Securing Canada's digital future
In 2022, Canada's Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) announced that the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) would receive $80 million over four years through the Cyber Security Innovation Network Program (CSIN). The NCC was formed by the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at the University of Waterloo and four other major Canadian university-based cybersecurity centers. The CSIN program will help Canada become more competitive in the field of cybersecurity and establish a leadership role, ensuring the cyber-resilience of critical infrastructure, privacy and safety of citizens' data, and the safety and assurance of digital ecosystems.
The NCC's mission is to create a multidisciplinary network that bridges all cybersecurity and privacy expertise across Canada to empower the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem. Its objectives are to:
- foster and cultivate world-class cybersecurity-related research and innovation
- develop new highly qualified personnel and upskill professionals
- accelerate the commercialization of valuable intellectual property into and through industry members