Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute at University of Waterloo Receives Investment from Mastercard

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI) at the University of Waterloo have announced a $550,000 partnership focused on research and talent advancement in cybersecurity.

The funding will support projects that increase “Trust in Data” around: fingerprinting, identification and validation, and data protection.

Professor N. Asokan, CPI Executive Director at the University of Waterloo, said:

“We greatly appreciate the investment by Mastercard and their commitment to our students and globally renowned faculty. This partnership will allow us to advance research and commercialization initiatives and prepare the next generation of industry leaders in cybersecurity and privacy.”

With exponential growth in digitized information and threats surrounding this data, the need for sophisticated identification and secure storage methods is immediate and pressing.

To ensure continued development in these key areas, Mastercard’s partnership will also provide scholarships “for graduate and undergraduate students whose studies relate to cybersecurity and privacy.”

Sasha Krstic, president of Mastercard in Canada, said:

“Rapid advancements in digital technology have changed the way we shop, pay, work and interact, resulting in unprecedented amounts of data being shared. With increased convenience and opportunity comes increased risk. Part of our commitment at Mastercard to advancing innovation in cybersecurity, privacy and data science means sharing expertise through partnerships like CPI, defining standards and playing a leading role in securing the ecosystem.”

With over 60 diverse faculty members “representing 16 departments, CPI is integral to fostering interdisciplinary research collaborations and training world-leading talent in cybersecurity and privacy.”

Partnering with Mastercard will enable CPI to “build on its leadership in these rapidly changing fields.”

Mastercard is committed to “supporting Canadian innovation, technology and cybersecurity talent.”

This partnership with CPI is “the latest in a series of cybersecurity-related investments Mastercard has made in Canada, which includes a $510M investment in its Global Intelligence and Cyber Centre of Excellence in Vancouver.”

The Centre is leading innovation “in cyber and intelligence (C&I), artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Research from the Centre is already enhancing Mastercard solutions by combining the Centre’s real-time decision intelligence and processing technologies with existing cyber capabilities creating new approaches to strengthen online security along with advancing trust along the entire customer journey.”

As noted in the update, University of Waterloo is “a global innovation hub that drives economic and social prosperity for Canada and the world.”

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