Cybersecurity

New Brunswick is the epicentre of Canada's cybersecurity industry and a hotbed of innovation for world-leading solutions and technologies.

Building a Safer Digital Future

Cybersecurity is the foundation of the digital-first economy and widespread economic growth within a highly digitized world. New Brunswick is at the forefront of cybersecurity research and has a history of innovation in the field going back more than 20 years.

New Brunswick researchers are major contributors in the field of cybersecurity, with research that is protecting the privacy and data of everyday people in Canada and abroad. The province is a leader in innovating new ways to protect Canadians from cyberattacks, including supporting the development of real-time Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyberattack detectors with low computational overhead– solving a major challenge faced by cybersecurity researchers.

New Brunswick’s Winning Ecosystem

In 2016, ONB visited Israel to learn how to best model that country’s world-leading cybersecurity approach. The result was the creation of an ecosystem that now stands among the world’s best. New Brunswick is an industry leader in Canada and worldwide thanks to our focus on extensive partnerships, talent development, and an industry cluster of leading businesses both large and small.

The unified efforts of ONB and our many partners are designed to strengthen and expand that industry cluster which includes IBM — whose global cybersecurity practice reports in to its New Brunswick office — as well as Siemens’ Smart Grid Centre of Competence and Cybersecurity Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection.

We work with government, industry, and academia to ensure we are protecting critical infrastructure, supporting innovative startups, and facilitating leading cybersecurity R&D.

Collaboration is Our Strength

In 2022, seven organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build and support collaborative projects to accelerate the cybersecurity cluster in New Brunswick: ONB, the University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College, The J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME), Cyber Centre, Ignite Fredericton, and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC).

Cyber Hatch is a program that includes support for companies at all stages from incubation to acceleration and scaling to deployment. It includes a comprehensive roadmap offered by leading provincial organizations (the CIC, Planet Hatch, TME, Energia Ventures, TechImpact, The McKenna Institute, and Cyber Centre).

New Brunswick’s post-secondary institutions are collaborating to build capacity in the province with a three-fold projected growth over the next five years bringing the total annual enrolment to nearly 500 students in cybersecurity-related programming and a net new talent pool of more than 1,300 students in cybersecurity-related career pathways. An increase of upskilling and micro-credentialing is also in progress.

To be a part of this sector in New Brunswick see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Our Cybersecurity Success Stories

"New Brunswick’s cybersecurity ecosystem is an exciting space to be in [...] We're so proud to build on these remarkable collaborations we’ve so boldly entered into with the Province."
Ben Wuest, Vice President of Engineering, Sonrai Security
Get in Touch

Ryan Lehr

Business Development Executive
Email
ryan.lehr@onbcanada.ca
Phone
+1 (506) 259-2795