Cryptographic Services

CSEC is the lead agency on cryptography for the Government of Canada (GC). We analyze and approve cryptographic algorithms for the protection of all sensitive information processed by GC information technology systems. CSEC, through its Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) and Canadian Common Criteria Scheme (CCS), provides commercially assured IT cryptographic products for the use of safeguarding sensitive information.

CSEC is also responsible for approving the use of cryptographic equipment and supplying keying material and related documentation to federal government institutions that handle classified information, and to industry where a government contract or federal sponsorship or partnership exists. CSEC, through the Cryptomaterial Management and Assistance Center (CMAC), provides GC departments and Allies with a single point-of-contact for all CSEC cryptomaterial management services.

Cryptomaterial Management and Assistance Centre (CMAC)

The implementation of the Government of Canada Electronic Key Management System (GC EKMS) and recent changes to CSEC's organizational structure resulted in the establishment of the Crypto Material Assistance Centre (CMAC) in June 2001.

CSEC, as the national authority for COMSEC material for Canada, operates the Canadian Central Facility (CCF). The CCF provides COMSEC material management related functions to users, and is responsible for the overall management of the GC EKMS. The CMAC is located within the CCF, and is the single point of contact for the National Central Office of Records (NCOR), Cryptomaterial Ordering and Privilege Management, and Assistance Centre.

The CMAC is your "front door" for all cryptomaterial management inquiries and problems. Please do not hesitate to contact us. The CMAC is available from 8:00 A.M to 16:00 (EST and EDT) Monday to Friday. During off hours an answering machine will record messages that staff will respond to the next business day.