The Consortium

The need for talent development, innovation, commercialization, and collaboration across Canada’s cybersecurity ecosystem continues to grow. The increasing adoption of new technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and the worldwide surge in remote and hybrid work has created new and emerging threats to Canada’s critical infrastructure, particularly within sectors like energy and utilities, financial services, transportation, and health care. It has also created threats to Canada’s open and collaborative research environment.

Cybersecurity solutions, products, services, and expertise must keep pace with Canada’s digital transformation. The NCC believes this will require significant expansion of shared effort and investment in research, innovation, commercialization, and training across private and public sectors over the next decade. It also believes the NCC is well-positioned to provide the leadership that Canada’s cybersecurity ecosystem needs to keep Canadians safe.

Protecting lives, improving skills, and driving economic growth through cybersecurity.


Advancing cybersecurity innovation and talent development in Canada.


To grow a pan-Canadian network that works with private and public sectors to lead world-class cybersecurity innovation and talent development and to increase cybersecurity-related economic activity in Canada.

Our Commitment

In carrying out our mission, the NCC is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. We will adhere to best practices in governance by ensuring that appropriate authorities, accountabilities, and decision-making structures are established.

Our Focus

The National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) is a pan-Canadian network that supports the advancement of the Canadian cybersecurity ecosystem through research and development, commercialization, and training by driving collaboration among academia; private industry; not-for-profit organizations; provincial, territorial, and municipal governments; and other key cybersecurity stakeholders. 

It cultivates collaboration and capacity-building across five areas of focus.

Critical Infrastructure Protection

To develop solutions that enable proactive monitoring and real-time detection and mitigation to restore critical infrastructure from damage and interruptions inflicted by cyberattacks.

Human-Centric Cybersecurity

To understand how human factors influence and impact security and privacy requirements in order to develop new human-centric cybersecurity solutions.

Network Security

To develop tools, techniques, and procedures to safeguard computer networks and hosts from both internal and external exploits.

Privacy and Privacy-Enhancing Technologies

To develop protective technologies across many different environments that safeguard individuals and data from privacy violations.

Software Security

To develop tools, methods, and practices to reveal and cure vulnerabilities before software is released to end-users.


The NCC was created through the vision and work of five founding institutions: