COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Membership Update - Connecting PPE supply with demand, funding for innovators to fight COVID-19, new guidance for managing cyber threats

Dear Member,  

Please find below CADSI’s latest update as we keep you informed of policy decisions affecting your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you provide PPE or other in-demand supplies?  

CADSI can help you connect your supply with Canada’s demand. If you are contributing to Canada’s COVID-19 emergency response, please let us know by following the steps below. 

Step 1: Create or update your company profile on CADSI GATEWAYcapabilities (link: defenceandsecurity.ca/orgProfile/home), a platform that showcases business products and services to government and industry partners. 

If you have any questions about GATEWAYcapabilities, please contact Christina Amos by emailing membership@defenceandsecurity.ca.  

Step 2: Share your best examples and stories in the short, 5-minute survey here (link: surveymonkey.com/r/NSKNY7W)  

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Kathryn Forrest by emailing kathryn@defenceandsecurity.ca


Funding for innovators who can help fight COVID-19 

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) is calling for proposals from companies that have a COVID-19 solution ready to be tested by the government. 

ISC has dedicated funding to support R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings that can help protect Canadians. 

Testing Stream (link: ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/00096.html) Call for Proposals was launched on April 9.

Your company could land a sale of up to $550K, and if your innovation is deemed to be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19, under exceptional circumstances, ISC may provide additional funding to test your innovation.  

This call for proposals will only be open for a limited time. Please apply before April 21st, 2020. 


New guidance issued for COVID-19-related cyber threats 

A collaboration between two new members of Canada's industry-led Cyber Defence Force published its first guidance to firms on how to work cyber-secure from home. The guide (link: b9a953d4-692a-4825-8206-aeaad8efb4a5.filesusr.com/ugd/c961c9_3a95e3f427494a1dbd7d0b22f84fb976.pdf) covers:  

  • how to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs),  
  • how to setup basic malware protections,  
  • how to counter social engineering and phishing schemes, and  
  • how to reduce vulnerabilities to insider threats.  

If your company needs additional cyber support, please visit the CDF's slack channel (link: covid19cyber-canada.slack.com/archives/C010F72092N/p1586371033171900), for up-to-the-minute guidance and advisories on COVID-related cyber threats.  

Members can also reach out to our Policy Advisory for Cyber, Marc Watters (marc@defenceandsecurity.ca) for more information. 

CADSI is committed to keeping you informed. If you need more information on a topic that hasn’t been covered in our updates or if CADSI can assist you in any way, please email Mindy Pearce at mindy@defenceandsecurity.ca.

Posted 2020-04-14
Last Modified 2020-04-15 07:33