Supplementary Estimates B 2019-20 – Appearance Before the House Standing Committee on National Defense

2019-20 SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (B)

LINE ITEM: Transfer from Shared Services Canada to CSE for the Digital Communications and Collaboration Program

  • To enable the effective delivery of critical programs and services to Canadians, the Government of Canada needs access to modern and reliable digital communications and collaboration services.
  • At the same time, Canadians rely on the Government of Canada to provide secure digital services.
  • In this effort, Shared Services Canada is transferring $4.7M to the Communications Security Establishment in these Estimates to support security monitoring for the cloud based Digital Communications and Collaboration Program.
  • This program will help ensure that Government of Canada departments using various cloud services will be able to communicate securely up to the Protected B classification.
  • CSE continues to assess its role in DCCP and avenues for funding requirements.
 

DETAILS

  • The Government of Canada (GC) is committed to continuing to invest in cyber security to ensure that GC data is protected and secure.
  • CSE’s 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates (B) include a transfer of $4.7M from Shared Services Canada to support security monitoring for the cloud based Digital Communications and Collaboration Program (DCCP).
  • In support of this program, CSE is responsible for the development of the cyber security services and incident management capabilities necessary to protect cloud-based services.
  • CSE continues to assess its future role in DCCP and avenues for funding requirements.

EXPECTED RESULTS

  • As a result of CSE services in support of DCCP, government departments using various cloud services will have assurance that they are communicating and collaborating on a secure environment which will protect the data of the GC and of Canadians.

LINKAGES TO DIGITAL GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

  • The objectives of the Digital Communications and Collaboration Platform are in alignment with the Government of Canada’s (GC) Strategic Plan for Information Management and Information Technology, which aims to improve programs and services for Canadians and GC employees by developing a more modern, reliable, interoperable and accessible IM-IT environment.
  • It is also in line with the GC’s Cloud Adoption Strategy, which seeks to make adopting cloud services the preferred option for delivering IT services, while managing security risks to safeguard Canadians’ data and privacy