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New partnership will advance cybersecurity innovation

12/18/2015

TORONTO/MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2015 – As security in online information storage, networking communications and commerce becomes a global priority, enhancements to the technology that keeps information safe are more important than ever.

A new partnership between Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Canada’s Smart Cyber Security Network (SERENE-RISC) will help by forging new relationships between researchers and companies that will lead to collaborative and innovative cybersecurity solutions.

“Working with SERENE-RISC will allow us to build the foundation for new industry-academic collaborations in the cybersecurity sector,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “In Ontario, tremendous gains are already being made in this important area. This partnership will lead to the commercialization of new cybersecurity technologies by expanding the national network of companies and emerging applied research.”

Together, OCE and SERENE-RISC will share knowledge of the companies and researchers working to mitigate cybersecurity threats and look for opportunities to build a community that will enhance the capacity of Canada’s cybersecurity ecosystem to manage digital risks while protecting citizens and consumers.

“The Smart Cybersecurity Network is always looking for new projects to leverage its expertise in knowledge mobilization and compiled research in cybersecurity,” says SERENE-RISC’s Scientific Director Dr. Benoît Dupont. “This new collaboration will enhance SERENE-RISC’s efforts to reach key stakeholders in the community.”

The Canadian Government and the head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said in November that strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity protocols is a top priority.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc)

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, domestic and foreign investors, and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices, innovation, entrepreneurship and research, OCE invests in such areas as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), which helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs. Learn more at www.onebusiness.ca

About Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC)

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) is a knowledge mobilization network created to improve the general public’s awareness of cybersecurity risks and to empower all to reduce those risks through knowledge. SERENE-RISC brings together academics in the fields of computer and social sciences, as well as public and private partners, to mobilize the growing knowledge about online risks and to promote the most effective strategies and minimize the consequences of cyber attacks. SERENE-RISC partners include 26 academics from 14 universities across Canada, public and private sector members, and not-for-profit organizations. The Network is funded by Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) and is hosted by Université de Montréal. Learn more about the latest scientific research in cybersecurity or how to stay safe online at www.serene-risc.ca.

 

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Media contacts:

Stuart Green
Manager, Media Relations
Ontario Centres of Excellence
416-861-1092 x 1022
stuart.green@oce-ontario.org

Charles Gaudreau
Media and Marketing coordinator
Smart Cybersecurity Network
514-343-6111 x 41015
charles.gaudreau.1@umontreal.ca