Reaffirmation of National Standard of Canada: Data Governance and Protection

TORONTO – The Digital Governance Standards Institute is pleased to announce the reaffirmation of CAN/DGSI 100-1:2020 (R2023), Data governance – Part 1: Data centric security. This National Standard of Canada remains a vital framework that sets forth essential requirements for the design and performance of data protection solutions.

“The National Standard of Canada reinforces the importance of a data-centric security approach, ensuring that sensitive data and information are shielded from falling into the wrong hands. The Digital Governance Standards Institute remains committed to promoting data governance and protection, continuously adapting to the evolving cybersecurity landscape and collaborating with experts to ensure that organizations are equipped to mitigate risks and safeguard their digital assets effectively.”

Darryl Kingston, Executive Director, Digital Governance Standards Institute

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, organizations face an ever-increasing need to share data for various purposes, ranging from operational efficiencies to making informed business decisions. However, the prevalence of data breaches, unauthorized access, and inadvertent data misuse poses significant challenges for governments and businesses alike. This National Standard of Canada plays a pivotal role in safeguarding sensitive data assets by outlining fundamental characteristics and attributes necessary for data protection solutions.

The 2020 standard was reconfirmed by the Digital Governance Standards Institute Technical Committee 1 on data governance, comprising over 250 thought leaders and experts from across the country, this standard encompasses data protection measures for data at-rest, in-use, and in-motion across diverse platforms and IT systems, both within and between organizations.

“As we confront cybercriminals, we must stand fearlessly to protect our work and our nation. This renewed standard underscores the need for unwavering vigilance and provides a minimum set of standards to safeguard digital assets.

Nandini Jolly, President and CEO of CryptoMill Cybersecurity Solutions

The National Standard of Canada, CAN/DGSI 100-1:2020 (R2023), is readily accessible to all organizations at no cost, and it is available in both official languages of Canada. To view the standard, please click here.


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

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