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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Nov. 6)
New cyber-security agency to be located in Orléans

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans will soon be the home of a cyber-security initiative aimed at finding ways to thwart the growing threat of cyber attacks on institutional information systems.

The Venus Cybersecurity Corp. will employ as many as 35 people and will be located in the Peter D. Clark Building on Centrum Boulevard.

The initiative is being funded by the City of Ottawa, the province, the National Research Council, the Communications Security Establishment Canada and Telus with each organization putting up $250,000 in cash and in-kind services. Carleton University will also be participating in the research.

The project was announced by Ottawa-Orléans MP Royal Galipeau and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson during a press conference at city hall on Tuesday.

Galipeau has been trying to bring federal jobs to the riding ever since he was first elected in 2005. This is by far the largest tangible result of his efforts, but it couldn't come to fruition without the help of local councillors, Bob Monette, Steve Blais and Rainer Bloess, who have made bringing new jobs to Orléans one of their top priorities.

The city's portion of the funding will be used to cover the cost of rent and building fit-up. The city will also be contributing staff time to the initiative.

The Venus Cybersecurity Corp. will carry out research and development projects, launch new ventures, build shared infrastructure, advance cybersecurity science and practice, expand cybersecurity education, and produce recommendations for action.

The office is the brainchild of Carleton University business professor Tony Bailetti, who suggests Canada could become a leader in combating computer-based attacks that cost individuals, businesses and nations billions of dollars a year.

Galipeau and the local councillors are also hoping the initiative will act as a catalyst in bringing other cyber-security companies to the east end.

Venus and it's close proximity to Communications Security Establishment Canada and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, "will make Ottawa’s east end a leader in the important field of cybersecurity.” said Galipeau.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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