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The third sectors processing power in cybersecurity policy

 

Rattling off data of cybersecurity attacks on Canadians seems an all too repetitive task. Daily, publicly available information is published on the staggering economic and human costs of cybersecurity attacks on our country, whether on small business, municipalities, individuals, or the critical infrastructure that keeps the lights on and food on the shelves. The massive demand for thousands of cyber workers that can be easily viewed by scrolling any job site or the millions of dollars lost to ransomware attacks supports the need to strengthen public policy in cybersecurity.

 

Canada is no stranger to cyber attacks. A decade ago, the federal government reported an attack requiring our Department of Finance and Treasury Board to disconnect from the Internet. It was ultimately disclosed that sensitive information was stolen and that it took over six months to recover (Hackers stole secret Canadian government data | CBC News).  In May of 2020, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Canadian Security Establishment (CSE) issued a rare joint statement highlighting the elevated level of risk to the cyber security of Canadian health organizations involved in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic[1]. The report highlighted that CSIS saw an “increased risk of foreign interference and espionage due to the extraordinary effort of our businesses and research centres,” to confront the Pandemic with evidence-based science. The tip of the iceberg.

 

Cyber attacks are frequently targeting all sectors to steal Intellectual Property, state and trade secrets[2]. Thieving seagulls hover over the innovations driving our efforts to reduce climate change, develop new medicines and treatments, and produce technological advances that strengthen prosperity and improve lives.

 

The drum has been beaten, and the bells have been rung.

 

Yet, the public policy ecosystem in Canada remains uncertain and misaligned on the path forward. Unlike our allies and adversaries, Canada remains without a comprehensive cyber policy[3]. As Gold, Parsons, Poetranto highlight, the approach remains “ad hoc, spasmodic.” It’s easy to point fingers at governments for the crawling nature of cyber public policy development. With technology developing at lightning speed along with tactics and methods, keeping up with bad actors is a challenging task for policymakers and our elected leaders. Democracies are not intended to move forward without debate and deliberation. Checks and balances are the point.

 

Add a series of minority governments in Ottawa where passing even important legislation is a challenge, and it is no wonder a comprehensive and transparent policy approach has not been enabled. Provincial and municipal governments are underfunded and lacking a full understanding of the extent to which data resiliency extends. The very definition of cybersecurity is confusing and ever-expanding, with some interpreting the term as privacy rights or cyberbullying and rightfully so. For others, it is the protection of our factories, ports, and critical infrastructure. Policy development in cybersecurity is cumbersome because of the confusion over the term and breadth of which this policy domain extends. Pointing fingers at Canadian public policy for cyber, is in tune to poking a stick at the fog.

 

The path to maximizing our civil resources is utilizing the collective effort of Canadian society through meaningful coordination of assets. Every day whether in government, the private sector, or civil society, well-intentioned Canadians are working 24/7 to prevent and mitigate attacks.

 

Skrzeszewski and Cubberley capture the concept well in describing how the Internet has enhanced the social convergence of three societal sectors. Previously, public policy was often based on two clearly defined sectors – the for-profit or private sector and the government or public sector. [4] The Internet has prompted a re-emergence of the third sector, the non-profit or sometimes described as the civil society sector. The third sector has emerged with a critical role of acting as a coordinating field for the three-sector approach to social, economic, and cultural goals. Not associated directly with the government, civil society organizations may play multiple roles and frequently serve as an alternative for delivering services, where gaps exist in a traditional private-public arrangement[5]. There is a blurring but positive role between sectors that civil society has the perspective to coordinate.

 

It’s that coordination by arms-length organizations that are producing the effectiveness in mitigating attacks. Whether within the thriving cyber ecosystems of San Antonio or Israel, it is the collaboration of the three sectors delivering success. Civil society is engaging through the Paris Call, the Charter of Trust and other international forums calling for trust and security in cyberspace. Domestic expertise residing outside of government is a necessary component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. Canada can debug and strengthen its cyber policies by opening the door to a thorough engagement with civil society. 

 

As Megan Stifel of the Global Cyber Alliance has pointed out, many of cyber best policy practices were developed by civil society through multi-stakeholder processes.

 

Collectively, we can have a measurable impact[6] on mitigating and preventing cyberattacks on Canadians. In a world where trust is critical, sharing and collaborating is not a simple task. It is, however, the only way and the Canadian way.

 

 

 

 

Author: Jeremy Depow | Director, Policy and Stakeholder Relations

 

Refrences

[1] https://www.canada.ca/en/security-intelligence-service/news/2020/05/joint-cse-and-csis-statement.html

[2] Shackelford & Bohm, Securing North American Critical Infrastructure: A Comparative Case Study in Cybersecurity Regulation, 40 Can.-U.S. L.J. 61, 2016

[3] Canada’s Scattered and Uncoordinated Cyber Foreign Policy: A Call for Clarity (justsecurity.org)

[4] A New Vision of Community and Economic Development: A Multidimensional Convergence of Government, Business, and the Social Sectors with the Internet (archive.org)

[5] https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/04/06/civil-society-an-essential-ingredient-of-development/

[6] The Importance of Civil Society in the World of Cybersecurity - GCA | Global Cyber Alliance | Working to Eradicate Cyber Risk

 

Stepscan, CyberNB and UNB collaborate on pioneering gait-based biometric security.

One small section of flooring, one giant leap for access security.

 

Biometric security is becoming increasingly familiar, with fingerprints and facial measurements used to unlock doors and devices not only in secure facilities, but in everyday life.

 

Prince Edward Island-based Stepscan Technologies has developed a new technique for contactless security, believed to be the world’s first solution based on analyzing an individual’s footsteps using high-resolution, pressure-sensitive flooring. They turned to CyberNB as a cybersecurity expert to capitalize on this new technique. UNB’s research experts joined CyberNB and Stepscan to build on this success and test, validate and improve their solution. Thanks to CyberNB and Fredericton’s Knowledge Park, the platform will be installed and tested in the city’s new, state-of-the-art Cyber Centre to provide real-world evaluation.

 

“My team at UNB uses machine learning to better understand, assess, or control human movement and health,” said Dr. Erik Scheme, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Health Technologies Lab at UNB. “This first-of-its-kind project is an exciting opportunity to apply our expertise in the real world to validate and improve Stepscan’s novel, touchless biometric solution.” 

 

Dr. Scheme partnered with Stepscan, who has developed the world's first modular pressure-sensitive flooring capable of capturing a sufficient number of footsteps of natural gait for this use. Stepscan’s proven technology is currently used in military and health contexts, and they were eager to explore this new application, developed by Stepscan’s research and development lead, Dr. Patrick Connor, through an NSERC-supported postdoctoral fellowship. The expertise in machine learning, human-machine interaction, gait analysis and biometrics found at UNB made the institution an ideal partner in the project.

 

“Through Dr. Connor’s research, we have shown that we are able to analyze various features of a person's gait and foot-floor interactions to differentiate individuals by their walking patterns," said Crystal Trevors, president and CEO of Stepscan Technologies. “We are thrilled to be working with UNB to expand our preliminary work and explore novel machine learning approaches to maximize the performance and robustness of this exciting application for our flooring system.”

 

Originally developed for medical applications, Stepscan’s interlocking, sensor-enabled tiles provide accurate, high-speed measurement of applied pressure and weight. The flooring can be used to support, among others, physical rehabilitation and fall risk assessment by mapping these measurements over time to understand a person’s gait.

 

‘Gait’ refers to the specific ways a person moves while walking, based on physical biology and years of learned movement. Muscle and joint movements affect the way a person’s feet touch the ground through the process of taking a step; this complex motion is highly unique and difficult to imitate, making it useful in verifying identity.

 

CyberNB is a cybersecurity-sector organization that supports collaboration across industry, government and research organizations. CyberNB is based in the new Cyber Centre at Fredericton’s Knowledge Park, Canada’s most advanced facility for cyber defence and critical infrastructure protection.

 

Stepscan tiles will be installed in this building and used to verify a user’s identity in conjunction with the building’s existing security measures, enabling the system’s accuracy and efficacy to be validated.

 

“This innovation will leverage gait analytics to enable two-factor authentication, requiring zero-touch high secure access when matched with proximity card systems,” said Tyson Johnson, CEO, CyberNB. “We are excited to support this Canadian innovation and to see this initially deployed in the Cyber Centre.”

 

Additional tiles will be installed at UNB, supporting further scientific exploration, experimentation and analysis of the technology in a controlled setting, as well as creating opportunities for students to develop in-demand expertise in cybersecurity, biometrics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

 

“We are proud to support our researchers’ contributions to our region’s innovation economy through partnerships that match UNB expertise with industry needs,” said Dr. David MaGee, UNB’s vice-president (research). “This collaboration will no doubt create new potential, new knowledge and new learning opportunities.”

 

The project will run through May 2024 and is supported by the Government of Canada through $420,001 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Alliance Grants program and $275,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, as well as $200,000 from the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. As a cyber defence collaborator, CyberNB will contribute $210,000 towards the high-security infrastructure access improvements. Stepscan and Knowledge Park will provide additional funding and in-kind support for tile hardware, installation and maintenance, and systems integration and data, valued at $455,000.

 

 

Additional quotes:

 

“NSERC Alliance grants support research projects led by strong, complementary and collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada. We are pleased to support the University of New Brunswick and their partners from government, industry and not-for-profit who are taking big steps in biometric security and providing student training in this increasingly relevant field of research.”

- Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC

 

“We are committed to supporting collaboration between industry and academia to accelerate important breakthroughs in research and technology. ACOA’s investment in UNB will support innovative developments and intellectual properties that will have lasting and significant benefits for cyber and digital health ecosystems in the Atlantic region.”

Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

 

“There is a powerfully synergistic combination of research expertise, industrial capability and emerging consumer need in this project. We believe that Dr. Scheme has precisely the right partners involved in this work to lead to a real Atlantic success story. Seeing the innovative new technology of gait biometrics emerge from Dr. Scheme’s research lab underscores the importance of the research grants that NBIF provides every day. By supporting students, equipment, and other needs associated with applied research via grants like the NB Innovation Research Chair, a fertile environment is created for impactful projects like this one.”

- Dr. Laura Richard, Director of Research, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

thestar.com - From classroom to cyber career in just 3 months

New Canadian program designed to give non-techies entry-level skills to crack into the booming cybersecurity industry will welcome its first cohort in September

 

Cyber Bootcamp is designed to help meet the massive demand for workers in an industry with virtually no unemployment. Best of all, you don’t have to be a programmer or software engineer to apply. In fact, the program is explicitly meant for people without an IT background.

 

Read more here: https://www.thestar.com/sponsored_sections/careers-in-a-digital-economy/from-classroom-to-cyber-career-in-just-3-months.html?dfp=MP-CID_3

New Brunswick, Cisco Canada and CyberNB launch industry-recognized cybersecurity curriculum for students

Video announcement found here

 

News Summary:

  • Cisco Canada, New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and CyberNB are partnering on a new education program that will narrow the digital skills gap with a cybersecurity curriculum.      
  • Offered in French and English, the province-wide program will equip upwards of 1,500 students over three years with cybersecurity skills through Cisco Networking Academy, with an opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials.
  • The partnership will help solidify New Brunswick as a leading centre for cybersecurity and build a pipeline of talent to keep up with the growing demand for cybersecurity skills. 

 

Fredericton, NB, June 23, 2021 – To address a digital skills gap that has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, today Cisco Canada, New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and CyberNB are announcing a partnership to deliver cybersecurity skills education and training to upwards of 1,500 high school students over the next three years. The program will help solidify New Brunswick as a leading centre for cybersecurity in Canada and enable the province to keep up with the growing demand for cybersecurity jobs.

 

As Canada moves into the next era of economic growth, the need to equip Canadians with the right mix of digital skills has never been greater. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) estimated that employment in the digital economy will grow to over two million by 2022. The need for a skilled workforce is even more evident in the cybersecurity space, where demand for cyber talent is growing seven per cent annually across the country, but without enough skilled professionals to fill the roles. 

 

“We live in a fast-paced world where innovation and technological progress are constant. Demand for cybersecurity talent is growing and our students need to be prepared to join technology-based workforces that are still evolving,” said New Brunswick Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy. “With open access to cybersecurity courses provided by Cisco’s Networking Academy, our students will be ahead of the curve. We will work closely with CyberNB and other partners to identify and create experiential learning opportunities that can provide students with valuable knowledge, skills and connections as they prepare to build their lives in New Brunswick after graduation.”

     

Starting September 2021, students will have the opportunity to enroll in bilingual Cisco Networking Academy courses through CyberNB – a non-profit focused on growing Canada’s cybersecurity sector – with the potential to earn an industry-recognized credential as a Cisco-Certified Cyber Ops Associate. Along the education pathway, students can also earn badges for Intro to Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity Essentials, Networking Essentials and more. This will set them up for future employment in a highly sought-after industry as they establish their IT careers in New Brunswick. 

 

The program is funded by a three-year $1.75 million investment from Cisco Canada’s Country Digital Acceleration Program which forms strategic partnerships with governments to help build digitally inclusive societies, more resilient economies, and the workforce of the future. 

 

“Cisco is investing in this program to build a talent pipeline of skilled workers for the cybersecurity industry in New Brunswick and beyond,” said Shannon Leininger, President of Cisco Canada. “In this post-pandemic, digital-first world, a skilled IT workforce is integral to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity and competitiveness. Through partnership models like these, we can scale cybersecurity skills training nationally and help Canadians pursue high-paying, high-skilled jobs.” 

     

“We know that cybersecurity skills are in demand – and that this demand will only continue to grow as our world becomes ever-more connected,” said Tyson Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, CyberNB. “CyberNB will be rolling out the curriculum to English and French schools across the province, providing training and support for teachers to successfully implement the industry recognized program in the classroom and give their students real-world, high -demand skills training.”

 

The program is available to grades nine through 12. The entire course takes up to 255 hours to complete, and includes modules, hands-on labs, quizzes, activities, and exams.  

     

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Tenable Partners with CyberNB to Secure Canada’s Critical Infrastructure

Columbia, MD (June 10, 2021) -- Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, today announced it has become the first vulnerability management vendor to partner with CyberNB’s Critical Infrastructure Security Operations Center (CI-SOC) to increase the resilience and security of Canada’s critical infrastructure. Through the strategic partnership, Tenable will bring its risk-based vulnerability management and industrial security solutions to the CI-SOC, empowering critical infrastructure stakeholders to see, predict and reduce cybersecurity risk.

 

CI-SOC brings together data from multiple critical infrastructure owners and operators across all sectors. By leveraging Tenable’s industry-leading solutions within the CI-SOC, including Tenable.io and Tenable.ot, stakeholders gain deep visibility and analytics across this massive data set to understand their cyber risk posture. In addition, CyberNB members can now use Tenable’s technology to identify vulnerabilities, prioritize those with the greatest business impact and act quickly to reduce risk. The partnership will also facilitate information sharing between the private and public sectors, including best practices for protecting critical infrastructure against rising security threats.

 

“Our reliance on critical infrastructure continues to surge, bringing increased threats for owners and operators to manage. With a limited cybersecurity workforce, they are looking for smarter, more automated ways to understand and ultimately reduce their risk,” said Marty Edwards, vice president of OT security, Tenable. “We’re excited to partner with CyberNB to bring Tenable’s risk-based insights and predictive technologies to Canada’s critical infrastructure operators, enabling them to understand where they’re exposed, to what extent and how to most effectively reduce their risk.”

 

“In the cyber solutions market, we were looking to partner with a visionary leader that could help us paint a picture of the IT risks for small, medium and large businesses,” said Sheldon Shaw, VP of Innovation and Infrastructure at CyberNB. “We see the relationship with Tenable as a key capstone as we move forward.”

 

For more information about Tenable, visit www.tenable.com.

To learn more about CyberNB’s CI-SOC, visit https://cybernb.ca/CI-SOC.htm.

 

About Tenable

Tenable®, Inc. is the Cyber Exposure company. Over 30,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. As the creator of Nessus®, Tenable extended its expertise in vulnerabilities to deliver the world’s first platform to see and secure any digital asset on any computing platform. Tenable customers include more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500, more than 30 percent of the Global 2000 and large government agencies. Learn more at www.tenable.com.

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 [email protected].

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

 

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