Cybersecurity, threat intelligence program unique in Canada

The University of Guelph has launched a new graduate degree in cybersecurity and threat intelligence to train the next generation on how to stop cyberattacks before they happen.

“Attacks are becoming more complicated, digitalization is pervading more of our world and too little attention has been paid to educating cybersecurity professionals,” says Prof. Ali Dehghantanha, who teaches in U of G’s School of Computer Science and is director of the new program.

The new master of cybersecurity and threat intelligence will help meet the need for experts in threat intelligence, threat hunting, digital forensics, intrusion prevention, privacy and crypto-analysis.

Unique in Canada, it offers a hand-on approach to cybersecurity training. Students in the program receive laptops with cutting-edge software and work in a state-of-the-art, $2-million isolated lab that will allow them to run real-world attacks.

“Our program will be focused on the most challenging and technical aspects of the information security field and deliver graduates with advanced skill sets that are in high demand,” says Dave Whittle, U of G’s associate vice-president and chief information officer.