Federal Budget Cybersecurity Announcement

Federal Budget Cybersecurity Announcement


On Tuesday, the Canadian Federal Government announced an investment of $507.7 million over five years, and $108.8 million per year thereafter, toward the creation of a National Cyber Security Strategy. The highlights of this Strategy include the creation of a Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. Working in partnership with the business community, academia, and others, the Centre for Cyber Security will serve as a hub of cybersecurity expertise and advice for Canadian citizens and business. Another highlight is the creation of a National Cybercrime Coordination Unit, which will act as a centre of coordination for cybercrime investigations in Canada.

As one of a very small number of institutions offering graduate-level training in Cyber Security in Canada, Northeastern University Toronto is excited to play an important role in these new initiatives. Students and faculty of our Masters of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Security program will help to provide the skills and expertise necessary for realizing Canada’s ambitious Cyber Security objectives.

Northeastern’s program is ideal for individuals already established in their careers who would like to take advantage of the growth in the Canadian Cyber Security sector. Our hybrid learning model allows students to complete the degree entirely online, or through a combination of online and on-ground courses. Students are also free to complete the degree at their own pace—on a full- or part-time basis.

Northeastern can also add value to businesses looking to adapt to the changing Cyber Security landscape. Elements of the Information Assurance and Cyber Security can be customized according to the needs of particular organizations and delivered in workshop-format by faculty from the College of Computer and Information Sciences.

In the budget document announcing the National Cyber Security Strategy, the federal government makes a commitment to redressing the gender imbalance that exists in areas of law enforcement such as cybercrime. Northeastern shares this priority entirely. We have set a goal of achieving a 50/50 gender breakdown in the College of Computer and Information Sciences by 2021 and have developed a number of outreach strategies intended to help us meet this goal.

Northeastern’s global campus network across the United States—which includes campuses in Charlotte (North Carolina), Seattle, and Silicon Valley—has been designed to respond to the unmet educational and employment needs in local markets. Our recently launched graduate campus in Toronto is an extension of this mission. Perceiving a growing demand for cyber security professionals with advanced training, we sought approval to offer the MS in Information Assurance and Cyber Security to students in the GTA and across Ontario.

To learn more about this program, including admissions requirements and application deadlines, please click here or call Northeastern University Toronto at 888.660.6938.

Written by Evan Clarke, PhD, Academic and Student Affairs Manager at Northeastern Toronto.

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