On White Rock's Cybersecurity
As part of my election platform, I’ve talked about ways to make it easier for citizens to report issues they come across in the city such as burnt out street lights, potholes, cracked sidewalks and more. I’ve also had a wide range of other suggestions for modernizing the city and providing a more modern experience to our residents.
White Rock actually does a better job than I would have expected on this front, with a Certified Information Security Professional on staff. However given that the city captures information such as names, addresses, contact information (telephone numbers, email addresses) and driving license data from residents I believe an external audit is worthwhile.
If you think that this is just far-fetched fear mongering, the District of West Vancouver revealed last month that their website has been hosting malicious software since July 15th, 2013. For over 5 years it’s possible that anyone who has entered their data into the district’s website has had that information stolen. West Vancouver believes over 4,700 people may have been affected.
While it may not be as exciting, or as popular, as some of my policies I believe that the city should regularly be getting an independent assessment of its online security to ensure your data is protected.
On October 20th vote for an independent candidate looking to White Rock’s future.