About National Cybersecurity Initiatives Program
Funded by CANARIE, the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP) is strengthening the R&E sector with richer threat and vulnerability data, improved processes, and broadened expertise. These initiatives are delivered through the provincial and territorial partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network to eligible post-secondary institutions that are connected to the R&E Network. From its goals and objectives to its guiding principles for prioritizing initiatives and delivering them to individual organizations, each aspect of this program has been guided and defined through extensive consultations and contributions from cybersecurity experts and leaders from across Canada’s research and education community.
Shaped by the Community
To collaboratively develop an approach to enhancing cybersecurity capabilities (tools, people, processes) across the sector, a working group was formed, consisting of institutional Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), representatives from Canada’s NREN, and leaders from our partner organizations, including CUCCIO and CanSSOC. As a result of this community engagement, a strategic approach emerged to guide how Canada’s R&E sector would be engaged to collaborate on cybersecurity.