National Cybersecurity centre finds home in Orléans
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.