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SECURITY: Siemens Canada joins Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity



Siemens aims to be a leader in protecting digitized data.

FREDERICTON, N.B. – Siemens Canada announced its corporate membership with the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) housed at the University of New Brunswick.

In May 2018, Siemens announced the creation of a Cybersecurity Centre in Fredericton with support from OpportunitiesNB (ONB).  The centre is now operational, focusing on research and development, consulting and managed services, and creating potential for global exports of locally developed cybersecurity solutions. Up to 30 highly skilled jobs in engineering, cyber analysis and consulting will be created in Phase 1 by 2020, with another 30 jobs expected in Phase 2.

As an important part of these activities, Siemens Canada is joining CIC as a corporate member to partner on research projects and the training of cybersecurity talent.

In the era of hyper-connectivity, cybersecurity labour shortage is a mounting concern. The Global Information Security Workforce Study reports we are on pace to reach a cybersecurity workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. This gap is concerning as cybercrime damages are forecasted to cost close to US$600 billion, nearly 1% of global GDP, each year.

Cybersecurity innovation relies on strategic industry partners like Siemens and CIC working together to vigilantly protect critical infrastructures and defend the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.

Siemens will provide valuable resources for CIC to recruit and train highly qualified cybersecurity experts who will lead discoveries and build cybersecurity solutions that protect our society and economy against costly cyberattacks.  Recognizing the evolution of the fast-changing cybersecurity discipline, CIC and the faculty of computer science at UNB will offer a career focused master’s program in cybersecurity.

The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick is a comprehensive multidisciplinary training, research and development, and entrepreneurial unit.  It operates in close collaboration with researchers in the social sciences, business, computer science, engineering, law, and science, and other national and international centres of excellence such as the Siemens Cybersecurity Centre.

Further information is available at www.Siemens.ca.