New research chair in cybersecurity governance and management

Laval University and its Faculty of Administrative Sciences today announce the creation of the Research Chair in Cybersecurity Governance and Management. This chair will have the mission of better understanding, documenting and resolving social, human and management issues linked to digital security in public and private organizations. It will benefit from funding of 2 million dollars over 5 years, also coming from the Ministry of Cybersecurity and Digital Affairs and Microsoft.

The Chair’s activities will cover several areas of research that will shed light on complementary dimensions of cybersecurity issues. “We will study the place of cybersecurity culture in public and private organizations, governance, risk management and compliance with the security of information assets in these organizations and the digital maturity of citizens who use digital services”, explains the holder of the Chair , Hager Khechine, professor at the Faculty of Administrative Sciences at Laval University.

  • Numerous activities will be implemented to enable the President to fulfill his mission, including:

  • Monitoring scientific research and cybersecurity governance and management practices adopted at national and international level

  • Empirical studies through, among other things, case studies and questionnaires

  • The creation of tools (assessment questionnaires, awareness plans, risk management models, etc.) to improve practices and knowledge in accordance with national and international standards

  • Activities that aim to bring the scientific community and the practical world closer together to allow the transfer of knowledge.

“I am very excited about this agreement signed with Laval University, which is aligned with the Government Cybersecurity Policy that aims to take advantage of the strengths of the ecosystem, namely through the establishment of partnerships in research and innovation. Thanks to the transfer of knowledge, the work of the Research Chair in Cybersecurity Governance and Management will allow the government to increase the effectiveness of its fight against cyberattacks and cyberthreats”, highlighted the Minister of Cybersecurity and Digital Affairs, Eric Caire.

“To stay ahead of today’s increasingly difficult and complex security threats, we must take concerted innovative action and invest sustainably in cutting-edge research that deepens our understanding of the cybersecurity landscape,” said Michel Biron, sector director public for Eastern Canada at Microsoft. “As a company committed to making the world a safer place, we are proud to support the creation of this new research chair at Laval University and to help ensure a secure digital future in Quebec.”

“The news reminds us almost daily of the issues we all face in terms of cybersecurity and digital transformation,” said Laval University Rector Sophie D’Amours. “The creation of this chair led by an expert recognized for the quality of her research, training and knowledge dissemination activities in digital security management will bring a significant advantage to Quebec society, providing it with expertise in cutting-edge technology that will allow it to face better these imposing challenges.”

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