Canada and the United States recently announced the Cybersecurity Action Plan Between Public Safety Canada and the Department of Homeland Security.

"Through the plan, Washington and Ottawa hope to improve collaboration on managing cyber incidents between their respective cyber security operation centers, enhance information sharing and engagement with the private sector and pursue US-Canadian collaboration to promote cyber security awareness to the public," AFP reports.

"Critical infrastructure is shared between the US and Canada, and lies in both public and private sector hands," writes SC Magazine's Tom Espiner. "The plan will see the US and Canada jointly conduct private sector briefings, and share information with the private sector through standardised protocols."

"The Cybersecurity Action Plan reinforces the robust relationship between DHS and Public Safety Canada," U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing our work together to increase the resiliency of our networks, enhance public-private partnerships, and build a culture of shared responsibility."

"This isn’t the first step in enhancing the collaborative efforts between the US and Canada," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "In February 2011, both countries signed a declaration called 'Beyond the Border: A Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competiveness.'"