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Chief Security Officers: Strategic Security Leaders and Partners


The updated Policy on Government Security came into effect on July 1, 2019. The policy is key to protecting information, assets and people in support of the trusted delivery of government programs and services.

In addition to streamlining policy instruments and rules and clarifying roles and responsibilities, the updated policy now requires deputy heads to designate a Chief Security Officer (CSO), a new role, to provide strategic leadership, coordination and oversight of departmental security management practices.

Chief Security Officers are invited to join the discussion of their responsibilities and expectations for this new strategic risk-management leadership role. Find out how it contributes to the achievement of government security policy requirements.


  • Francis Bilodeau, Assistant Secretary, Digital Policy and Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Dominic Fortescue, Government Chief Security Officer, United Kingdom
  • Johanne Bray, Assistant Deputy Minister, Departmental Oversight Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Paul Lynd, Chief Security Officer, Canadian Security Intelligence Service
  • Patrick Tanguy, Assistant Deputy Minister, Emergency Management and Programs, Public Safety Canada


Christopher Bozik, Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service

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