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Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB works to protect our privacy

There are lots of cyberthreats out there: hackers, scammers, malware, viruses, ransomware, drive-by attacks, phishing and the list goes on.

With so much of daily life online, and cybercrime getting more sophisticated by the nanosecond, protecting your identity and your data is more important than ever. The Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at UNB is committed to creating a safer world that extends beyond screens.

Protecting your privacy. Leading in cyberdefence.

Since acquiring its first computer in 1959, UNB has been a national leader in computer science. As the first university in Canada to offer courses in computer science, the first to create a faculty of computer science and the first to give every student an email account, it’s only natural that UNB would take on the challenge of “cyberwarfare” to combat cybercrime.

Every day the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity deploys cybersecurity professors, researchers, graduate and co-op students on project teams with industry research and development staff. Currently, the Institute is working with national and internal training and R&D partners such as Bell, Rogers, Siemens, Huawei, IBM, ADGA, Mastercard, Scotia Bank, TD Bank, McCain Food, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), and the National Research Council.

Exabytes of opportunity

Researchers in cybersecurity at CIC are authorities in the field, sought after for their capabilities in a range of areas including but not limited to Critical Infrastructure Protection, Human-Centric Cybersecurity, Network Security, Systems Security, IoT Security and Privacy, Security Simulation and Visualization, Security Analysis and Risk Management, Security Benchmark Datasets, and Machine Learning Security. Recent achievements include the creation of a state-of-the-art dataset for profiling, behavioural analysis, and vulnerability testing of different IoT devices and the development of the RICKS (Research Intensive Cyber Knowledge Studies) program to train industry interns in cybersecurity.

UNB students and researchers graduate as cybersecurity experts and have been employed at such organizations and companies as Google. Microsoft, LinkedIn, Bell, CISCO, the City of Vancouver, Fortinet, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Plato, Siemens, Sophos, University of Windsor, TELUS, TD Bank, the University of Alabama and the University of New Hampshire. Three of CIC’s former students and researchers are now Canada Research Chairs at Toronto Metropolitan University, York University and the University of Saskatchewan.

Cybersecurity is a fast-growing industry; the global market for industrial cybersecurity is estimated to reach US$23.8 billion by 2027.