FREDERICTON – Siemens Canada has 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 firm says 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 jobs in engineering, cyber analysis and consulting are expected to be created in Phase 1 by 2020, with another 30 jobs expected in Phase 2.
Siemens Canada is now joining CIC as a corporate member to partner on research projects and the training of cybersecurity talent.
“Cybersecurity is one of the most important and complex challenges facing businesses and public institutions today,” said Faisal Kazi, president and CEO, Siemens Canada, in a prepared statement. “As a world leader in cyber protection for critical infrastructure, Siemens is honoured to become a member of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity. We look forward to continuing to contribute to the impressive efforts already underway in New Brunswick with UNB and CyberNB, a special operating agency of ONB.”
“The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB will work in partnership with Siemens’ team of technical staff and researchers to develop robust and practical cutting-edge cyber security and privacy technologies. Partnerships like these will propel New Brunswick as a global leader in cybersecurity,” said Dr. Ali Ghorbani, director of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity at UNB, also in a statement.
Siemens says it will provide resources for CIC to recruit and train cybersecurity experts who will lead discoveries and build cybersecurity solutions. CIC and the faculty of computer science at UNB will also offer a career-focused master’s program in cybersecurity.
The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick 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.