Digital Governance Standards Institute Reaffirms National Standard for Cybersecurity of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Devices

In today’s digital age, organizations are faced with online threats from cyber criminals that could jeopardize their lines of business and expose personal and sensitive data. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices need to have adequate protection to minimize such threats.

” We have seen a significant increase in the growing use of and spend on IIoT devices coupled with a lack of global cybersecurity standards which has created new challenges.  Cybersecurity is integral to safeguarding Canadian citizens, their information, economy and critical infrastructure. The need has never been greater as threats evolve and threaten to disrupt our daily lives. Developing and implementing global cybersecurity rules for sensors and IIoT devices has become challenging but necessary in order to be able to respond to threat of attacks on critical infrastructure through existing IIoT devices. CAN/DGSI 105 provides a consolidated overview of key security features and practices that are recommended as industry standards and best practices.” – Darryl Kingston, Executive Director , Digital Governance Standards Institute (DGSI)

The Digital Governance Standards Institute is pleased to announce the reaffirmation  of a new National Standard of Canada that specifies the minimum cyber security controls for the design and operation of IIoT devices to meet requirements for security, safety, confidentiality, integrity, and availability for the electrical sector.

The National Standard of Canada, CAN/DGSI 105:2022 (R 2024) Cybersecurity of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Devices, is intended for organizations that are planning to acquire new IIoT devices or equipment embedding IIoT devices. he Standard is part of the Natural Resources Canada multi-year investment under the Cyber Security and Critical Energy Infrastructure Program to address vulnerabilities in our critical energy infrastructure.

“With disruptive innovations happening across Canada and over the world, Over the coming years, more and more IIoT devices are surfacing and becoming an integral part of everyday life. They often carry important and high-valued information, for the users as well as for other stakeholders, that needs to be safeguarded and protected. We have seen many data and cybersecurity breaches occur in the past that have posed threats to people and organizations, costing millions of dollars to resolve. This National Standard of Canada provides guidance to organizations concerning the implementation of sound cybersecurity measures needed to protect their IIoT devices and prevent future cyber-attacks.” – Gurvinder Chopra, Vice President- Standards and Regulation, Electro-Federation Canada (EFC)


For media inquiries:

Darryl Kingston
Executive Director
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact


About Electro-Federation Canada

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association that represents over 220 member companies that manufacture, distribute, market, and sell a wide range of electrical and automation products. EFC members contribute over $10B to the Canadian economy and employ over 43,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities across the country. EFC empowers the industry with market intelligence, professional development, and a voice for advocacy and standards advancement within a safe, collaborative environment.

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