The center is intended to grant CGI private and public sector clients from all over Canada full access to its security services through an integrated platform comprising CGI security experts from the U.S. and the U.K., according to a company statement.
“The number, frequency and sophistication of these cyber incidents are truly staggering and they are unquestionably on the rise,“ said John Proctor, director of cybersecurity at CGI.
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, the facility will house 200 security teams, a 24/7/365 security operations center and an accredited security evaluation test center.
CGI said that cyber attacks cost Canada $1.2 billion in 2012 and continue to pose a risk to the Canadian interest.
Proctor said the center's security operations division would intercept 45 million potential cyber events per week.
“Our clients are well supported locally, while being confident that CGI has the international expertise to stay ahead of the global nature of cyber threats,“ said Dominique Gagnon, vice president for security services at CGI.
The security center services will also include testing, managed services and training for clients.