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New Brunswick aims to become world leader in cybersecurity

New Brunswick leadership plans to establish the province as a world leader in cybersecurity, helped by a comprehensive jobs strategy.

CyberNB was recently launched to attract high-value IT and cybersecurity jobs to New Brunswick and create a “Canadian Centre of Excellence for cyber education and innovation,” according to OpportunitiesNB.

CyberNB is headed by Allen Dillon, a cybersecurity expert, and is supported by New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, noted 680 News. According to Gallant, New Brunswick is the first province in Canada to create a comprehensive strategy on cybersecurity and cyber innovation.

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

The cybersecurity industry in the province will also get a huge boost through a new partnership with IBM. The University of New Brunswick was recently chosen by IBM to work with Watson, an artificial intelligence technology platform created by IBM, CBC News reported. One of eight universities in North America chosen for the initiative, UNB will help Watson analyze a massive collection of cybersecurity data drawn from more than 20 years of security research and 8 million spam and phishing attacks.