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.  

cyber security Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Katherine Todd

Quantum Computing Revolution: Risks and Prospects

Although quantum computing offers exciting new ways to predict, compute, and simulate data, their potential ability to decipher passwords make them an emerging threat to the security of individuals and states; the international ‘arms’ race for quantum technology raises questions about how to educate the public about these inventions and regulate them.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Intelligence & National Security Jordan McEwen Society, Culture, and Security

Rising Right-wing Extremism at Home and Abroad: A Global Perspective to Canada’s Freedom Convoy Protest

In this article, Jordan McEwen highlights the growth of right-wing extremist violence by looking at the Freedom Convoy Protest earlier this year.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Canada’s Digital Divide and Security Risks

Digital Divide French philosopher Montesquieu noted that only democratic societies require the “whole power” of education, considering despotic regimes depend on propaganda instead of education. Many years later, in 2016, the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) dilatorily recognized internet access as a basic Canadian right, a catalyst for innovation, and a crucial element of Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

A Changing World Order

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has produced and accelerated significant geopolitical shifts that increase the chances of a future military conflict between NATO and non-NATO countries in an international system that was not suffering from a shortage of tensions. Events in Europe continue to unfold very quickly. So far, though, the international response to Russia’s war Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Is Canada Helpless Against BGP Hijacks?

Canada & BGP Hijacking For over a decade (2010, 2018, 2019, 2020), China has quietly shown a pattern of hijacking global data flows by redirecting them through servers located in China, sometimes for minutes, other times for much longer, where the data could be copied onto Chinese Communist Party (CCP) networks and decrypted at leisure.  One of the Read More…

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats

Zero Trust Networks: A New Normal for Cybersecurity?

What is Zero Trust in cybersecurity, and what are the reasons for the Biden administration’s push towards a Zero Trust architecture? In this article, Bryan Roh explains some of the reasons why the Zero Trust security model is gaining momentum in both the public and private sectors.

Cyber Security and Emerging Threats Eastern Europe and Russia

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.