National-level cybersecurity – architecture and results from a uniquely Canadian service

Presented by Mark Gaudet as a part of the 2020 Serene-risc Workshop on The State of Canadian Cybersecurity Conference: Human-Centric Cybersecurity.

About the presentation

Join Mark Gaudet, Cybersecurity Services Team Leader at CIRA as he walks through some of the Canadian threat landscape and the role of the DNS in delivering security, privacy and data sovereignty.

This will include a review of the CIRA Canadian Shield, a new and free cybersecurity and privacy service delivered solely from servers in Canada and exclusively for Canadian individuals and households. Join us as we walk through the history, technical architecture, and deployment of the service in April 2020. It will include information about how privacy is maintained and how we are working with the CCCS to share threat data and improve security for all Canadians.

And finally, we will review some of the DNS traffic, malware and phishing, and privacy data we are seeing with CIRA Canadian Shield users and compare that data with what we are seeing with the commercial service to see how household risk differs from organizational risk.

About the speaker

Mark Gaudet leads the cybersecurity services team at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). Mark holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queens University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. Mark’s extensive experience in DNS management began as one of the founders of a start-up that developed NetID, one of the first enterprise DNS, DHCP and IP address management products. He also sits on the board of directors for the Halifax IXP.