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Algoma University Co-Hosting Cybersecurity Talent Strategy Workshop

(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – November 8, 2022): On December 7th, Algoma University in partnership with the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Toronto Metropolitan University and the Sault Ste. Marie PUC, will gather northern cybersecurity stakeholders at a one-day strategy workshop to engage in meaningful learning and discussion about the current state of cybersecurity across the north. The goal of the strategy workshop is to identify concrete steps to address the northern cybersecurity issues such as the talent shortage.

It’s no secret that there is a national cybersecurity talent shortage. While there is ongoing discussion of national strategies, the lack of talent in Northern Ontario creates both economic risks that impact not only those that directly suffer from cyber attacks but also those employed within the organizations, their families and ultimately everyone within the region’s economy.

“It’s essential for organizations looking to thrive in today’s economy to understand and address cyber risks. A significant part of effective cyber risk management is having the right talent at hand,” shared Randy Purse, Senior Cybersecurity Adviser at the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Toronto Metropolitan University. “I’m looking forward to engaging with local industry, academic and public sector stakeholders to help define what ‘the right talent’ looks like, how to better leverage existing expertise and identify potential talent pipelines to support regional cybersecurity needs.”

Michael Torresan, Manager, Information Security at PUC Services Inc. shared, “PUC is participating in this workshop as we believe that to effectively address Cybersecurity threats, organizations need to act as a community that regularly shares knowledge, best practices and resources if needed.” 

“At this workshop, we are hoping to bring together IT directors and Cybersecurity experts from across all industries including healthcare, manufacturing, education, mining, government, financial and power generation and distribution,” shared Jonathan Coulman, Manager Experiential Learning & Strategic Initiatives at Algoma University. “Having a wide range of local expertise and perspectives at the workshop will help us identify and prioritize the issues which the Cybersecurity community should address.”

The strategy workshop will take place at the Loft at the Algoma Conservatory on Wednesday, December 7th, 2022. The event is free for Cybersecurity stakeholders, but registration is required. Those interested in attending can contact Jonathan Coulman at [email protected].

Algoma University is a leader in education, with more than 30 undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Algoma’s rapidly expanding School of Computer Science & Technology has a mission to develop the digital knowledge, skills, and talent needed to ensure employers, governments, and social enterprises are able to adapt to a world undergoing rapid digital transformation. The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is a national leader in helping Canadians and Canadian companies seize opportunities and tackle the challenges of cybersecurity. Their Accelerated Cybersecurity Training Program has been successful in giving learners from diverse backgrounds the skills they need to launch careers in the cybersecurity sector, with streams for women, new Canadians, and the underemployed. Together, Algoma University and the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst are bringing together community leaders to discuss cybersecurity talent strategies and challenges in a northern Ontario context.

For more information on the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, Toronto Metropolitan University, please visit cybersecureatalyst.ca 

For more information about Algoma University, please visit algomau.ca

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