The GCR, Queen’s University CSIT (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Cyberspark (Be’er Sheva, Israel) founded Global EPIC in May 2017 — an innovation and cybersecurity partnership established to co-create and adopt world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent.
At the time, Global EPIC had 14 members from 10 countries and three continents. Today, the partnership has 25 members from 15 countries and five continents, including recent additions from Africa (University of Lagos), India (K-Tech), Taiwan (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and New Zealand (CROW – Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato).
“Achieving 25 international partners in a relatively short period speaks to the importance of the cybersecurity and sustainable economic development challenges being faced, the willingness of partners to recognize the potential benefits arising from this new global collaboration, and the impact of Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program,” said Dan Craigen, GCR director and Global EPIC founding president.
Global EPIC links regional cybersecurity ecosystems using principles developed by TIM faculty Tony Bailetti, Stoyan Tanev, Michael Weiss, Steven Muegge and Mika Westerlund.
“It is with great satisfaction that we have met this major milestone,” said Bailetti, TIM director and GCR lead investigator. “TIM faculty and TIM students will help Global EPIC grow to 50 members by October 2020 while exploring partnerships with international organizations to attain the TIM program’s cybersecurity and entrepreneurial objectives.”
“The only way to address the new challenges introduced by the fast-changing characteristics of our lives, as derived by the incorporation of technologies such as 5G capabilities, artificial intelligence and autonomous machines, is through global collaboration and glocalization approaches,” said Global EPIC President Roni Zehavi.
“I expect Global EPIC to become a significant role player in the new reality, offering valuable projects and opportunities to its members, on one hand, and extending its wingspan of operation on the other.”
An early example of a joint program supported by Global EPIC is its soft-landing program, in which small- to medium-sized transnational companies are welcomed by partner organizations. Given a temporary home, these transnationals are introduced to opportunities and challenges arising from the foreign location to create a foothold for international expansion. Other projects on machine learning, autonomous vehicles and sustainable development are in various stages of readiness.
The GCR, which is managed by the TIM program, is equipping high-growth cybersecurity and cybersecurity-differentiated companies with skills, resources and linkages required to be successful. It helps individuals who wish to develop cybersecurity capabilities and consumers of cybersecurity services. The GCR operates from Bayview Yards, the premier innovation hub in Ottawa.
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