A group of five Canadian IT associations have joined forces tolaunch a national security research group in an effort to advance thecountry’s cyber security strategies.

The Canada Advanced Security Initiative will develop a study, surveyand workshop program to develop a new strategic vision for the securityindustry in Canada and its ability to support users at home and abroad.

The initiative’s participants include the Canadian AdvancedTechnology Alliance, the Canadian Information Processing Society, theInformation Systems Audit and Control Association, Association de lasécurité de l’information du Québec and the Canadian Society forIndustrial Security.

“Recent events created a huge increase in interest by governmentsand the private sector in the use of advanced security,” John Reid, thepresident of the CATAAlliance. “For example, the tightening of the USborder security policy makes it imperative that we show our securitycapabilities.”

The move comes after a recent cyber security strategy was announcedby Canada’s Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan, who likened cybersecurity to the new world arms race.

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