Waterloo's Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute secures $3.3M in NCC funding
Waterloo's Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute leads the way with visionary research development, training and commercialization
Waterloo's Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute leads the way with visionary research development, training and commercializationBy Harminder Phull Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute
Researchers at the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) at the University of Waterloo have received funding from the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) under the Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN) program. This funding marks a significant milestone for CPI, Waterloo and the NCC — reinforcing a commitment to advance Canada's cybersecurity ecosystem.
Twenty eligible projects were awarded a combined total of $11.2 million across three categories: commercialization, research and development and training.
Among these, six projects had direct involvement or collaboration with Waterloo, collectively amounting to $3.3 million, representing approximately 30 per cent of the total awards. Notably, four out of the six projects fell under the research and development category, securing 44 per cent of the funds designated for research and development proposals.
Members of CPI will collaborate with industry partners Mastercard, BlackBerry, eSentire, Acronis, Ericsson, RMDS Innovation, Arcfield, Continental, Sera4 and Palitronica Inc.
Academic partners Concordia University, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, University of New Brunswick and École Polytechnique de Montréal will also team up with CPI researchers on various initiatives.
The NCC is a not-for-profit organization created in 2020 through the collaborative initiative of five Canadian university cybersecurity centres at Concordia University, Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Calgary, University of New Brunswick and the University of Waterloo.
In February 2022, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) pledged financial support to the NCC through the CSIN program. This investment, spanning four years, is a cornerstone for enhancing Canada's cybersecurity landscape and fostering cooperation between industry and academia.
The NCC envisions the growth of Canada's cybersecurity ecosystem by focusing on research and development, commercialization and training. With an ambitious mission to establish a pan-Canadian network that collaborates with the private and public sectors, they aim to lead in world-class cybersecurity innovation, nurture talent development and stimulate cybersecurity-related economic activities in Canada.
Dr. N. Asokan, executive director of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, emphasizes the significance of this funding for the accomplishments of CPI members in the field.
"Receiving these grants from the NCC is a testament to the calibre of CPI members and the pioneering work they are undertaking in cybersecurity and privacy,” Asokan says. “It signifies that we have world-class faculty dedicated to cutting-edge research and training, reinforcing our commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to securing our increasingly digital future."
Safeguarding Canada's cybersecurity landscape is crucial in an era of digital innovation and global interconnectivity, and the NCC's support for Waterloo and members of the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute is a significant step towards achieving the shared vision of a robust and resilient cybersecurity ecosystem.
This funding allows the University's CPI and its partners to not only continue ground-breaking research but also further solidify its position as a global leader in cybersecurity and privacy innovation.
Highlighted projects and categories with CPI recipients and collaborators include:
PASCAL (Platform-Agnostic Scalable Cyber Assured Logistics) – $1,000,000
Designing a Scalable and Performant Confidential Backup System – $370,036
Building Cyber Resilient and Secure 5G Network Through Automation and AI – $1,000,000
Next-Generation User Fingerprinting for Fraud Detection and Prediction – $288,099
Transfer Fuzzing for Devices without Firmware – $270,470
CMD-CT: Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Cybersecurity Training – $402,691
The complete list of funding recipients and collaborators is available on the NCC 2023 Funded Projects page.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.