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When it comes to digital government, security is a real risk. But doing security well shouldn’t mean that other parts of delivery (like how reliable the service is or how quickly new features can be released) should suffer.  At the Canadian Digital Service (CDS) we’re trying to share examples of how iterative software development and security, together, lead to better outcomes.

Here are some of those stories.

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Our key to security

The fear of someone getting hold of your passwords is real, and something that keeps security professionals up at night. In this blog post, we share how we’re using security keys to eliminate that risk (and hopefully allowing our security colleagues to sleep a little easier!)

 
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Making the checks for a safe take off
Digital security is hard, especially when you want to try something new. But like airport security, with the right checks and processes, it’s definitely manageable. This blog post explains how we’ve created a tool to automatically and continuously verify that we are meeting our security goals.

 

Try the tool!

Liked that blog post? Do you use Kubernetes and want to see how the “Security Goals” tool can help automate your team’s security and compliance checks? 

Then go ahead: fork our code! Add some checks! Help us make security fun!

 
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Start with the fundamentals.
Work towards the shiny.

While we might want to believe in new technology as a miracle cyber cure, it’s not that easy. Effective security often depends on the less-shiny tasks, like building simple systems that can be patched, and then keeping them patched. Our Head of Security writes about how we’ve applied this approach to one of the products we worked on to track web security compliance.

 

In the community:

DrupalCamp
October 18, Ottawa

How to prepare for the government workforce of 2030

October 31, online 

ProductCamp Ottawa 2019

November 2, Ottawa

FWD50 2019
November 5-7, Ottawa

UX Edmonton
November 15 -16, Edmonton

Service Design Guild
The Ontario Public Service

Let's chat security. 

If security is an area of interest to you, feel free to reach out to our Security Engineering team to chat more. 
 



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We're looking for a Head of Product Management, a Partnerships Advisor, a Technical Writer, and more!  If you think one of these could be you, apply to join the team.

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