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CyberNB: 2020/2021 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! From our first Board of Directors meeting in June to recently launching Cyber Bootcamp and our Transparency Centre initiative, CyberNB’s first year as a non-profit has been a memorable one.
 
Read our 2020/2021 Year in Review for all the highlights.

CyberNB and FutureShield Collaborate to Support Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators in Canada

CyberNB Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership with FutureShield Inc., a technology solution and consulting practice for physical & IT security, emergency management, and continuity that specializes in critical infrastructure protection. 

 

FutureShield is a Toronto-based company that has provided security and emergency manager clients with technology experience and software integration operational support for more than 30 years. President and Founder Cynthia Weeden will drive awareness for CyberNB’s Critical Infrastructure Security Operations Centre (CI-SOC) with industrial security leadership across Canada, as well as with the provincial and federal government.  

 

In addition to the CI-SOC, Weeden will promote CyberNB’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Network (CIPnet) membership program. CIPnet is Canada’s most extensive network of cybersecurity stakeholders, leveraging the power of collective impact to multiply opportunities for members at home and abroad. 

 

Finally, Weeden will ensure that critical infrastructure owners and operators and industrial security executives are aware of CyberNB’s Trust & Compliance initiatives, specifically the value of obtaining cybersecurity certification and demonstrating security and resilience through CyberNB’s Transparency Centre initiative with Lightship Security. 

 

If you are a critical infrastructure owner or operator with questions about the CI-SOC, CIPnet, or cybersecurity certification, please contact Cynthia Weeden at info@futureshield.com.

CyberNB | CIPnet becomes Associate Partner in Charter of Trust

CyberNB | CIPnet has been formally approved by the Charter of Trust membership to join its ranks as an Associate Partner. The Charter of Trust is an organization initiated by Siemens in 2018 because of increasing exposure to cyber-attacks in daily life. Today, its members have transformed it into a unique initiative of leading global companies and organizations working together to make the digital world of tomorrow safer.

 

“Acceptance into the Charter of Trust is a significant achievement for our organization,” said Tyson Johnson, CEO, CyberNB | CIPnet. “Our vision, mandate, and 4-pillar strategy are closely aligned with the 10 principles of the Charter of Trust, and we appreciate the recognition of this by our global industry peers.”

 

Siemens Canada supported CyberNB | CIPnet’s candidacy into the Charter of Trust, and three of the Charter’s founding members – Siemens, IBM, and CISCO – are also members of CyberNB’s CIPnet (Critical Infrastructure Protection Network).

 

More information about the Charter of Trust and its 10 Principles that are fundamental to a secure digital world can be found at https://www.charteroftrust.com/about/.

Teams from Nashwaaksis Middle School place 1st and 2nd in National CyberTitan Championship

Congratulations to the CyberDragons teams from Nashwaaksis Middle School, who placed 1st and 2nd in the CyberTitan National Middle School Division Championships. 

 

The CyberDragons1 team pictured at left (Peyton Jardine-Tobin, Mattias Zaat, Matthew Golden, Simone Dickeson, and Anthony Cruickshank) won first place in the national cybersecurity competition, earning them a spot at the High School CyberTitan national competition held virtually later this spring. 

 

The CyberDragons2 team (Cameron Rogers, Graydon Andrew, Aiden Daley, and Cameron Lockhart) are the first ALL GRADE 6 TEAM to place nationally in the competition. Definitely a team to keep an eye on in next year’s competition! 

Frontline Safety and Security Article

New Brunswick Office of the Fire Marshal, in partnership with DRDC’s Canadian Safety & Security Program, CyberNB, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, and Emergency Solutions International (ESI) Collaborate on Initiative to Ensure Secure Shipment of Hazardous Materials

 

Between 2009 and 2011, community risk assessments were conducted by Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC) across Canada. It was determined the top challenges around accidents during ground transportation of Hazardous Materials were:

  • Incidents often required resources beyond the community’s capabilities; 
  • Responders often were challenged to identify detailed specifics about the load;
  • Incidents caused costly disruption to the supply chain, such as closure of critical trucking routes, while materials were identified and tactical mitigation was performed.

Link to full article:  https://security.frontline.online/news/16002/trucked-hazmat

CyberNB | CIPnet invited to join the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

Newly-formed working groups will grow the community, improve supporters’ cybersecurity and further commitment to a peaceful cyberspace

 

CyberNB | CIPnet is pleased to join more than 375 organizations from 79 countries across the globe on the Paris Call. The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is a global initiative to come together to face the new threats endangering citizens and infrastructure. Working Groups give supporters of the Call the opportunity to engage in a concrete way, giving substance to the principles of the Call. CyberNB | CIPnet will join Working Group 6 on Concrete Tools for Supporters, initially focusing its work on the security of ICT products and services.

 

When the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, announced the creation of Working Groups at the Paris Peach Forum in November, he stressed that it is only through the involvement of all stakeholders that we will be able to achieve a free, open and secure cyberspace. This mandate aligns with CyberNB | CIPnet’s mission to collaborate with industry, government and academia for society’s common good – the collective advancement of the cybersecurity sector and organizations committed to keeping cyberspace safe.

 

Our CI-SOC initiative, specifically, enables critical infrastructure partners to improve their individual and collective cybersecurity by coordinating threat intelligence to stop more attacks, detect attacks earlier, contain breaches faster, reduce breach impact and recover more quickly. Read more here: https://cybernb.ca/CI-SOC.htm

CyberHatch Incubator & Accelerator to Grow Cybersecurity Talent in New Brunswick

New program from CyberNB will invest millions, drive immigration and create jobs in the province

 

December 3, 2020 – Fredericton, NB – CyberNB Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of CyberHatch, a cybersecurity incubator and accelerator program that will be housed in the newly constructed Cyber Centre beginning in Q1 2021. Supporting partners include Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel syndicate in the world, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), Knowledge Park, and Mitacs, who will contribute millions of dollars per year along with industry mentorship to companies entering CyberHatch. Planet Hatch and Keiretsu Forum will also provide visa sponsorship for global companies entering the incubator or accelerator.

 

Cohorts of five companies will enter CyberHatch at a time, with four cohorts expected per year. Eligible companies will be start-ups or scale-ups, specifically those involved in the development of secure technologies for the protection of critical infrastructure. Companies from anywhere in the world are invited to apply, and those who qualify will relocate their founders and executives to New Brunswick to work, collaborate and have their technologies tested and validated at the Cyber Centre.

 

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In-Sec-M partners with CyberNB’s CIPnet to strengthen cybersecurity for critical infrastructure protection in Canada

December 2, 2020 – Fredericton, NB:  National cybersecurity industry clusters, In-Sec-M and CyberNB are proud to announce the recent signing of a partnership agreement that will see the two organizations and their members collaborate on cybersecurity initiatives in Canada.

 

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CyberNB Signs a Memorandum With the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine on the Development of a Cyber Security Initiative

Fredericton, NB: CyberNB announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with the Administration of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine to empower members of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Network (CIPnet) to cooperate and collaborate in the development of Ukraine's cybersecurity sector. This agreement provides a major opportunity for CyberNB–a non-governmental, non-profit corporation–and its pan-Canadian CIPnet members, to provide the Ukrainian side with high-quality assistance in knowledge, technology, and equipment.

 

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Rogers and City of Fredericton Launch First 5G Network in Atlantic Canada

Rogers 5G network, powered by Ericsson, expands to Fredericton, making it the first in Atlantic Canada

 

Ignite Fredericton’s 5G enabled Cybersecurity Innovation Lab at Knowledge Park will drive innovation, in partnership with CyberNB

 

Next generation 5G network technology will drive productivity, fuel innovation and power New Brunswick’s economy to compete

 

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (September 24, 2020) – Rogers Communications and the City of Fredericton today announced 5G is now available on Canada’s most trusted and reliable network in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Rogers 5G network, powered by Ericsson, is the largest in Canada, now in more than 60 cities and towns across the country and reaching more markets by year-end. Rogers has also partnered with Ignite Fredericton on providing 5G to its Innovation Lab at the Cyber Centre in Knowledge Park, which will be run by CyberNB.

 

Read full release here

N.B.’s Future is Cyber

By Tyson Johnson

 

The provincial election has us thinking about priorities for the future, and cybersecurity should be at the top of any party’s economic growth strategy. Cybersecurity is already booming in New Brunswick and is poised to play a much more significant role in our provincial economy, with future job prospects in the thousands and a push to be the national cybersecurity epicentre underway.

National epicentre, you say?

 

Yes. This is a realistic goal backed by a strong track record.

 

While the idea of New Brunswick as a national digital leader may challenge your perception of our economy as one rooted in natural resources and energy, cybersecurity isn’t a promising pipe dream. It’s already proven by years of strategic growth.

 

And if you think cybersecurity is only for techies or is the stuff of blockbuster thrillers about international hackers or the dark web, think again.

 

We all live with cybersecurity every day. Life as we know it would grind to a halt without it.

 

See PDF version of the article here

 

Read the full article on TJ.news 

 

Growth, Collaboration and Results in Cybersecurity are happening in New Brunswick, Canada

"Thanks to the efforts of CyberNB, the mandated agency to focus on growing the cybersecurity ecosystem in New Brunswick and beyond, the province is proudly leveraging the expertise of industry, academia, not-for-profits, and all levels of government to built out cybersecurity programs from K-12 levels, post-secondary, and continuous education categories."

 

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The evolution continues. Meet CyberNB 3.0

CyberNB has evolved into an independent non-profit with Canada’s most extensive cybersecurity membership program.

This is the independent organization that will take Canada’s cybersecurity industry to the next level. We are a super-connector between business, government and academia, multiplying opportunities at home and abroad for our members and partners. 

 

CyberNB was founded in 2016 as a program of ONB, New Brunswick’s provincial economic development agency. It has evolved since that time, growing exponentially as it proved its value, coordinating success for partners and ecosystem stakeholders.

 

CyberNB 2.0 marked the step from program to organization. As a provincial crown corporation, we continued to add value, driving synergies and devising original solutions across the network. 

 

Now, the time has come to emerge as an independent national organization with global connections. CyberNB 3.0 is a non-profit overseen by a board of directors composed of leaders in business, government and academia from across Canada. This new iteration marks the launch of CIPnet, our membership program, and Canada’s most extensive network of cybersecurity stakeholders for critical infrastructure protection.