CIO and EFC Join Forces to Improve the Cybersecurity & Competitiveness of Canada’s Manufacturing Sector
TORONTO, April 29, 2020 – The CIO Strategy Council (CIOSC) and Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) today announced a new partnership to support Canada’s electro-technical sector in the quest to digitize, standardize and improve cybersecurity. Through this partnership, EFC and CIOSC will support the advancement of the electro-technical sector’s transition to Industry 4.0 by collaborating on the following key areas:
- Identifying gaps in digitization processes and standards that may be barriers to digital adoption as well as designing and implementing appropriate standards development strategies.
- Sharing information on cybersecurity issues facing the electrical manufacturing sector to improve the security of digitized operations and supply chains through CIOSC’s Advisory Committee on Cybersecurity.
- Designing and implementing a standardization strategy to improve the cybersecurity of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices used in manufacturing, installation, system integration and decommissioning.
“The partnership between the CIO Strategy Council and Electro-Federation Canada will help shape and advance the necessary standards and expertise needed to enable continued growth and modernization in Canada’s electro manufacturing sector,” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council.
“The power of technology is fundamentally changing supply chain operations and production methods,” said Carol McGlogan, President and CEO of EFC. “Our partnership with CIO Strategy Council allows EFC to have a seat at the table and be involved in influencing IIoT standards development so our members can continue to lead the design, manufacturing, supply and servicing of these new devices for the Industrial automation market.”
About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at www.ciostrategycouncil.com.
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not -for-profit industry association that represents over 220 member companies that manufacture, distribute, market and sell a wide range of electrical products. EFC members contribute over $10B to the Canadian economy and employ over 40,000 workers in over 1,300 factories, locations or establishments across the country. Learn more at https://www.electrofed.com/.
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