Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections (SITE) Task Force

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Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections Task Force - Partner Roles

Leading to Election 2019

CSE Communications Security Establishment

Mandate/Role

Information Technology Security

  • Providing advice, guidance, and services to help ensure the protection of electronic information and of systems of importance

Foreign Intelligence

  • Collection of foreign intelligence for Government of Canada on threat actors

Supporting CSIS and RCMP

  • Providing assistance on technical operations

Activities

  • Providing intelligence and cyber assessments on the intentions, activities, and capabilities of foreign threat actors
  • Protecting Government systems and networks related to elections through cyber defence measures
  • Providing cyber security advice and guidance to political parties, provinces and other institutions involved in democratic processes

CSIS Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Mandate/Role

Intelligence and Threat Reduction

  • Collection of information about foreign influenced activities that are detrimental to the interest of Canada and are clandestine or deceptive or involve a threat to any person
  • Countering such activities through threat reduction measures

Intelligence Assessment

  • Providing advice, intelligence reporting and intelligence assessments to Government of Canada about foreign influenced activities

Activities

  • Providing threat briefings and intelligence reporting to Elections Canada and the Commissioner of Elections
  • Providing an assessment of hostile state activity methodologies and capabilities to Government of Canada decision makers

GAC Global Affairs Canada G7 Rapid Response Mechanism

Mandate/Role

  • Open source research on global trends and data on threats to democracy
  • Partnership with G7 countries to share information and coordinate responses to threats as appropriate

Activities

  • Providing research on disinformation campaigns targeting Canada by foreign actors
  • Reporting on global trends, metrics, and incidents
  • Coordinating attribution of incidents

     

RCMP Royal Canadian Mounted Police National Security

Mandate/Role

  • The primary responsibility for preventing, detecting, denying and responding to national security-related criminal threats in Canada
  • Investigates criminal offenses arising from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and foreign influenced activities
  • The key investigatory body for Elections Canada if criminal activity is suspected

Activities

  • Investigates any criminal activity related to interference or influence of Canada’s electoral processes
  • Works closely in partnership with intelligence, law enforcement and regulatory agencies

Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections Task Force

What are we talking about ?

  • Covert, clandestine, or criminal activities interfering with or influencing electoral processes in Canada

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