The NAOC’s Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Program features an in-depth analysis of latest trends, developments, and threats in international security. New security concerns are always on the horizon and our program seeks to examine these domains including global warming, natural resources, drones, urban conflicts, and cyberspace. 

The program’s mandate is to keep Canadians informed on these rapidly developing and increasingly pivotal realms that are integral to all aspects of security.  

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Democratic Backsliding in Former Communist Countries: Hungary

Signs of democratic backsliding in former communist countries in Europe have raised concern within the continent and beyond. In this second article of a three-part series on democratic backsliding, Tea Vasha explores how the justice system reform and other policy implementations in Hungary have contributed to undemocratic shifts.

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Democratic Backsliding in Former Communist Countries: Poland

Does democratic backsliding constitute a threat to the peace and security of Europe and beyond? In the first article of a three-part series, Tea Vasha analyzes the reforms implemented in Poland during the Law and Justice Party’s rule and how they have contributed to a shift away from democratic norms.

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Challenges to Cyber Resiliency Series – Diversity in Cyber Security

Are you interested in hearing about women and diversity in cyber security? Join us for the second panel of our Challenges to Cyber Resiliency Series to hear our panel of experts discuss the challenges facing diversity in cyber security and the importance of incorporating people from different backgrounds and experiences into the cyber field. Register here to Read More…

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Should cyberattacks be considered an act of war?

From the advent of the U.S.’s development and releasing of the Stuxnet virus in 2010 to the more recent attacks on critical infrastructure, such as the Colonial Pipeline, cyberattacks have become an increasingly prominent and newsworthy facet of contemporary society and international relations. While by no means novel phenomena, amidst these growing developments and in Read More…

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Colombia Protests, NATO Partnership, and Democratic Principles

Over the last two decades, NATO has advanced its enlargement policy, welcoming new members and partners. Colombia was the first – and currently, the only – Latin American country to become a NATO global partner, cooperating on issues such as cybersecurity and corruption. Both sides of this partnership work together to further their goals. Personnel Read More…

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Lukashenko’s Gambit: Embattled Belarusian President Risks National Sovereignty Amidst Increasing Isolation from the West

In this article Griffin Cornwall examines the impact of the Belarusian Government’s dramatic arrests of Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega, the increased sanctions pressure from the West this action has brought, and the potential risks to Belarus’ national sovereignty brought by President Lukashenko’s retrenchment of his relationship to his longstanding ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin

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The Need for Secure AI Design Frameworks and AI Model Security

AI technologies are becoming widely adopted in industries across the globe for their potential to revolutionize how organizations engage in business. For example, a report published in late 2020 by McKinsey suggests that organizations are increasingly viewing AI as a tool to generate value, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has further spurred business leaders to Read More…

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On Thin Ice: Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security in a Circumpolar World

In this article, author Mary Peplinski discusses the shortfalls of Canada’s Arctic policy relating to infrastructure development and national defense. The article also discusses the implications and consequences for northern communities and the Canadian public if a stronger stance towards Canadian Arctic sovereignty is not adopted.

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Mining in Greenland: Environmentalism and Development

Greenland, home to over 55,000 inhabitants, seldom appears in international media. Unbeknownst to many, Greenland is an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, with its own language (Greenlandic), government (responsible for all but monetary, foreign, and domestic policy), and economy (based on tourism and fishing). Home to a majority Inuit population, it behaves in Read More…