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SME Cyber Security Support Program

Enhancing Cybersecurity

In-Sec-M is collaborating with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with better cybersecurity practices to reduce the impact of cyberattacks and to enable these enterprises to be more competitive on national and international markets. Through this collaborative program, NRC IRAP clients can access a personalized support system in the form of consulting services which target, among other things, the following areas:

  • Protection of IT infrastructure or services against cyberattacks
  • Compliance with information security or data privacy laws, regulations, or standards
  • Development of new cybersecurity solutions and cybersecure architecture

Why is cybersecurity important?

  • Canadian businesses are noticing an increase in cyberattacks year after year.
    The financial and reputational costs of a security breach are enormous and can put a business at risk.
  • Effective cybersecurity measures provide a competitive advantage to an organization.
  • Adopting sound cybersecurity practices reduces the risk of successful cyberattacks and ensures compliance with regulations and standards.

This program is available to eligible NRC IRAP clients.


How to take part in the program:

  1. Contact your NRC IRAP industrial technology advisor (ITA) for additional information.
  2. Program eligibility assessment is conducted by your ITA. The ITA will review your company’s cybersecurity needs. If you are eligible, the ITA will submit the request for consulting services to In-Sec-M.
  3. Once officially selected, In-Sec-M will contact a company representative to introduce you to the program and better understand your company’s needs.
  4. The selected program expert will provide you with 25 hours of consulting services and a report summarizing the intervention.

Examples of our services:

1. Protecting your business from cyberattacks

  • Identification of vulnerabilities in operational systems through penetration testing and review
  • Recommendations on how to protect your operations and thus minimize financial and reputational risks in the face of cyberattacks
  • Coaching to adopt best practices in cybersecurity in various settings such as software development and teleworking
  • Guidance on setting up a cybersecurity awareness program

2. Comply with legislation, regulations, or standards

  • Coaching on the certification requirements for standards such as CyberSecure Canada, HIPPA, ISO/IEC 27007:2011, ISO/IEC 27002:2013
  • Coaching on complying with local and international laws, regulations and standards such as the Canada’s Privacy Act or the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
  • Coaching on complying with digital identity standards and developing a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)

3. Identifying and developing innovative cybersecurity solutions

  • Coaching for the development of innovative cybersecurity solutions
  • Coaching for the integration of privacy by design and security by design in new system architecture

In-Sec-M: an ecosystem of cybersecurity experts

In-Sec-M, the National Cybersecurity Industry Cluster with an extensive network of more than 100 members across Canada, provides SMEs with access to expertise and state-of-the-art Canadian cybersecurity technologies to protect them from cyberattacks. Since its creation in 2017, In-Sec-M has helped more than a thousand innovative SMEs improve their cybersecurity through its consulting program.


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