Former astronaut to participate in 2019 cybersecurity summit

Opportunities NB says former NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa will lead keynote discussions at the 2019 CyberSmart summit in Fredericton.

The summit will run May 29 and 30 and is facilitated by CyberNB, a special operating agency of Opportunities NB.

The province says te summit is the only cybersecurity skills and workforce development event if its kind in North America.

In it's third year, its focus on cybersecurity attracts delegates from around the world and is intended to showcase New Brunswick as an indsutry leader.

Opportunities NB says SyberSmart brings together representatives of industry, academia and government to discuss the global shortage of sybersecurity professionals, to foster talent and innovation, and to develop strategies to mitigate labour shortages in the digital age.

The province says this year's summit will feature a regional ethical hacker competition of middla and high school students, and since the summit has an underlying focus on encouraging girls and women in the industry, this year will include a Cyber Day for Girls.