September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity in an Industry 4.0 Environment: Join the Mission!

Contact: Jean-Guy Rens (

Full Study Description & Benefits (download pdf file)

CATAAlliance  is leading a project on “ Cybersecurity in an Industry 4.0 Environment,” a comprehensive study that includes essential infrastructures, a survey of small and medium enterprises and of public utilities, one-on-one interviews with thought leaders, a mid-project round-table, and a final workshop with major stakeholders.

Our expected outcome is the identification of best cybersecurity practices and the facilitation of their adoption to all business sectors, ranging from SMEs to large scale organizations.

To accomplish our mission, we are bringing together partners from both the public and private sectors. The Quebec Government (Industry and Innovation), CyberNB and Siemens Canada.

Interested parties have two ways of participating:

  • Join the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee: A steering committee made up of specialists from government, academics, infrastructure organizations and IT security consultants and industrialists who will be involved in defining the parameters of the study and contribute to the analysis of the results.
  • Become a Partner: Funding for the study is on a PPP – public-private partnership – basis. The cost for a corporate partner is $ 25,000. There are many benefits provided (e.g.,  product and solutions profile, media interview opportunities, video interviews to advance leadership brand, proprietory questions in the Survey). Please request a detailed prospectus.

Overall sponsorship of an independent study such as the one we are developing, includes many benefits:

  •  Enables better penetration of partner messages in the media;
  •  Creates links between the partner company and target customers at a competitive cost;
  •  Increases awareness of target audiences on cyber security issues;
  •  Can integrate into the partner marketing programme; and,
  •  Reinforces the image of the partner.

We are confident that this important initiative can shed new light on the rapidly changing cybersecuirty environment, and help guide desired solutions.

Interested in engaging in this research? then please contact Jean-Guy Rens (

About Jean-Guy Rens

Jean-Guy Rens

Jean-Guy Rens is an information-technologies consultant specializing in public policy analysis and marketing assistance for the introduction of new products and services. Mr. Rens has produced several independent studies on the information-technologies market in Canadian and Quebec markets. He has also conducted several studies on both robotics and cybersecurity for the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance): the Canadian Advanced Security Industry and the Advanced manufacturing sector.

On the international scene, Mr. Rens worked in Tunisia, Senegal and Morocco where he is currently conducting the first study on cybersecurity for the main association of cybersecurity users (AUSIM). Earlier, Mr. Rens had helped France Telecom to get prepared for the advent of competition (Local rates in Canada and Universal service and cross-subsidization in Canada).

Mr. Rens wrote a book on the history of telecommunications in Canada under the title  “The Invisible Empire” (History of Telecommunications in Canada), McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal 2001. He is a member of the management team and Governing Council of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) and serves as CATA Quebec VP.

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