Surrey City Centre (File Photo)

Surrey becomes founding partner with global cybersecurity organization

The city becomes one of 14 founding partners in ‘Global EPIC’

With cybercrime becoming a worldwide problem, the City of Surrey is making their move to fight the global epidemic.

The City of Surrey is one of 14 founding partners who are looking to find solutions to current cybersecurity challenges.

The partnership is called ‘Global EPIC’ (Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity). They held their inaugural meeting this week in Krakow, Poland, as part of the 3rd annual European Cybersecurity Forum.

“We need to address cybersecurity risks to make sure that as Surrey grows into the region’s second metropolitan centre, it also remains a place that is safe to live and conduct business,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “Collaborating internationally to solve this issue is forward-thinking and seeks to protect the best interests of our citizens.”

The City of Surrey is also introducing a ‘Be Safe Online’ outreach program, which provides residents and businesses with resources on cybersecurity education. The goal of the program is to reduce the incidence of cybercrime in Surrey.

One of the 14 partners involved also includes Carelton University from Ottawa.

“I expect important economic benefits, such as job creation, revenue enhancement, and investment,’’ said Dan Craigen, Director of Carleton University, Canada’s Global Cybersecurity Resource (GCR).

Cybersecurity threats are a growing global challenge, with numerous stories popping up in the news regarding large cyber attacks. Home Box Office was hit by a large cyber attack last summer, while FedEx endured a cyber attack that cost its TNT Division them approximately $300 million during the last quarter.

The formation of Global EPIC brings the intention of strengthening collaboration globally for improving cybersecurity. Global EPIC’s goal is to have 50 members as part of the organization by 2020.

Of the 14 founding partners, they come from 10 different countries, including Canada, the United States, Wales, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands.

Just Posted

Arson charge laid in Surrey Hockey Shop fire

The blaze destroyed the prominent business in Surrey City Centre

Surrey’s Khanvict set to perform at Junos-related Let’s Hear It! LIVE fest

Two-day outdoor event in Vancouver held in advance of awards show, at Rogers Arena on March 25

Historic farm time travels to 1900

Demonstrations to show life in Surrey

Cloverdale’s Bambi Hall weighs in on women in the world of wrestling

Local wrestler is seeing more women get involved in the traditionally male sport

Choices Lottery home located in White Rock

The 3,672 square-foot, three-level home, located at 1502 Bishop Road, has ocean views.

VIDEO: Surrey girls donate hair, give hope through Wigs for Kids

Emotional event at Coyote Creek Elementary saw 10 girls donate locks to those with cancer

‘A perfect storm’: Gas prices could hit $1.60 by April, expert says

Prices will shoot up to 155.7 cents a litre by end of week or early next week

Most people in B.C. too ‘lazy,’ ‘apathetic’ to prepare for disasters: poll

Less than half of those surveyed aren’t insured for earthquakes and wildfires

Chris Hemsworth goes surfing in Tofino

The Australian actor donned a full body wetsuit to catch some waves on Vancouver Island this weekend

B.C. hospitals receive boost for dental surgery

Disabled people needing general anesthetic wait too long, Adrian Dix says

BCHL Today: Wenatchee Wild on the ropes and Smoke Eaters reeling

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Sanford helps Bears win 16th CIS title

Cole Sanford has an assist in final as Alberta beats St. Francis Xavier 4-2 for national title

5 to start your day

Kinder Morgan protests heat up, a horse rescued from a muddy field and more

Georgia Viaduct to shut down for the JUNOs red carpet

Awards take place March 25 at Rogers Arena

Most Read