BCIT launches first of its kind Industrial Network Cybersecurity Lab

Fully interactive INC Lab is the first of its kind in Canada and is designed to train students using game-based learning.

To combat the growing threat to the world of cybercrime — it’ll cost organizations $10.5 trillion by 2025 —  businesses must start viewing cybersecurity as an integral piece of the puzzle in their digital transformation journeys. And in response to the growing need for professionals in this area, BCIT has officially opened the doors to its Industrial Network Cybersecurity Lab (INC Lab) for training the next generation of network security professionals.

The fully interactive INC Lab is the first of its kind in Canada and is a state-of-the-art facility that is specifically designed to train students in the Industrial Network Cybersecurity (INC) program using game-based learning.

Launched in 2019 as the brainchild of Roger Gale and David Leversage, the BCIT Industrial Network Cybersecurity program came from a collaboration between the School of Energy and the School of Computing and Academic Studies.

When it comes to defending against increasingly complex cyber threats, Gale says, “When we’re defending against hacker groups in today’s environment, we need to be implementing a much higher level of integration across industries and networks, and think very seriously about how we defend our systems.”

The INC Lab is designed for that purpose, with plans to expand its scope in the coming years.

Learn more about the lab on BCIT’s website.

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