IGF 2023 Lightning Talk #81 Canadian data, global lessons: Here's what we can do to improve cybersecurity

Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (00:10 UTC) - Wednesday, 11th October, 2023 (00:40 UTC)
SC – Room H

Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
Cyberattacks, Cyberconflicts and International Security
New Technologies and Risks to Online Security

Byron Holland (CEO & President), Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), technical community, North America 

Charles Noir (VP, Community Investment, Policy & Advocacy), CIRA, technical community, North America 


Byron Holland 

Onsite Moderator

Charles Noir


Sabrina Wilkinson


9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Targets: The promotion and implementation of robust cybersecurity practices by international organizations and bodies, national governments, businesses, and users is integral to a safe and secure global internet. While a safe and secure global internet plays a role in all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), it is especially relevant to SDG (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Resilient internet infrastructure is necessarily protected from cyber threats.


In this lightning talk, Byron (presenter) will dive into data from the Canadian cyber threat landscape, highlight their global and cross-border relevance, and talk about what we can all do to combat cyber threats (20 minutes). Using engagement tools, Charles (onsite moderator) will moderate a discussion between Byron and participants (10 minutes).

Duration (minutes)

From malware to phishing, users, organizations, and critical infrastructure alike are facing new and sophisticated cyber threats. Research published by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and data from CIRA’s commercial and free-to-user cybersecurity offerings show just how often these groups are targeted—and what type of threats they're facing. 

Delivered by CIRA CEO and President Byron Holland and moderated by VP Charles Noir, this 30-minute lightning talk will dive into these and other threat trends we’re seeing in Canada. But the threats we’re seeing aren’t bound by Canada’s borders. Byron will also talk about what the Canadian threat landscape can tell us about cybersecurity as a global and cross-border challenge.

Keeping with the IGF 2023 theme “The Internet We Want – Empowering All People”, Byron will close by leading a discussion on how governments, organizations, and users can take steps to combat cyber attacks. Ranging from national legislation to individual users’ password hygiene, robust cybersecurity is a layered exercise. And we all play a role. 


Additional resources

1. 2022 CIRA Cybersecurity Survey

2. 2023 Canada’s Internet Factbook 

3. CIRA’s commercial cybersecurity offering, DNS Firewall

4. CIRA’s free-to-user cybersecurity offering, Canadian Shield