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Policy report: how to secure a country against digital hacks

Cyber security is the new frontline in defending the nation. So how do we protect it?

By Emily Lawford   July 2021

Photo: CSueb / Alamy Stock Photo

When Texas-based technology company SolarWinds was targeted by a cyber-attack in early 2020, the effects were far-reaching. The hackers, believed to be Russian state-backed cyber spies, were able not only to spy on sectors of the US government, including the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, but also to attack private companies, hospitals and a US university. Pensions were also impacted: Canada’s largest public pension fund, which had recently bought a stake in SolarWinds, lost $100m after the attack.  

Both parties now acknowledge that cyber security is an important risk, as both Ben Wallace and…

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