Notice of Intent: Development of a Publicly Available Specification for Scalable Remote Access Infrastructure

TORONTO, July 8, 2020Following the recent approval by the CIO Strategy Council’s Standards Policy Committee, this notice of intent is to inform stakeholders of the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for scalable remote access infrastructure.

A Publicly Available Specification (PAS) is developed to respond to an urgent market need, representing the consensus of subject matter experts. The PAS will be published for immediate use and serve to obtain feedback on its transition to a National Standard of Canada.

As organizations continue to react to unprecedented and unplanned shifts in their workforce to support work-from-home mandates, this specification aims to help organizations mitigate security risks and scalability demands associated with enterprise technologies used for remote access.

The PAS will provide a framework and set of characteristics which, when adopted, enable the secure and rapid scale-up of the infrastructure needed to support remote work requirements.

For more information on the proposed specification or any questions about the Council’s standards development activities, please contact Matthew MacNeil.

About CIO Strategy Council
The Council Strategy Council (CIOSC) provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally-accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at

About CIO Strategy Council Standards Policy Committee
The Standards Policy Committee governs the Council’s standardization policies, sets standardization priorities and is responsible for coordinating standards development activities by establishing, dissolving and assigning responsibility to technical committees; approving new technical work; determining priorities; and maintaining the Council’s standards policies, procedures and other rules for the technical work.


For more information:

Madi Murariu
Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
CIO Strategy Council

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