Phirelight Participates in Ottawa Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup

Posted by | November 16, 2017 | Announcements, Blog, News | No Comments

To be presented by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in person!

We at Phirelight Security Solutions are pleased to annouce our paricipation in Jim Watsons Cyber Security | Challenge | Sécurité Informatique (CyberSCI)!

Phirelight Security Solutions is participating alongside… CGI, Bell Canada, the Bank of Canada and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in the second annual Cyber Security | Challenge | Sécurité Informatique (CyberSCI), a city and regional cyber security (hacking) competition for students in the Ottawa area.

On Saturday, Nov. 18th 2017, students selected from Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, and La Cité will compete in teams to attack a vulnerable computer network, break through the cyber defences, take control of the systems and advise the fictitious company on how to defend against their cyberattack.

The winning team will be presented The Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup by, Jim Watson!  Four of the students from the top teams will have the opportunity to interview for fully-paid internships with sponsoring companies: CGI, Bell Canada, Bank of Canada, CSE, and Phirelight Security Solutions.  Support is also being provided by SERENE-RISC, a network of Centres of Excellence for Knowledge Mobilization, ISSA-Ottawa chapter, the Carleton University Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program, and

“The Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup is a great opportunity to raise awareness about cyber security, while also providing students with educational and professional opportunities,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I’m proud to once again support this fun and engaging competition that highlights the community’s Cyber security awareness efforts.”

The Canadian Cyber Security Challenge was founded in 2011 by Tom Levasseur, senior security consultant now with the Bank of Canada, to address the shortage of skilled resources in Canada’s IT security workforce.

Each school was invited to send eight competitors: two teams of four participants chosen by the academics representatives for their respective schools.  For a contact list of these academic reps visit:

Important Information:

Where: Carleton University, St. Patrick’s Bldg, Room 303

When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Who: Post-secondary undergraduate students from Carleton University, uOttawa, Algonquin College, and La Cité are eligible to compete

Why: Opportunity to interview in person, after the event, for paid intern jobs in IT security companies for the top students in the competition

For more information on CyberSCI and the Mayor’s Cyber Challenge Cup, please contact Tom Levasseur at (613) 720-1232 or  Or visit

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