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Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity expands reach with new international agreement

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 20, 2021

Category: UNB Fredericton

The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Basque Cybersecurity Center (BCSC) have signed an agreement with the aim of exploring opportunities for collaborative research and training projects related to cybersecurity.

This agreement seeks to facilitate the exchange of material and resources beneficial to the educational needs of both organizations, as well as to strengthen the ties between them to carry out exploitation strategies and plans for the dissemination of the results obtained in the different projects.

This is one of several agreements CIC has signed with organizations around the world, including Talinn University of Technology from Estonia, Cyber Spark in Israel, and Japan’s National Research and Development Agency NICT, to name a few.

“We attach great importance to the collaboration with national and international partners,” says Dr. Ali Ghorbani, Canada Research Chair and director of the CIC. “Today, cyber-crime is a global problem which requires a globally united front fighting against the issue. In this regard, we have recently joined our forces with other Canadian research centres through the National Cybersecurity Consortium and in the meantime, gave a push to our international partnership efforts.”

BSCS is the organization appointed by the Basque Government (State of Spain) to promote cybersecurity in the region with the mission of promoting and developing culture and awareness on cybersecurity, streamlining business activities concerning cybersecurity and creating a strong professional sector.

This agreement will connect the four research centres within the BCSC with the CIC, which will pave the way for the researchers from these centres to collaborate with their international peers and share their knowledge and experience with each other.

CIC has played an important role in the field of cybersecurity research and innovation in Canada. The institute is a multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial training, research and development organization whose knowledge base draws on the expertise of researchers from the social sciences, business, computer science, engineering, law and science in general. Hosted at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus, it is the first of its kind to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the academic spectrum, professionals who seek to share ideas on cybersecurity challenges.

“I believe the more we connect and join forces with international partners like BCSC, the closer we get to our goal of creating effective and innovative cybersecurity solutions for all nations,” says Dr. Ghorbani.

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