News Release

CNL announces new National Innovation Centre for Cyber Security in Fredericton

Canada’s national nuclear laboratory announces investment to expand cyber security research capabilities; joins growing cyber security cluster in New Brunswick 

Fredericton, NB, September 25, 2017 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, announced today that it will establish a new cyber security research facility at Knowledge Park in Fredericton, NB, joining a growing list of companies that are transforming the province into a cyber security research and innovation hub in Canada. CNL’s President and CEO, Mark Lesinski, made the announcement during an economic development event at the University of New Brunswick alongside Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman, from the Government of New Brunswick.

Leveraging its expertise in industrial control systems, CNL will establish the new multi-million dollar research facility to model process control environments. CNL has identified cyber security research as one of seven strategic initiatives the company plans to pursue as part of its Long-Term Strategy, an ambitious 10-year plan which will position the organization as a global leader in nuclear science and technology. 

“Canada’s nuclear industry is an important national asset, as a source of good jobs, driver of innovation and supplier of low-carbon energy,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “CNL’s move to expand its research and development activity in New Brunswick shows how the nuclear industry can create new opportunities for jobs and business development in different parts of the country while advancing new solutions in cyber security for critical infrastructure.”

“Cyber security of industrial control systems is a growing concern across all industries, and particularly in the nuclear industry, where it represents a multi-billion dollar worldwide market,” commented Lesinski. “CNL has clear expertise in this area, which we intend to grow and commercialize over the next decade. Establishing this research facility in such a major cyber security hub makes good business sense, allowing us to better leverage our expertise in collaboration with other industry leaders.” 

While there is a large commercial industry catering to the cyber security of business and information technology systems, the cyber security of industrial control systems has been widely overlooked. Yet, this critical sector has shown vulnerabilities, with recent attacks on the Ukraine power grid in 2015 and 2016, a German steel mill in 2014, and the well-known Stuxnet attack in 2010. With its proficiency in this area, CNL is well positioned to fill this void, and to expand its capabilities into more conventional industries. 

According to Lesinski, CNL is expanding its cyber security team in purpose-built facilities at Knowledge Park in 2018. As part of the move, CNL intends to hire additional personnel, with plans to grow its team further in the ensuing five years. A key element to the growth of CNL in the province is its partnership with UNB, including the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) and the Faculties of Engineering and Computer Science. CNL has maintained research and development facilities for real-time plant display and control systems since the 80s. Evolving with technology, CNL adapted and developed cutting edge cyber security technologies and practices, most recently developing and commercializing a safety-qualified plant display system for mission critical applications that has installations in nuclear power plants internationally. 

“This really is an example where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” concluded Lesinski, citing the leadership and vision shown through the CyberNB strategy. “Working alongside other cluster members will allow us to identify more collaboration opportunities with government, industry and academia, which will help us increase our market penetration. In the end, this move is expected to lead to significant, exponential growth in our cyber security business.” 

“New Brunswick has been a leader and pioneer in innovation, cybersecurity and the protection of critical infrastructure that drives the Canadian economy,” said Deputy Premier Stephen Horsman, speaking on behalf of Premier Brian Gallant. “Our ecosystem continues to grow and with the establishment of a new cybersecurity research facility in New Brunswick at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, it further demonstrates our leadership in cybersecurity in Canada.” 

About CNL 

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Actively involved with industry-driven research and development in nuclear, transportation, clean technology, energy, defence, security and life sciences, we provide solutions to keep these sectors competitive internationally. 

With ongoing investments in new facilities and a focused mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new performance standard reinforced with a strong safety culture underscores every activity. 

For more information on the complete range of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories services, please visit www.cnl.ca or contact communications@cnl.ca. 

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