Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 27, 2010 12:37 ET

Two International Cyber Security Conferences in Nation's Capital-A First for Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - The 13th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Intrusion Detection (RAID) and the International Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec) will be hosted in Canada for the first time, from September 14 to 17, 2010.

Defence Research and Development Canada – Ottawa (DRDC Ottawa) of the Department of National Defence (DND), in partnership with the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), of Industry Canada, are pleased to announce these two international cyber security events. These events will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear presentations by, and to network with, leading academic experts and researchers on a variety of topics in the fields of intrusion detection and cyber security. Scientific, industrial and military communities will benefit from first-rate presentations, workshops, panel discussions and a showcase of innovative technology.

"It's a privilege to bring two such prestigious scientific events to the heart of "silicon valley" in Canada's capital and to provide industry with an opportunity to showcase their advanced technology in this field," says Dr. Robert S. Walker, Chief Executive Officer of DRDC and Assistant Deputy Minister (Science and Technology) within the Department of National Defence. "Given the advancing complexity of cyber security threats, we appreciate the opportunity to facilitate the sharing of scientific and technical knowledge in an area of global interest."

"Building on knowledge exchanged at events such as these will advance the important work of DRDC, CRC, and others so we can respond to the needs of the national security community," says Dr. Veena Rawat, President, CRC. "From here, new ideas are integrated and collaborations are created, ultimately, leading to innovative solutions."

DRDC is an agency of the Department of National Defence responding to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces. The agency is made up of nine centres located across Canada with a corporate office in Ottawa. DRDC has an annual budget of $350 million and employs 1800 people (1200 science workers). With a broad scientific program, DRDC actively collaborates with industry, international allies, academia, other government departments and the national security community.

CRC is the federal government's primary laboratory for research and development in advanced telecommunications, and a centre of excellence in information and communications technologies. It has core competencies in broadcasting and interactive multimedia, communications networks, photonics, radio fundamentals and wireless. CRC employs 400 staff, including 240 research staff, and has a total annual budget in the range of $50 million.

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