  Some examples of the proven industry practices to combat these threats include:

  1.  Malware and Botnets
  • Among the most serious threats to the Internet economy, malware and bots can alter their characteristics so that even anti-abuse experts are not able to detect them.
  • Following industry best practices, the report encourages Internet Service Providers to notify customers of bots on their systems and also recommends the blocking of port 25.
  1.  Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Phishing schemes are going after increasingly more valuable data and high-value targets.
  • Among the industry best practices to curtain fraud from phishing, the report recommends prompt breach reporting.
  1.  Internet Protocol and Domain Name System (DNS) Exploits
  • The worse DNS exploits involve bad actors redirecting Internet traffic to fake versions of popular websites.
  • The report supports the worldwide deployment of DNSSEC (DNS Security) and recommends keeping DNS software updated.
  1.  Mobile, Voice over IP (VoIP) and Telephony Threats
  • Robocall scams are becoming more severe and new technology is also contributing to a growing number of Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS) attacks.
  • The report recommends the development of international threat information exchanges and developing facilities to report these newly emerging schemes.
  1.  Hosting and Cloud Threats
  • Online and mobile threats exploiting hosting and cloud services include spam, spamvertising, phishing, hacked websites, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) and other attacks.
  • The report suggests possibly implementing hardware-based intrusion detection systems (IDS) and software-based security scans and firewalls.

The report also includes a report on best practices to address Online Harassment.

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ITAC Annual Review


Policy Papers

The Internet of Things – Time for a National Discourse, A 2015 ITAC whitepaper.

Canada’s ICT Sector and the Digital Economy : Recommendations – An April 2015 presentation to Government

PDF file Canada’s ICT Sector and the Digital Economy – A February 2015 ITAC review of the State of the Industry

Robert Half Salary Guide 2015
Seizing Canada’s Moment: Science and Technology Policy Reboot, December 2014
Digital Canada 150: A Government of Canada look at the Digital Landscape, 2014

Canada 2017!: A Digital Nation Building Strategy, presentation to Industry Canada in 2013.