#CyberFLASH: New Brunswick launches strategy to become a world leader in cybersecurity

cpt107339096-high-jpgFREDERICTON – Premier Brian Gallant says New Brunswick is the first province in the country to develop a comprehensive strategy on cybersecurity and cyber innovation.

Gallant made the announcement at the University of New Brunswick where he launched CyberNB — a strategy to create jobs and revenues in the various fields of cyber technology.

Cybersecurity expert Allen Dillon has been hired to head CyberNB.

He says the pace of technology has outpaced security experts, and New Brunswick is well placed to be a world leader in the efforts to combat cybercrime.

Dillon says there will be approximately 192,000 information and communications technology jobs in Canada by 2020 and 67,000 of them will be in cybersecurity.

He says the strategy will ensure the proper education and innovation programs are in place to ensure a large portion of those jobs are located in New Brunswick.

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#CyberFLASH: IBM plans to open 250 cybersecurity managers designation in New Brunswick for future

ibm-640x427In collaboration, both New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant and IBM Canada would create approx. 100 full time jobs within company’s security division in Fredericton – pay range: US$ 50,000 to US$ 75,000 on an individual scale basis.

IBM Canada’s global technology services GM, David Drury made announcements to add on further 110 and 40 jobs in Saint John and Florenceville-Bristol, respectively. The statements had reached press following New Brunswick’s premier announcement. Market looks onto it as: collaboration between the two could createan ‘Information and security tech’ pointof focus in New Brunswick – already a hub to a natural cybersecurity cluster that dates back 25 years, with the establishment of Canada’s first faculty of computer science in year 1989 (source: cantech letter).

“We are fortunate to have international companies such as IBM in New Brunswick. IBM is a leader in information technology and in cybersecurity. The expansion of its operations in New Brunswick means more valuable information technology jobs and a strong foundation for the continued growth of the cybersecurity sector in this province.” – Premier Brian Gallant

Right at start of month March, reports from San Francisco claim premier to have had a meeting with IBM and rest of the tech firms to tighten cybersecurity.

“This economic development investment will create a hub of information technology, security technology expertise and high-value jobs in New Brunswick. Together, we are planting these economic development seeds to help transition New Brunswick into a knowledge-worker economy that can positively tackle huge challenges, such as the monumental growth of cybercrime, for the benefit of all Canadians and organizations worldwide.” – IBM Canada’s president, Dino Trevisani

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#CyberFLASH: New Brunswick making open data ‘baby steps’

1297516661469_ORIGINALThe New Brunswick government is inching toward an open data portal that will allow citizens to click through public information that has been previously locked inside government servers.

The commitment to opening up public data sets came when Premier Brian Gallant announced a digital government initiative earlier this month.

Governments across this country, and many other countries, have long embraced open data, a policy where governments post public information in usable formats that can be freely used by citizens.

But New Brunswick has, until now, dug in its digital heels, refusing to budge.

Shawn Peterson, a Saint John developer, has built a website that allows people to view and compare property tax assessment information.

But he’s done that by scraping data already posted online and he’s repeatedly run into problems with the provincial government trying to limit his ability to get data.

Getting access to that basic information in an open, useable format would be a major victory.

“I don’t think anybody is expecting them on Day 1 to release everything in a perfect format. But nothing is stopping us from taking some baby steps,” he said.

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#CyberFLASH: Email addresses of 4,000 New Brunswickers released by Skillsoft

chris-cummins-skillsoftMore than 4,000 New Brunswickers who signed up for government-funded online training courses are being warned to keep a close eye on their email accounts after their email addresses were released.

Skillsoft, which develops and manages the professional courses the government offers to those looking to upgrade their skills through SkillsNB, sent an email Thursday offering assistance to people who had signed up.

The problem was it CCed everyone, which meant everyone’s email address was visible to everyone else.

New Brunswick’s privacy commissioner is investigating.

Skillsoft’s vice-president of inside sales for North America, Chris Cummins, is apologizing for the privacy breach, calling it a “human error in the process.”

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