In 2016, Opportunities NB (ONB) visited Israel to learn how to best model that country’s world-leading cybersecurity approach. The result was the creation of a Canadian ecosystem that now stands among the best in the world.
The unified efforts of ONB and our partners at CyberNB are designed to strengthen and expand our world-class industry cluster led by IBM — whose global cybersecurity practice reports in to its New Brunswick office — and leverage the incredible research being done at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
Together, we work with government, industry and academia to ensure we are protecting critical infrastructure, supporting innovative startups like Beauceron Security and Kognitiv Spark, and facilitating leading cybersecurity R&D.
“If you’re in the critical infrastructure space, either as an operator or a supplier of services to a critical infrastructure protection operator, and you’re interested in cybersecurity, New Brunswick is where you need to be.” – Tyson Johnson, COO,
Building a Strong and Resilient Cyber Workforce
New Brunswick has invested in education reform, with cybersecurity curriculum now embedded in our schools from kindergarten to the post-secondary level. New Brunswick now leads the country in the number of students engaged in CyberTitan, a middle and high school competition led by Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) in Ottawa. Over the past three years, New Brunswick has fielded approximately 65-70 per cent of participating CyberTitan teams. No other province comes close to New Brunswick’s level of participation. Interest is so strong, the province launched its own homegrown CyberDefence League program, with an additional 1,500 students representing grades 7 through 12 actively engaged in cybersecurity skills development, training, and mentorship relations with industry.
All this activity is creating the long-term cybersecurity talent pipeline companies will need to close the global cybersecurity vacancy rate, which is expected to be 1.8 million by 2022 (Source: 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study). Siemens chose New Brunswick for its Global Cybersecurity Centre in part due to the talent pool.
A Safe Place to Innovate
Large-scale cyber attacks have become more frequent. The bad guys keep finding new ways to hit their targets. Business interruptions caused by these cyber attacks have enormous consequences for governments and companies of all sizes. Cybersecurity firms need to innovate frequently to keep ahead of bad actors.
The $37-million-dollar Cyber Centre in Fredericton’s Knowledge Park will house the Cybersecurity Centre for Innovation and cybersecurity companies looking to locate in New Brunswick. This highly secure facility will have state-of-the-art critical infrastructure protection, providing tenants a high-security, high-resiliency operating environment.
Canada’s first Critical Infrastructure – Security Operations Centre (CI-SOC), a project launched in 2018 is focused on innovation, creating a model in which to integrate SOC’s from different verticals, and sharing best security practices across organizations. This project is unique in establishing a high level of collaboration between ecosystem partners from New Brunswick and beyond. It enables interconnected participating SOCs to collaborate in gathering, coordinating, and consuming cybersecurity intelligence, producing high quality-threat intelligence for coordinating responses.
All of this is supported by our greatest telecommunication asset – a vast fibre optic network reaching every corner of the province. The Fibre Centre, the first carrier-neutral colocation and network interconnection facility in Atlantic Canada, is housed in New Brunswick. It provides a strategic access point to the numerous fibre-based submarine and terrestrial carrier networks.
New Brunswick is also home to F6 Networks, connecting Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John with New England; providing the lowest latency route between New Brunswick and Boston. That is crucial as over $11 billion worth of goods is exported from New Brunswick to the U.S. annually, making it one of Canada’s major gateways to our southern neighbour. (Source: Trade Data Online).
Our Cybersecurity Sector Lead
Corina Zagaievschi, our Business Development Executive and Cyber Sector Lead located in Fredericton, oversees developing and implementing coordinated strategies to win new investment to New Brunswick within the cybersecurity sector. Corina is collaborating on a regular basis with all the ecosystem stakeholders and is happy to introduce her new clients to all the partners. A graduate from Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE), the school of business at Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, Corina is fully bilingual in addition to speaking Russian, Romanian, and having a good knowledge of German. Corina joined ONB from Carrefour Supply Chain in France, where she worked as the Supply Chain Project Manager.
Great Things are Happening in New Brunswick