David Skillicorn Awarded $1.65 Million in Federal Funding

The federal government of Canada awarded professor Dr. David Skillicorn and his research team $1.65 million in funding. This funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), was used towards the School of Computing’s new cybersecurity CREATE program. The cybersecurity graduate program will provide students with cybersecurity skills that are in critical demand for defending Canada’s government, critical infrastructure, businesses, and citizens.

The Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.[1] Today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced an investment of $29.6 million through the CREATE program of NSERC. This support will allow 18 research teams of students and post-doctoral fellows to pursue and apply new knowledge in collaborative settings and develop the skills they need to help them in their future careers.[2]

This cybersecurity graduate program in the School of Computing begins this September. The program is a specialization of the existing graduate degree programs at Queen’s or RMC. The cybersecurity CREATE program offers an enriched experience in cybersecurity, including specialized courses in cybersecurity, and professional development, a range of technical courses, a social science course, an internship, and a red team/blue team exercise. Graduates of this program will have the technical skills to make a contribution to improving Canada’s digital and online safety, with a deeper understanding of how cybersecurity fits into the larger world of organizational and government priorities.

Read the article in the Gazette: Research for a safer Canada

Learn more about this program at cyber.cs.queensu.ca.

[1] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/CREATE-FONCER_eng.asp
[2] http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/ProgramNewsDetails-NouvellesDesProgrammesDetails_eng.asp?ID=1084

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