A new relationship in the aerospace and defence industry will solidify Ignite Security’s commitment to helping international companies build cyber security compliance and governance. Signing on as members of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defence Association (ACADA), Ignite hopes to leverage decades of experience serving IT security needs in international aerospace and aviation.

“International companies like those represented at ACADA have unique challenges,” says Shawn Edwards, Ignite’s Director of Security Operations.

“We’ve navigated the compliance requirements of regulatory and defence bodies around the world, including Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia. We’re excited to bring that governance and compliance thought leadership to the table at ACADA,” he says.

ACADA is a collaborative SME-focused organization representing the interests of the aerospace, defence and security industries in Atlantic Canada. Serving more than 170 members and organizations across Atlantic Canada, ACADA supports the industry through program and service delivery across four key pillars: workforce and talent development, enhanced competitiveness, business development, and industry promotion.

Jody Fancey, ACADA’s Provincial Director for Newfoundland and Labrador, says she’s thrilled to have cyber security representation for the province.

“ACADA represents companies across air, land, sea and even space domains – so we’re all things aerospace, defence and security. Cyber security is one of our regional specialties, and cyber resilience is one of those key industrial capabilities. Having Ignite join us is a natural fit,” Fancey says.

Ignite’s presence on ACADA’s Provincial Council — which connects organizations across aerospace and defence with other industry partners within Newfoundland and Labrador — will be a benefit to ACADA members who may be looking for cyber security guidance.

“I’m looking forward to having a focused cyber security perspective for ACADA in the province. It brings the topic of conversation to the table,” says Fancey.

Ignite’s existing clients have long relied on its expertise in aerospace and defence, most recently for support with the United States DoD’s new cyber security compliance framework, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

“Our company required CMMC but did not have the IT Security expertise in-house so we didn’t know where to start. Ignite Security stepped in and provided us the guidance and project planning that we required,” says one Ignite client, who asked to remain anonymous given the security context.

For Ignite, as an IT leader, Edwards anticipates the new relationship with ACADA will be mutually beneficial for Ignite, ACADA, and its members.

“There are a lot of possibilities here. We’re looking forward to being part of what ACADA has to offer.”