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Joint Security Project: Funding Information

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As security issues become more complex, universities, colleges and research institutions require increasingly sophisticated tools to protect their intellectual property, and private, unique or confidential data.

The purpose of CANARIE’s Joint Security Project, offered in collaboration with Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, is to:

  • Facilitate the development of a community of institutional security specialists to increase institutional awareness of security issues;
  • Operationalize a standardized monitoring system across Canada’s research and education institutional networks, based upon standardized cybersecurity protocols;
  • Develop a data aggregation and visualization platform to provide a national view of network security activity on institutional networks; and
  • Develop an overarching, cohesive, and comprehensive security strategy that would support the growth of cybersecurity in the Canadian research & education community.

Participants will benefit from learning about new approaches to information security, and interacting with top security leaders and researchers within the intrusion detection community. Training and informal collaboration sessions will strengthen cybersecurity knowledge for participants and their respective institutions.

Who is eligible to participate?

Canadian research and higher education institutions that are connected to CANARIE or to one of the twelve provincial and territorial network partners1 which collectively form the National Research and Education Network (NREN). Verify that your institution is connected to the NREN. If you feel that your institution has been omitted from this list in error, please contact noc@canarie.ca.

CANARIE will not accept applications from:

  • Foreign organizations
  • Research and education institutions that are not connected to the NREN.

Project Participation Options

  1. Participation in the Joint Security Project; and / or
  2. Deployment of an Aggregation and Visualization Platform to collect, aggregate and visualize data from multiple security related feeds and from any open source intrusion detection system (IDS) to provide a national security view that can be accessed by all participants in the Joint Security Project.

1. Participation in the Joint Security Project

Under this call, CANARIE will invest up to $513K to support participation in the Joint Security Project:

CANARIE-funded participation: 27 institutions will be selected to receive up to a maximum of $15K each in funding for a period of 6-8 months.

Selected institutions will install a CANARIE-procured, intrusion detection system (IDS) for threat and vulnerability detection2, and receive funding to support the efforts of a technical staff member in meeting the funded participation obligations outlined below.

Note: Federal research facilities are not eligible for funded participation, but are welcome to apply for non-funded participation.

Non-funded participation: Institutions may participate without CANARIE funding by installing any IDS for threat and vulnerability detection on their institutional network, uploading institutional network security data to a central data aggregation and visualization platform, and making a member of their technical staff available to participate in the project for a period of 6-8 months.

a. Funded Participation Obligations

b. Application Procedure

c. Participant Selection Procedure

d. Call Timeline

e. Things To Know Before Submitting a Proposal

f. Still have questions?

a. Funded Participation Obligations

  1. The institution will install the CANARIE-provided IDS on their network;
  2. The institution will operationalize the equipment in accordance with collaboratively determined standards;
  3. The institution will make a member of their technical staff available to:
  • Participate in scheduled videoconferences to develop standards for:
    • open-source technology
    • IDS locations
    • monitored traffic types
    • installation and configuration practices
    • central data collection platform specifications
    • data management rules
    • alert handling processes
  • Attend a system configuration and skill-building workshop, at CANARIE’s expense – 1 full day in June 2017, location TBD.
  • Upload institutional network security data to the aggregation and visualization platform, e.g. logs of IDS signature hits such as TOR known relay / router, hostile host traffic, potential SSH scan detection, login bruteforcing etc.
  1. The institution will allow the sharing of aggregated results and analysis with other Joint Security Project participants.
  2. Submit a final written report to CANARIE regarding the outcomes and impact of the Joint Security Project.

b. Application Procedure

Applicants wishing to participate in this project must submit the online application form by Monday March 27th, 2017 at 16:00 Eastern Time. We recommend that applicants save, print and review a copy of their submission before clicking “Submit”. Once an applicant clicks on “Submit”, a confirmation email will be sent confirming that the application has been received. If the applicant does not receive an email, they should contact jointsecurity@canarie.ca as soon as possible.

c. Participant Selection Procedure

Non-funded participation: All eligible applicants who do not require funding will be selected to participate.

CANARIE-funded participation: Institutions applying for funding must meet the following mandatory criteria:

  1. All funded work must be performed in Canada.
  2. The institution must be a Canadian university, college, corporation or other legally recognized entity that is connected to the National Research and Education Network (NREN).
  3. The institution must not be a federal government institution (federal department, agency, or Crown Corporation, including their research facilities).
  4. No more than half of the membership and Board of Directors of the institution can be composed of representatives or agents of the federal government.

Initial Selection: Based on highest FTE count:

  • 15 universities*
  • 2 community colleges / CEGEPs*
  • 2 research facilities housing Canadian science instruments*
  • 2 teaching hospitals*

Secondary Selection: Remaining Applications:

  • The institution with FTE count at the median point*
  • The institution with FTE count immediately below the median point*
  • A minimum of four (4) additional institutions to provide maximum geographical diversity
*In the event of a tie at any point in the selection process, ultimate selection will be based on enhancing geographical diversity of project participants.

d. Call Timeline

Application deadline: March 27th, 2017 – 16:00 ET
Funding decisions announced: April 18th, 2017
Funding period: 6-8 months

e. Things To Know Before Submitting a Proposal

  • All materials produced with respect to the project (including, but not limited to, publicly accessible websites) shall reference CANARIE’s role in the project.
  • All communications related to projects and project funding must be made in both official languages for any nation-wide communication aimed at the general public and for any communication aimed at the general public residing in bilingual regions.

f. Still have questions?

CANARIE will host an information webinar on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 2 pm ET. Please sign up using the following link: canarie.ca/jspwebinar

Any other questions about this call or about CANARIE’s Joint Security Project can be directed via email to jointsecurity@canarie.ca.

2. Deployment of an Aggregation and Visualization Platform

Under this call, CANARIE will invest up to $87K to develop an aggregation and visualization platform to meet the needs of the Joint Security Project.

a. Application Procedure
b. Platform Selection Procedure
c. Call Timeline
d. Things To Know Before Submitting a Proposal
e. Still have questions?

a. Application Procedure

All proposals must include a Statement of Work, and preliminary Budget using the CANARIE templates provided.

Once the Statement of Work and preliminary Budget documents are ready, complete the online proposal submission form by March 27th, 2017 at 16:00 Eastern Time.

We recommend that applicants save, print and review a copy of their submission before clicking “Submit”. Once an applicant clicks on “Submit” a confirmation email will be sent confirming that the application has been received. If the applicant does not receive an email, they should contact jointsecurity@canarie.ca as soon as possible.

b. Platform Selection Procedure

A data aggregation and visualization platform will be selected through a competitive process.

All proposals must meet the following mandatory criteria:

  1. The institution must be a Canadian university, college, corporation or other legally recognized entity that is connected to the National Research and Education Network (NREN).
  2. All funded work must be performed in Canada.
  3. The institution must not be a federal government institution (federal department, agency, or Crown Corporation, including their research facilities) agency.
  4. No more than half of the membership and Board of Directors of the institution can be composed of representatives or agents of the federal government.

All eligible proposals will be evaluated and ranked against the following scoring criteria in order to determine which proposal will be funded:

  1. Extent to which the platform aggregates data from multiple security related feeds from any IDS, including Bro.
  2. Extent to which the platform analytics and querying capabilities are optimized for cyber threats, security, and high performance.
  3. Extent to which the platform provides extensible visualization capabilities optimized for cyber threats.
  4. Extent to which the platform is able to collect data and provide project participants with access to the aggregated data and visualizations.
  5. Extent to which the platform could be developed or enhanced to provide different algorithms, tools, and analytics.

c. Call Timeline

Submission deadline: March 27th, 2017 – 16:00 ET
Funding decisions announced: April 18th, 2017
Funding period:  6 months

d. Things To Know Before Submitting a Proposal

  • CANARIE requires that a representative of Research Accounting / Research Services (an Accounting Representative) prepare the preliminary budget using the template provided. Should a project be approved for funding, CANARIE will work with the Accounting Representative to finalize the budget.
  • CANARIE funding is claims-based i.e. – quarterly claims must be submitted with supporting documentation including, but not limited to time sheets or supplier invoices.
  • CANARIE only funds direct and incremental costs required for completion of the project.
  • All goods and services, including labour, shall be valued at cost and must not include any mark-up nor exceed market value.
  • Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the final executed Project Agreement are not eligible.
  • The institution (Lead Contractor) must provide proof of payroll prior to submission of the first claim.
  • Lead Contractors shall not issue any release or publicity concerning a funded project or its subject matter except with prior written approval of CANARIE.
  • All materials produced with respect to the project (including, but not limited to, publicly accessible websites) shall reference CANARIE’s role in the project.
  • All communications related to projects and project funding must be made in both official languages for any nation-wide communication aimed at the general public and for any communication aimed at the general public residing in bilingual regions.

e. Still have questions?

CANARIE will host an information webinar on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 2 pm ET. Please sign up using the following link: canarie.ca/jspwebinar

Any other questions about this call or about CANARIE’s Joint Security Project, can be directed via email to jointsecurity@canarie.ca.

Additional Resources:


Alberta: Cybera | British Columbia: BCNET | Manitoba: MRnet | New Brunswick: ECN | Newfoundland: ACORN-NL | Northwest Territories: Aurora College | Nova Scotia: ACORN-NS | Ontario: ORION | PEI: UPEI | Quebec: RISQ | Saskatchewan: SRNET | Yukon: Yukon College
2 The equipment will become the property of the participating institution