Na­tional Cy­ber­se­cu­rity cen­tre finds home in Or­léans

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

A new cy­ber­se­cu­rity cor­po­ra­tion to be head­quar­tered in Or­léans was an­nounced at City Hall, Tues­day, by sev­eral par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions. Mayor Jim Wat­son, On­tario Min­is­ter of Re­search and In­no­va­tion Reza Moridi, Royal Gali­peau, MP for Ot­tawaOr­léans, Or­léans Ward Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette and other par­tic­i­pants in the in­no­va­tive project launched VENUS Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Cor­po­ra­tion, an in­de­pen­dent, non-profit cor­po­ra­tion with the vi­sion of mak­ing Canada a global leader in cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

VENUS will act as a busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor for Ottawa’s east end in this knowl­edge-based in­dus­try. It will aim to at­tract new com­pa­nies to Ottawa, al­low for their ex­pan­sion and growth, while stim­u­lat­ing fu­ture job cre­ation.

"While Ottawa’s west end con­tin­ues to de­velop com­puter pro­grams, the east end will en­sure their se­cu­rity," said. Gali­peau. "The ar­rival of VENUS in Or­léans, com­bined with the com­ing ar­rival of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Se­cu­rity Es­tab­lish­ment Canada (CSEC) to the east end, and the prox­im­ity of the Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil of Canada (NRC), will make Ottawa’s east end a leader in the im­por­tant field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity. This cut­ting-edge ex­per­tise is im­por­tant for the whole coun­try."

VENUS (Vir­tual En­vi­ron­ment for Net­works of Ubiq­ui­tous Se­cu­rity) will seek to ad­dress the threat posed by cy­ber­at­tacks to Cana­dian cit­i­zens, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment. Cy­ber­at­tacks in­clude such com­puter-as­sisted ag­gres­sion as dis­rupt­ing crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, steal­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, iden­tity theft, com­pro­mis­ing online bank ac­counts, post­ing con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion, cre­at­ing and dis­tribut­ing viruses and en­crypt­ing sys­tems to de­mand ran­som.

VENUS will carry out re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects, launch new ven­tures, build shared in­fra­struc­ture, ad­vance cy­ber­se­cu­rity sci­ence and prac­tice, ex­pand cy­ber­se­cu­rity ed­u­ca­tion, and pro­duce rec­om­men­da­tions for ac­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette was pleased that VENUS will be lo­cated within the for­mer Cum­ber­land Town Hall in Or­léans. "Work­ing hand-in-hand with lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Or­léans Cham­ber of Com­merce, we are con­tin­u­ing to show that eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment is a pri­or­ity for the com­mu­nity of Or­léans," said Coun­cil­lor Monette. "This is the third ma­jor an­nounce­ment on em­ploy­ment in Or­léans in the past few months Brigil’s Petrie’s Land­ing III, the Or­léans Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan, and now the ar­rival of VENUS.

To cre­ate VENUS Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Cor­po­ra­tion, five es­sen­tial part­ners, the NRC, CSEC, the Prov­ince of On­tario, the City of Ottawa, and TELUS, each are in­vest­ing up to $250,000 in cash and/or in-kind ser­vices. The com­pany plans to hire ap­prox­i­mately 25 peo­ple ini­tially, with more po­si­tions to fol­low in the com­ing months.

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