How Cybereco and its ecosystem work
Cybereco is both a catalyst for the cybersecurity ecosystem and a network of experts who develop innovative and unifying projects. Unique in its kind, members from various sectors invest their time and know-how to promote and develop cybersecurity and contribute to training new talent.
Cybereco allows us to be connected to a network of companies and universities, powered by the talent and cutting-edge knowledge of the professionals, academic partners and experts who make them shine. Cybereco is a conduit for ideas and innovation for companies like Desjardins.
As a founding member, Desjardins shares a common vision with Cybereco: the development of the cybersecurity ecosystem!
Cybersecurity is an area that affects everyone. The promotion and awareness of cybersecurity must be omnipresent in order to face the growing and evolving threats. To this end, Cybereco is a quality catalyst for the promotion of cybersecurity at different levels and domains.
I believe that Hydro-Québec, with its experience, knowledge and scope in cybersecurity, can make a significant contribution to the cybersecurity community in Quebec.
Cybereco provides a unique business ecosystem in Quebec, where commercial companies providing security products and services can work with partners and users from government, academia and the private sector. Cybereco is a unique hub that enables value creation and the development of competitive cybersecurity solutions that contribute to enhancing the cyberresilience of Quebec’s socio-economic fabric. Being involved in Cybereco gives its members access to the best of Québec’s cybersecurity expertise, businesses, and innovators.
Cybereco is a key player in Quebec in cybersecurity, bringing expertise and credibility to all its members and to the community.
The Université de Sherbrooke has been a member of Cybereco since the beginning. UdeS wants to work with companies to develop cybersecurity talent and address society’s important cybersecurity challenges. Cybereco is a strategic player in achieving this.
Since Terranova Security joined Cybereco, we have been able to take part in structuring projects for the cybersecurity sector in Quebec. Whether it is through the various working committees or through the annual Cyberconference, the opportunity to exchange with other cybersecurity leaders and business executives gives us a better insight into the scope of the cybersecurity culture in Quebec. With this valuable information, we fine-tune our awareness solutions to better meet the needs and challenges of Quebec businesses and turn their users into cyber heroes.
Benefits of becoming a member
- Join a network of recognized experts
- Be a part of the cyber ecosystem
- Contribute to cybersecurity leadership in Quebec and Canada
- Collaborate on innovative projects
- Access to a pool of highly qualified talent
Creating opportunities to attract and develop a pool of highly skilled cyber security talent
Raise Awareness and
Providing the right tools to improve the cyber resilience of businesses and individuals in Quebec and Canada
Carrying out innovative projects and contributing to economic and sustainable development through cybersecurity
Cybereco’s member organizations come from the following sectors of activity:
Carrying out joint projects
By working together, the members of Cybereco want to achieve a prosperous and secure future in Quebec and Canada. To achieve this, they are pooling members for their unique multi-sectoral expertise in cybersecurity.
The project consists in deploying a francophone master’’s program in cybersecurity at Polytechnique Montréal. Launched in the fall of 2022, the master’s degree in cybersecurity offers students the opportunity to choose between two tracks: “Cyberdefence specialist” and “Strategist”.
The aim of the project is to launch a master’s-level cybersecurity training programme to be offered by the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at UQAC, starting in September 2022, which will be able to graduate between 30 and 40 students per year.
This project consists of supporting colleges in the creation of college training programmes in cybersecurity adapted to the needs of our members in order to respond to the shortage of talent in the field.
This project is a collaboration between Technocompétences and Cybereco in terms of content expertise and visibility with a view to offering the “Cybersecurity First Responder” training to ICT professionals in Quebec. This project provides for the promotion and dissemination of the training to the cohorts of up to 15 people planned for the project.
As part of this project, the University of Sherbrooke is developing a CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) training course which will be made available for training courses organised by Cybereco. The training will be remote.
This programme offered by the University of Sherbrooke will allow participants to develop skills that are complementary to their initial training, in preparation for the CISA certification. The transfer and application of knowledge will take place throughout the course.
CTFs are ethical hacking competitions aimed at helping students practice and acquire new knowledge in cyber security.
The project is an initiative to increase the visibility of women and other communities in the field of cybersecurity. It will have two components: attraction and outreach to talent from these groups. On one hand, a mentoring programme and a round table for women will be set up. On the other hand, activities targeting other communities will be organised in partnership with other organisations.
This project is a collaboration between CyberCap and Cybereco in terms of content expertise and visibility to include cybersecurity awareness material for high school students and digital citizenship awareness activities.
The project consists of creating monthly and ongoing cybersecurity learning activities for university and CEGEP students in computer science, engineering, and mathematics first and later in other fields. The activities consist of: workshops on cybersecurity issues, interactive presentations such as “a day in the life of…” to introduce cybersecurity professions, CTF competitions, recruitment fairs.
Cybereco’s annual conference, which aims to bring together the Quebec cybersecurity ecosystemfor 2 days on important topics. The 3rd edition is in preparation and will be held in hybrid format at the Palais des congrès on April 19 and 20 April 2023.
Together with its members, Cybereco wishes to develop a cybersecurity kit specifically targeting the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMBs”). This kit aims to make SMBs aware of the importance of having good cybersecurity practices. This kit will also serve to guide them in their transition and give them some tools to increase their cyber security maturity.
The project consists of producing a practical guide and other tools to help and support businesses in complying with the new legislation
This guide provides an introduction to cyber attack management based on the NIST and SANS models. Each step is detailed, presenting best practices in the industry. Six typical cyber attacks are then outlined to illustrate different methods of dealing with them, taking into account the prevention and treatment aspects of the attack.
The project aims to raise awareness among SMBs about the cyber insurance service offering (who needs it, what risks are covered, what damages are covered, what affects the premiums, who to talk to for more info). The deliverable is intended for companies (small and medium-sized) mature enough to consider cyber risk for the first time(s). More specifically, within these companies, the deliverable targets executives.
The objective of the discussion group on third party information security risks and compliance is to exchange best practices in the industry and above all to share feedback on situations, developments or issues to improve together.
The initiative aims to share feedback from Cybereco member organisations in order to improve the monitoring and detection of the internal threat in each organisation.
This project aims to provide a starting point on how to frame the use of cryptography in application projects to minimise the vulnerabilities present and to reduce the cost of algorithm and infrastructure changes.