The recent recession has hit a number of jobs throughout the world, with cut backs in a variety of sectors, including manufacturing. Now, it appears cybersecurity efforts are also falling victim to the troubled economic times. The Global Centre to Secure Cyberspace, or CyberPol, a center in Canada, has lost a $50 million donation and is struggling to remain active.
CyberPol was initially created back in 2007 to combat identity theft, child pornography, cyber threats to infrastructure, spam and securities manipulation. The center is designed to bring together police and academics to help tackle cyber crime. However, several months ago, the center lost its $50 million donation due to the economic downturn.
The center is also facing resistance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the main police unit in Canada who help combat cyber crime. RCMP question the set up of the new center and believe the model needs to be altered to be effective, particularly as RCMP claim the center is redundant, and covers a number of areas the police are already handling.
The center is currently exploring other funding options, including government and private funding options.