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NEW CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVES – RESEARCH AND A COMPETITION FOR YOUTH!

By 13 September 2016 No Comments

In today’s world of hyper-connectivity, safeguarding critical infrastructure is more important than ever before. We now live in an environment where everyone is connected via internet one way or another. Research indicates that by 2020 there will be approximately 21 billion devices and 212 billion sensor-enabled objects connected online.  This has created a considerable challenge for policymakers and business leaders to try to balance the convenience and productivity of these new devices but still stay protected from cyberattacks and safeguard the constituent’s privacy online.

Cyberattacks have impacted hundreds to millions of people in terms of identity theft and personal information theft. In 2015 alone, the global economy has lost a total of $575 billion USD to cybercrimes. This number could reach $2 trillion by 2019. Cybercrime is considered an industry that has been increasing extremely rapidly in the past decade.

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) with funding from Public Safety Canada, today released a report that analyzes the growing threat of cyberattacks for both critical infrastructure providers and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with input from more than 150 businesses from across Canada. This report provides information on cyber security challenges facing organizations of different sizes and industries. It provides a clear understanding of the critical cyber security challenges and identifies important safeguards that all levels of business, education and governments need to address in this fast evolving landscape.

The Critical Infrastructure in a Hyperconnected Economy report is NOW availablehere.

CyberTitan – Inspiring students towards careers in cybersecurity or STEM

CyberTitan is the Canadian link to the US-based National Youth Cyber Education Program, CyberPatriot – a comprehensive online competition that scores students across North America in real time. This unique and engaging environment will provide students immediate feedback on their level of cyber security comprehension. CyberTitan’s intent is to train students to the level where they will be able to compete in America’s live competition, CyberPatriot this year and in the future, teams will also compete across Canada to reach Canadian finals! This competition was put in to place by the (US) Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in c​yber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the nation’s future. CyberTitan’s goal is to create learning opportunities for students to engage in hands-on simulated environments that will help them develop necessary skills to pursue post-secondary education programs or to work in this industry as well as to identify roles they can play to help secure our systems.

For more information or to sign up your team today please visit our website atwww.cybertitan.ca or contact us at cybertitan@ictc-ctic.ca.

Report: “Critical Infrastructure in a Hyperconnected Economy” funded by: