Google makes major donation to IMC2
February 1, 2024
The Multidisciplinary Institute for Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience (IMC2) created by Polytechnique Montréal in partnership with HEC Montréal and Université de Montréal, and whose Deputy director is Alina Dulipovici, Associate Professor in the School’s Department of Information Technologies, received its first major donation from Google.org.
The announcement was made on January 25 at a press conference organized in the tech giant’s Montréal offices.
“Cybersecurity has become a key concern for managers. What can we improve the protection of sensitive data? How can we improve the cyber resilience of organizations and, more broadly, of our society? These are the questions that keep them awake. Google’s donation will enable IMC2 researchers to tackle the various aspects of these key issues.”
What do we know about this grant?
- A total of around $1.3 million will be disbursed to IMC2 over a period of 2 years.
- Its purpose is to support concrete projects rather than financing the institute’s current operations.
- So, it will enable IMC2 researchers to pursue initiatives that are vital to achieving the vision of a cyber-resilient society.
- Among the projects financed by this grant, the following will be launched shortly:
- The setting up and investigation of the operational aspects of a service of trained volunteer cybercitizens to assist the public in the event of a cybersecurity incident, along with the development of a software solution to assess citizens’ security posture and exposure to the Internet.
- The development and implementation of a secure inter-university data-sharing platform to advance collaborative cybersecurity research.
- An exploratory study of the alignment between cybersecurity and sustainable development.
- Support and development of the cybersecurity entrepreneurial program run by Propolys, Polytechnique Montréal’s incubator for technology entrepreneurs.
Marc Gervais, Executive Director, IMC2, opines that Google’s interests are not merely limited to the exciting projects that this grant will help finance. The technology company seems keen on playing a major role in supporting cybersecurity in Quebec, and it looks upon IMC2 as a key partner for the future.
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