Monday, July 28, 2008

New Canadian Cyber Forensic Organization Created

INITIATIVE : New Canadian Cyber Forensic Organization Created

Press Release - Concordia University

July 21, 2008


MONTREAL : Bell Canada, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Concordia University, Rogers Communications and Microsoft Canada Co., are proud to announce that they are working towards the establishment of the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance Canada (NCFTA Canada). This new Alliance will be hosted by Concordia University in Montreal.

“There is a recognized need for industry, academia, and law enforcement to work together and share information about cyber incidents in a neutral venue to identify and mitigate threats” said Dr. Louise Dandurand, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, at Concordia University. “NCFTA Canada is the appropriate and relevant response to such a need and Concordia is proud to host such an important organization.”

"Online security is one of the most important realities facing our industry today", said Michael Freeman, Director of Product Management at Bell, speaking on behalf of the industry partners. "The NCFTA's collective approach provides an excellent opportunity to address these issues in a comprehensive way and on an industry-wide basis. Bell is happy to play a role in this important initiative."

NCFTA Canada will enable and develop partnerships between the public sector, law enforcement agencies, the private sector and academic organizations that will reduce the impact of cyber-crime affecting Canadians.

“The Competition Bureau is pleased to be participating in the establishment of NCFTA Canada,” said Andrea Rosen, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Bureau. “Given the increase in high tech crimes targeting businesses and consumers, collaboration with our Canadian partners in the creation of this task force is essential.”

NCTFA Canada will combine resources, intelligence, expertise and R&D efforts to effectively and cooperatively work on:

v promoting information security in Canada;

v investigating mutually defined cyber-crime targets to gather intelligence, define prevention methods, and develop counter-measures;

v developing and publishing information or processes that will help protect organizations or individuals from cyber-crime;

v carrying well-focused collaborative research and development initiatives;

v developing and sharing tools that aid in the investigation or prevention of cyber-crime;

v building relationships with organizations having similar vision both nationally and internationally;

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