Communications Security Establishment releases Annual Report 2022-2023

News release

Ottawa, Ontario, June 29, 2023 - The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) today released its unclassified, public annual report for 2022 to 2023.

This report provides an overview of what CSE and its Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (Cyber Centre) have done this fiscal year to protect Canada from foreign-based threats.

Examples include:

  • exposing Russia’s ongoing disinformation efforts and providing cyber security support to Ukraine and Latvia
  • working with partners to combat foreign interference and protect our democracy
  • raising awareness of threats to Canada’s critical infrastructure and helping secure our country’s most important systems
  • leading efforts to increase Canadians’ digital resilience and cyber skills
  • promoting constant innovation through new research initiatives

Over the past year, CSE also made significant efforts to grow and diversify its workforce through a range of recruitment and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, such as flexible work options, a new EDI framework and a pilot sponsorship program for Black, Indigenous and racialized employees.

CSE is committed to being as open and transparent as possible. While some aspects of its work must remain classified, the 2022-2023 annual report represents an important step towards increased transparency about its activities.


“CSE contributed significantly to Canada’s defence priorities this year, providing key support to our response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the coming years, CSE will play an important role in Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy, helping regional partners develop their cyber security capacity. This report showcases some of the invaluable work that goes on at CSE every day to protect Canada and Canadians. For the achievements outlined in this report, and for those that must remain secret, CSE has my deepest respect and sincerest thanks.”

- The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“As CSE’s new chief, I’m very proud of what we have accomplished this past fiscal year. From hostile state activity like foreign interference to cybercrime, it’s no secret that the threats we face are real. Canadians need to know they can trust CSE to counter them effectively, lawfully and ethically. I hope this report gives Canadians a sense of the diligence, skill and constant innovation that go into doing just that.”

- Caroline Xavier, Chief, CSE

Quick facts

  • From 2022 to 2023, CSE produced over 3,000 foreign intelligence reports to alert and inform the Government of Canada about foreign-based threats and global events affecting Canada.

  • From 2022 to 2023, CSE’s Cyber Centre responded to 2,089 cyber security incidents affecting federal institutions (957) and critical infrastructure partners (1,132). 

  • In 2022, CSE received 4 Ministerial Authorizations to carry out foreign cyber operations.

  • In 2022, CSE’s Cyber Centre published a new National Cyber Threat Assessment which identifies key trends in the cyber threat landscape.

  • CSE’s automated defences protected the Government of Canada from 2.3 trillion malicious actions, an average of 6.3 billion a day.

  • CSE’s 2022 to 2023 total budget was $948 million.

  • CSE’s workforce is 3,232 full-time, permanent employees.

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