New Brunswick launches strategy to become a world leader in cybersecurity

FREDERICTON – Premier Brian Gallant says New Brunswick is the first province in the country to develop a comprehensive strategy on cybersecurity and cyber innovation.

Gallant made the announcement at the University of New Brunswick where he launched CyberNB — a strategy to create jobs and revenues in the various fields of cyber technology.

Cybersecurity expert Allen Dillon has been hired to head CyberNB.

He says the pace of technology has outpaced security experts, and New Brunswick is well placed to be a world leader in the efforts to combat cybercrime.

Dillon says there will be approximately 192,000 information and communications technology jobs in Canada by 2020 and 67,000 of them will be in cybersecurity.

He says the strategy will ensure the proper education and innovation programs are in place to ensure a large portion of those jobs are located in New Brunswick.