Erika Ibrahim, The Canadian Press

Posted Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 12:03 p.m. EST

OTTAWA – The Office of Secretary to Governor General Mary Simon confirms that its internal network was infringethrough unauthorized access.

In a statement Thursday, the office said it was working with experts and “pursuing further improvements to the network” as needed and as the nature and scope of the infringe is still under review.

The Canadian Center for Cyber ​​Security is involved in the investigation and the office of the Secretary to the Governor General said it acted immediately to “strengthen its network.”

The office said the personal information of “everyone who works and interacts with” the office is a priority.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner has also been informed of the infringe.

Vito Pilieci, a spokesperson for the Privacy Commissioner, said in an email Thursday that he did not have jurisdiction over the office of the Governor General because he was not subject to the Privacy Act. personal informations.

However, they “welcome the opportunity to engage with the office of the governor general and offer all the support and advice they ask for,” Pilieci said.

Ian McCowan became Secretary to the Governor General in February 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 2, 2021.