Knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to preventing and managing cyber security risks.

The Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC) was created on the principle that we cannot tackle cyber security problems alone.

The Canadian higher education sector must come together to protect and defend itself against criminal organizations trying to extort money and individuals with varying motives. The cost of inaction and lack of coordination will result in substantial financial, intellectual property, reputational and personal information losses across Canada. 

The emerging vision is one of a federated national cyber security approach for the sector. This encompasses a continuing stream of national services that leverage regional services and enhance institutional services all working toward a common objective of supporting national parity and avoiding the cyber security equivalent of the digital divide 

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Always in partnership

Coordinated through the University of Toronto, CanSSOC’s technology platform for sharing threat intelligence is led by McGill University, and CanSSOC develops its cyber security initiatives by drawing on expertise from member institutions and members of the Canadian National Research and Education Network (NREN).

Evolution of services

From February 2018 to April 2020, CanSSOC operated as a proof-of-concept to explore the feasibility of a Shared Security Operations Centre (SSOC) for higher education within Canada. In May 2020, CanSSOC moved to a pilot phase and launched its first pilot service, the Threat Feed platform, in June 2020.