The Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) is a knowledge mobilization network created to improve the general public’s awareness of cybersecurity risks and to empower all to reduce those risks through knowledge.
SERENE-RISC is using knowledge mobilization, a technique that involves moving knowledge from where it was created to where it can be used, strengthening connections among research, policy and practice. Knowledge mobilization takes a scientific approach to implementing and harmonizing multiple research disciplines and to sharing that research between research producers (e.g. university researchers) and the end-users who could benefit from the research results, including government, industry and not-for-profit representatives.
The Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) federal funding agency and the Université de Montréal, the host institution, announced the release of SERENE-RISC’s funding on April 15, 2014. SERENE-RISC was officially launched a few weeks later at the network’s inaugural workshop in Ottawa on May 13, 2014.
SERENE-RISC network partners include more than 40 academics across 10 disciplines at 24 post-secondary institutions from Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, more than 24 public and private sector members, and 6 not-for-profit organizations.
SERENE-RISC aims to be a cybersecurity information exchange that is recognized as an open, inclusive, and unbiased forum to unlock the value of knowledge on cybersecurity risks, threats and solution for all Canadians
Through the compilation and open sharing of existing and relevant research in cybersecurity, the Network works to:
The following values define what is important to the Network and guide SERENE-RISC’s decisions and actions.