University of New Brunswick creates cybersecurity hub with new institute

“Out society has gone digital,” MP Matt DeCourcey said at the announcement.

The centre is backed by more than $4.5 million in funding — $2.27 million from the federal government, $2 million from the province and $330,000 from UNB.

Premier Brian Gallant called the opening of the centre the beginning of something “crucial to the New Brunswick economy.”

“If we’re going to continue the momentum that we’ve created together when it comes to economic growth we have to continuously make strategic investments,” Gallant said.

“This is how we’re going to really make sure that we have economic prosperity in our province.”

According to institute director Dr. Ali Ghorbani, cybersecurity is moving from defending, to protecting against potential cyber threats.

“Cybersecurity isn’t just an IT problem,” Ghorbani said.

“The attackers get better and better at what they do all the time, and we need to fend that off with new solutions,” said chief technology officer and IBM fellow, Sandy Bird.

Bird says that by 2020, there will likely be nearly 1.5 million vacant cybersecurity jobs — a gap he hopes the institute will fill by training new people.

The multi-faceted institute will include experts from science and other faculties.

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