The City of Surrey is the second largest city in British Columbia, with a population of over 500,000. Our population continues to grow and by 2041 is estimated to surpass Vancouver as the largest city in BC.
As a city striving to put our communities at the forefront of the digital economy, we need to address cybersecurity risks to make sure that as Surrey grows into the region’s second metropolitan centre it also remains a place that is safe to live and conduct business. Collaborating internationally to solve this issue is forward-thinking and seeks to protect the best interests of our citizens.
The City of Surrey and HSD are partners within the Global Ecosystem of Ecosystems Partnership in Innovation and Cybersecurity (Global EPIC). This initiative has been founded to enable the future securely through the development and sharing of new knowledge in the field of cyber security – leading to societal, economic and technological impact in a timely fashion. It will do this by building a global community of innovation ecosystems who will collaborate on projects and share expertise through an expanding network of diverse organizations. This initiative will see 14 global ecosystems co-creating and adopting world-changing solutions to high-impact cybersecurity challenges, both current and emergent. The ecosystems involved come from over 10 different countries spanning three continents, reflecting the truly global nature of the partnership.