York forges international cybersecurity collaboration

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Just as modern life has become increasingly reliant on the storing and sharing of digital information, so too has the need to protect it. York University’s Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center (BCCC) was established as a response to this ever-growing need, striving to identify the underlying causes of malicious cyberattacks and provide insights for future detection and prevention.

In an effort to advance its cybersecurity research and foster global academic collaboration, BCCC has secured a groundbreaking partnership with Japan’s National Institute of Information & Communications Technology (NICT) through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Under the MOU, BCCC and NICT will engage in various collaborative activities focused on cybersecurity, including: knowledge exchange, research collaboration, student and researcher exchange, international networking and funding opportunities, resource sharing, joint workshops and conferences, and publication opportunities. By leveraging their collective expertise and resources, the two teams aim to address cybersecurity challenges and develop solutions to mitigate risks in today’s interconnected world.

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Arash Habibi Lashkari, photo by Rob Blanchard

Professor Arash Habibi Lashkari, founder and director of BCCC at York, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “This MOU represents a significant milestone in our efforts to strengthen global cybersecurity research collaboration. By partnering with NICT, we can leverage each other’s strengths and expertise to tackle cybersecurity challenges more effectively.”

This initiative will centre on cybersecurity research projects initiated and led by BCCC. Through joint research initiatives and international networking, researchers from both institutions will work together on mutual-interest projects, helping to advance cybersecurity knowledge and practices.

“We’re excited to forge this research partnership with the BCCC at York University,” said Professor Tao Ban, the research leader from NICT. “Through this MOU, we aim to enhance collaboration with Canada, integrating our unique competencies and insights to elevate cybersecurity practices.”

This collaboration is expected to facilitate a dynamic exchange of knowledge and expertise, benefiting all students, researchers and institutions involved.

For more information, visit the Behaviour-Centric Cybersecurity Center website.