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Cybersecurity incidents impact BC Government

"The government is working closely with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) and other agencies to determine the extent of the incidents"~ Premier David Eby

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Cyber security refers to every aspect of protecting an organization and its employees and assets against cyber threats.
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Wednesday May 8, 2024 | VICTORIA, BC [Posted at 6:30 pm]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

[See update on May 10, 2024 – link to come]


Pretty much all your personal data is held by the BC Government in some form or another, including medical and taxation-related.

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Premier David Eby in the BC Legislative Assembly on May 8, 2024. [Hansard livestream]

Some BC government networks have been exposed to “sophisticated cybersecurity incidents”, it was revealed today in a news release at 5:50 pm.

However, the Premier says “there is no evidence at this time that sensitive information has been compromised”.

Last week all government employees were directed to change their passwords.

Apparently there is no connection to the London Drugs cybersecurity incident that was resolved today after 10 days.

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Premier’s Statement on the cybersecurity incidents:

Premier David Eby has released the following statement regarding cybersecurity incidents:

“Recently, the Government of B.C. has identified sophisticated cybersecurity incidents involving government networks.

“The government is working closely with the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) and other agencies to determine the extent of the incidents and implement additional measures to safeguard data and information systems. We have also informed the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

“There is no evidence at this time that sensitive information has been compromised. However, the investigation is ongoing and we have more work to do to determine what information may have been accessed.

“I want to assure British Columbians that the protection of data and networks is a top priority for our government. Cybersecurity threats are a constant reality of the modern world and continue to grow in seriousness.

“I know the public will have many questions about these incidents, and we will be as transparent as we can without compromising the investigation. As this complex work proceeds, government will provide British Columbians with updates and information as we are able.”

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BC Legislative Buildings in Victoria, BC / Nov 2023. [Mary P Brooke / Island Social Trends]
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