July 24, 2012

Nepean company to help protect Federal Government from cyber security threats


Nepean, ON —MP Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton) announced that the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP), has signed a contract with a local technology company to help combat cyber security threats on government networks. This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services.



“This contract award is great news for all Canadians,” said Poilievre. “Solana Network’s innovation, designed right here in Nepean, will protect the government against cyber security threats which continue to become more sophisticated as time passes.”



Solana Networks Inc.’s innovation, SMARTFlow, is a real-time network security monitoring tool. It focuses on detecting cyber security threats and attacks, including new types of attacks as they occur, using an anomaly-detection approach. Last year, the product was pre-qualified for government use but will now actually be used on government networks.


“We are delighted that the Government of Canada recognizes our product’s ability to secure its networks. The Innovation program has helped us find a government department as a reference customer for a new product. This is a valuable step in growing our business and strengthening the local economy,” said Nabil Seddigh, President of Solana Networks Inc.

For use and testing of this product, the Government of Canada will pay Solana Networks Inc. $161,364. This provides a much-needed service to the government, while also demonstrating the value of the product to other non-federal customers.



Launched in 2010, the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program has already shown encouraging results, connecting Canadian companies with federal departments and agencies that have a need for innovative products and services. The Government of Canada has awarded contracts for 40 Canadian innovations and 64 Canadian innovations pre-qualified since the beginning of the program.