Under the leadership of Compute Canada’s Director of Information Security, Dr. Jonathan Ferland, Compute Canada initiated the creation and implementation of a national security program. This Security framework defines a common minimal standard to ensure risks associated to the national platform are under control. This framework, based on international best practices, establishes common national practices that aim to protect privacy, to protect data in Compute Canada custody and to ensure an appropriate level of integrity and availability in its service delivery. Several key milestone have been reached, including the creation of a project-wide privacy and data protection policy and the implementation of proper consent management and use. Several other components are being developed to ensure continuous improvement to the framework. The security program is being widely adopted by Compute Canada member institutions, ensuring its efficiency and setting solid ground for its evolution.
Compute Canada also created a Security Council responsible for developing and implementing the security program and ensuring alignment with local and regional needs and regulations.