July 18, 2016
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Siemens Canada have entered into a new long-term collaborative relationship with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The agreement focuses on research and commercialization opportunities on smart grid cybersecurity and microgrids, identifying and pursuing application of new technologies in these growing markets. The MOU signing took place as part of a best-practice sharing session and campus tour attended by BCIT and Siemens executives and stakeholders.
Recent shifts in the energy landscape in Canada, including the advancement of technologies and connectivity of electrical networks, have opened utilities to the possibility of attacks — compromising the integrity, reliability, and security of these networks. Cybersecurity is a critical and mandatory issue for grid operators today — as the grid becomes more digital, it also becomes more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Per the MOU, Siemens and BCIT’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) SMART group will enable knowledge-sharing and training to address gaps in Canada’s critical public utilities infrastructure.