Something Shipley is most proud of, though, is how companies like Beauceron Security are creating Canadian-led cybersecurity jobs and services.
“I think it’s imperative that we can create jobs of the 21st century here in Canada,” he said. “Products built by Canadians for Canadians [that] understand our cultural needs, our privacy laws [and] our economic realities are incredibly powerful.”
Shipley knows that Canadians need Canadian examples when it comes to making sure information and data stays safe.
“They want to know the government’s rules on data breaches [and] they want data sovereignty. That’s important to them.”
“We jumped at the opportunity to participate in a national cybersecurity accelerator,” he said. Shipley applied for the accelerator so he could keep learning and gain access to the phenomenal resources that are available from the accelerator.
“The opportunities have been massive.”
Shipley also says that being around other co-founders in the accelerator is like a “battery recharge.” Working with creative minds in the cybersecurity field reminded him about the deep passion that exists for protecting Canadians.
Passion, Shipley says, is one of the biggest tips he has for anyone interested in pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. And as far as cybersecurity is concerned, Shipley is encouraging others to explore the space.
“It’s not going away any time soon.”
Cybersecure Catalyst launches a Cyber Range
In February the Cybersecure Catalyst added the Catalyst Cyber Range to its list of training opportunities. The Catalyst Cyber Range is a federally funded project that provides onsite and virtual programming to organizations across Canada.
The virtual training simulates real-world scenarios that help prepare cybersecurity professionals for imminent threats.
In addition to training, the Catalyst Cyber Range will be a platform for research and new product testing that organizations can leverage to ensure they are prepared for any cyber threat.
Supporting small and medium businesses
Later this month, the Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson will launch a small-medium business (SMB) portal to help businesses catch up on cybersecurity knowledge. The portal provides free tools and resources to identify cybersecurity risks. They will also have the option to complete a nine-module course that can help build a cybersecurity culture within their operation.
David Shipley agrees with this approach.
“When you stop and you look at small and midsize businesses, which are the backbone of the Canadian economy, they need our help more than ever before,” he said. “And we need to build products and services at scale that can help Canadian enterprises. There’s a huge opportunity there.”
The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson is supported by Rogers, RBC, the City of Brampton and the Government of Canada. For more information visit https://www.ryerson.ca/cybersecure-catalyst/.
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