National tech industry association launches cybersecurity Alliance to build talent in Canada

Enabling collaboration between government, academia and industry partners

Mississauga, ON (May 15, 2019) – The Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance (CTA). Developed in collaboration with Canadian leaders in technology and education, the Alliance will address the growing need for cyber professionals across Canada. The mandate is to bring awareness of Canada’s cyber talent needs, and to encourage students from a young age to incorporate tech-related learning into their studies.  This will be accomplished through programs and innovative tools that enhance recruitment, hiring practices and the development and retention of cybersecurity talent.

The formation of the Alliance is part of a larger ITAC initiative, the result of a three-year $1.9M grant through the Government of Canada’s Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) ministry that will look at the development of a skills framework for cybersecurity, as well as associated certification and program accreditation standards, and workforce development tools and outreach activities to assist both skilled tech-related professionals and employers. ITAC will also conduct research to review the state of artificial intelligence (AI)-related education in Canada, with a view to developing a growth strategy for the undergraduate type talent pipeline, through the over-arching initiative and grant.

Partners in the Alliance include:

For more information visit the ITAC Talent website.

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In collaboration with industry, academic and government leaders, this Alliance will focus on developing and promoting a partner ecosystem for cybersecurity education, training and workforce development. Canada’s need for qualified cybersecurity workers is growing exponentially, and our schools are struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving field. There’s stiff competition for talent, and businesses need to adapt and broaden their recruitment efforts. This Alliance will help to address both talent development and employer needs,  establishing a Canadian talent pipeline that will help drive a successful economy. Angela Mondou, President and CEO, ITAC

We are pleased to partner with ITAC to increase Canada’s digital literacy rate through the initiatives of the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance. There is a growing need for cybersecurity professionals in Canada; the benefit of youth digital literacy is the awakening of young talented Canadians to future career opportunities in cybersecurity. As the size of the digital economy grows and more devices become connected, the number of new positions to be created to support digital security increases as well. Stephen Lund, CEO Opportunities NB /CyberNB

About Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)

As Canada’s national ICT business association, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) champions the development of a robust and sustainable digital economy in Canada. A vital connection between business and government, we provide our members with the advocacy, networking and professional development services that help them to thrive nationally and compete globally.

A prominent advocate for the expansion of Canada’s innovative capacity, ITAC encourages technology adoption to capitalize on productivity and performance opportunities across all sectors. A member-driven not-for-profit, ITAC has served as the authoritative national voice of the $170 billion ICT industry for over 60 years. More than 36,000 Canadian ICT firms create and supply goods and services that contribute to a more productive, competitive, and innovative society. The ICT sector generates over one million jobs directly and indirectly and invests $4.9 billion annually in R&D, more than any other private sector performer.

About ITAC Talent

ITAC Talent seeks to achieve practical solutions to some major challenges: a need to increase ICT-related enrollments; consistently low female participation in ICT; and significant shifts in demand – against the backdrop of a growing need for every industry to embrace tools and methods of the knowledge economy.

We have a track record of success in designing and implementing evidence-based, innovative solutions to Canada’s ICT skills challenges and priorities. We have partnered with dozens of leading organizations in the tech sector, as well as other influential sectors including: banking, retail, professional services, manufacturing, and many other sectors

To arrange an interview, please contact:

Janet Gibson Eichner

Cell: 416-357-8908 or jgibson_eichner@itac.ca

 

 

 

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