The information technology giant and the university say they will address critical government, public and private sector needs for advanced cybersecurity, specializing in research, solutions, skills and services. IBM will provide research support and access to special data sets, software and resources.
Based at uOttawa, the hub will deliver training and expertise in both official languages.
Additionally, there are plans to develop a space where students, researchers and professionals can gain experience with new techniques for detecting and defending against cyber attacks.
“The University of Ottawa is delighted to partner with IBM on cybersecurity and cyber safety, a national strategic priority,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-president, Research, University of Ottawa, in a prepared statement. “Joining the expertise of our researchers with that of industry will enhance Canada’s ability to successfully prevent and counter cyber breaches.”
The hub will host and exchange senior technical and research staff with the nearby IBM Ottawa Lab site and will work with IBM Security experts located elsewhere in Canada (Fredericton, Toronto) and around the world (Germany, Ireland, Israel, United States).
“Concern over threats to cybersecurity is escalating, especially when it comes to keeping the information of Canadians secure,” said Steve Astorino, IBM Canada vice-president of Development, Data and AI, Hybrid Data Management and Canada Lab Director, also in a statement. “The work IBM and uOttawa are undertaking will enable both public and private organizations to develop and apply new and improved approaches to protect the public from cyber threats and attacks. Most importantly, this cybersecurity hub will create a nucleus of both skilled and reskilled government and industry professionals essential for the digital safety and security of Canadians.”
uOttawa and IBM have worked together for 11 years on software security testing, advanced forensics, cybercrime prevention, counter-cybercrime and scam prevention.