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Statement on Privacy-respecting and Trust-worthy COVID-19 Tracing Apps

In an effort to track the spread of COVID-19, more and more COVID-19 tracing apps have and will continue to emerge. Canadian jurisdictions are developing and deploying contact-tracing apps without sufficient technical review by independent security and privacy experts. We, the undersigned, believe this practice should change. Such reviews help identify potential flaws and provide indispensable input to a public debate about the balance between health safety, privacy and security. Reviews can enhance trust in the deployment of apps and help foster wider adoption. Reviews should be public because public technical specifications will enhance trust and acceptance.

The Canadian security and privacy ecosystem, including the academic community, consists of sufficiently many experts to provide such reviews. Such reviews should be made with the mandate of protecting civil liberties and held to the highest ethical and technical standards. We have compiled an evolving list of guidelines on the development, design and deployment of these apps that can enhance privacy and cybersecurity. These guidelines can be used as a reference in a review, albeit the need for interpretation in the context of a particular app.

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Virtual town hall series addresses cybersecurity threats during COVID-19 pandemic

A new series of virtual town halls run by Ryerson University is addressing cybersecurity threats and digital privacy issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The weekly events have been developed as a collaboration between the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and the Ryerson Leadership Lab, and are supported by RBC.

The series, called Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy in the Time of COVID-19, is open to the public, with all events streamed live and available to watch online afterwards.

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Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and the DMZ launch Canada's First Cybersecurity Accelerator

Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, in partnership with the DMZ, is pleased to announce the launch of the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator, Canada's first commercial accelerator specifically designed for scale-up companies in cybersecurity and related fields.

Headquartered in Brampton's Innovation District, the Catalyst Cyber Accelerator will help Canada's cybersecurity ecosystem by providing Canadian scale-up companies in cybersecurity and related fields the essential tools they need to grow and succeed nationally and internationally.

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Ryerson University Announces $30 Million in Public and Private Support for Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

Today Ryerson University, FedDev Ontario, Rogers Communications, Royal Bank of Canada and the City of Brampton together announced $30 million in investment to support Ryerson University’s Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst.

This new national centre for innovation and collaboration in cybersecurity, based in Brampton, Ontario, will create over 790 skilled jobs by providing training to workers from demographic groups that are underrepresented in cybersecurity, and by helping support the growth of Canadian cybersecurity companies.

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