Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (CSTAC)

In support of two key Government of Canada initiatives, the National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure and Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy, the Canadian Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (CSTAC) was established in November 2010.

CSTAC allows the private and public sectors to exchange information and collaborate strategically on current and evolving issues that may affect the telecommunications infrastructure, including cyber security threats. Membership includes senior executives from the Canadian telecommunications industry, Industry Canada, Communications Security Establishment Canada, Public Safety Canada, Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Privy Council Office.

To contact CSTAC's Secretariat, please email CSTAC/

October 2013 — CSTAC's telecommunications industry members developed a Canadian Telecommunications Service Providers' (TSP) Security Best Practices, a series of voluntary measures designed to provide guidance to service providers on implementing the appropriate level of network security required to meet their customers' needs. These best practices are intended to be a baseline against which service providers can evaluate their existing network security policies. This document will be regularly reviewed and assessed against industry developments and technological advances to ensure they remain relevant and useful.
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