HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (June 26, 2019)—Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions are investing in cybersecurity awareness and education for faculty, staff, and students, while supporting Atlantic Canadian innovation with a new multi-year partnership.
“Cybersecurity has emerged as a key concern and a priority for Nova Scotia’s post-secondary education community,” says Todd Williams, Executive Director of Higher Ed IT Shared Services (HISS). “We’re pleased to be able to offer our members a common platform and technology that will help educate and empower students, faculty and staff on how to spot the latest cyber threats as well as how to protect themselves and their schools.”
According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach report, 93% of malicious data breaches came from cyber-attacks that leveraged e-mails, texts, phone calls or even in-person visits, which is known as social engineering. The most effective and affordable solution to combat social engineering is an educated and engaged community.
Following a public competition, HISS awarded a multi-year contract to Bulletproof for the implementation and delivery of the Beauceron cybersecurity awareness and engagement platform along with Bulletproof’s integrated Security Aware managed service.
“Bulletproof has had the pleasure of working with the majority of post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada,” says Jeff Shaw, Chief Operating Officer with Bulletproof. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue that journey; in this case, leveraging world-class made-in-Atlantic Canada technology combined with dedicated success coaching to help transform university constituents from cybercrime targets to active defenders of their institution’s cybersecurity.”
Beauceron Security empowers behavior change across organizations by providing the right information at the right time, enabling individuals to make better decisions. They’re doing what FitBit and AppleWatch did to exercise, for cybersecurity. They accomplish this by providing a unique integrated and highly automated platform that combines phishing simulations, cyber awareness training, surveys, and newsletters with advanced analytics and dashboarding.
“We love being able to bring innovation developed at an Atlantic Canadian university to help benefit other schools here in the region,” says Beauceron CEO and co-founder David Shipley. “Beauceron was designed from the ground up to help UNB improve its approach to managing cyber risk so it’s already well-positioned to help the other schools in their security efforts. And Bulletproof’s experienced team brings tremendous value to their customers, from on-boarding assistance to a dedicated success coach and Tier 1 Support. Further, the integration of this service with Bulletproof’s Security Incident Response Team ensures clients have a proven approach to preventing, detecting and recovering from a cyber-attack.”
The HISS master agreement with Bulletproof has recently been extended beyond the participating members throughout Nova Scotia to post-secondary institutions in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Higher-ED IT Shared Services (HISS) is a consortium governed by the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education institutions (10 universities and community college). Working together, the members have agreed that the following principles will guide their voluntary participation in the shared services model:
- Collaboration results in improved service delivery
- Cost savings and avoidance are realized through collaboration
- Collaboration results in more effective use of IT resources
Founded in Fredericton, NB in 2000, Bulletproof has more than 18 years in the security business, protecting its clients’ privacy and data. The company now has offices in Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown, Halifax, Austin, Las Vegas, and, most recently, Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa.
Today, users on six continents trust Bulletproof to secure their networks, data, and people. From 24/7 threat monitoring to employee training and emergency incident response the Bulletproof team is passionate about helping organizations gain a competitive edge to enable their growth and reach new heights of productivity and efficiency, securely. In addition to its security pedigree, Bulletproof is a Certified Microsoft® Gold Cloud Productivity Partner with more than 20 million files and 100,000+ users migrated so far.
Beauceron was founded in 2016 by members of the University of New Brunswick IT team. Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick with offices in London, England, and Boston, Beauceron has more than 100 clients in 23 countries around the world, expanding on their tens of thousands of users.
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