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RCMP To Get Millions From Federal Cybersecurity Funding

07/22/2015 04:48 EDT | Updated 07/22/2016 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - An RCMP investigative team to combat high-priority cybercrime is among the initiatives that will benefit from more than $142 million in federal cybersecurity spending.

Public Safety Canada says the Mounties' ability to detect and fight online crime will also get a boost through better training, technical support and intelligence capacity.

In addition, the department says the new money will go towards securing essential computer systems outside of the government.

The federally run Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre will develop real-time automated feeds, providing the private sector with additional — and more prompt — threat information.

The latest money is in addition to more than $94 million in cybersecurity funding announced in the April federal budget.

It comes as the government grapples with denial-of-service attacks that have taken the websites of several federal agencies temporarily offline.

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