CIRA partners with Beauceron to launch cybersecurity training platform


The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has partnered with Fredericton-based Beauceron Security to launch a new cybersecurity training and awareness platform.

“The responsibility for cybersecurity is no longer solely on the IT department, all users have a role to play.”
– Dave Chiswell

The platform, called D-Zone Cybersecurity Awareness Training, is aimed to help various Canadian institutions turn their users into defenders. While CIRA’s DNS Firewall and Anycast DNS solutions work at the Domain Name System layer, which is a decentralized naming system for connected devices, the CIRA D-Zone Cybersecurity Awareness Training looks to mobilize an organization’s users to “add extra vigilance” to its security footprint.

“The responsibility for cybersecurity is no longer solely on the IT department, all users have a role to play. Employees who are cyber-aware can be a company’s biggest asset in the escalating battle against cybercrime,” said Dave Chiswell, vice president product development at CIRA. “Beauceron has created a platform that delivers cybersecurity training in a simple and engaging way. We are proud to have them as a partner in our growing suite of cybersecurity services.”

CIRA said the new training platform includes integration testing, simulation, and reports to provide a fully-automated platform that requires minimal IT management, adding that the platform automatically adjusts the frequency and level of testing and training based on user behaviour.

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Beauceron’s platform is designed to allow companies to automate cybersecurity management. The platform creates personal, departmental, and organizational risk scores through a proprietary algorithm to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions on managing personal and corporate cyber risk.

After launching at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in fall 2015, Beauceron said it has attracted clients from multiple sectors including education, information technology, manufacturing, and government in Canada and the US. The company was a participant in UNB-based accelerator Energia Ventures’ first cohort. It closed its first $500,000 Seed round in June 2017, and raised a $1.5 million Seed round led by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation in October.

“Beauceron is proud to be partnering with an organization that shares our goal of making a more secure online experience accessible to all Canadians,” said David Shipley, CEO of Beauceron Security. “CIRA is a trusted partner with a methodical approach to meeting the needs of their clients and community. We’re excited for what this partnership will bring.”

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