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    About the Security, Economics and Technology Hub

    As Canada progresses into the 21st century, it is experiencing changes at an accelerating rate in three interrelated areas: security, economics and technology (SET).Intersection of security, economics and technology (SET)

    Canada's place in the world will be increasingly dependent on its security, its economic strength and its technological evolution. These issues are inseparable as Canada strives to keep pace with the unfolding new political orders and be prepared for the future by innovating and adapting to disruptive technology and global change.

    Turbulence is a part of change.  We need to embrace, utilize and influence those changes without letting risk define our opportunities. Understanding our world will make us confident in making strategic decisions.

    The Professional Development Institute, through the SET program, has engaged with our community to provide relevant and contemporary knowledge on issues that are important to us. We have facilitated training and events designed to address your interests. In light of global challenges, the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the private sector, the SET hub will provide access to subject matter experts who will explain the details and dynamics of these areas and who will help you prepare to navigate a positive and forward path in your responsibilities.

    Security considerations are on the mind of all decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and indeed, of most citizens. The Institute is a trusted source of knowledge and learning in security policy. It fosters substantive dialogue and provides professional development opportunities with top security policy experts from around the world. The exchange of knowledge on the most current and emerging security issues leads to actionable policy options, informed decision-making and enhanced planning for resiliency.

    Did you know?

    Complete 60 hours by attending any SET events or courses to receive a Certificate from the Professional Development Institute. Please note courses completed, in 2017 or later, under the former Security Policy Institute (SPI) umbrella also qualify for this Certificate.

    • A one-day SET course provides 6 hours towards a SET Certificate.
    • A two-day SET course provides 12 hours towards a SET Certificate.
    • A three-day SET course provides 18 hours towards a SETCertificate.
    • A Morning Brief or Lunch & Learn SET event provides 1 hour towards a SET Certificate.

    You have three years from the start date of your first course or event to complete the certificate program. Provided you complete all courses or events within three years, you can pace your learning as you wish.

    Upcoming SET Courses & Events
    Online Distance Learning sessions

    November 2020 

    China's Technology Development Agenda: Implications for Canada - Morning Brief
    This Morning Brief - a one-hour #uOttSET session -  identifies recent trends in China’s innovation system and technology development, and relates them to current and emerging threats for western companies and researchers who may be partnering with counterparts in China.  It will touch on China’s comprehensive policies and plan for technology development as well as their tactics for accessing western technology and intellectual property.

    Canada and the Cyber Challenge 
    This course will explore the digitized world (the good, the bad and the ugly) in the Canadian context with a view to assessing the breadth and scope of the cyber reality within Canada and the policy challenges it poses with emphasis on the Federal Government. You will be able to identify security gaps that cross policy files, and develop integrated policies to anticipate and respond to cyber threats. Read more.

    Cybersecurity Management and Implementation
    Enhance your management and leadership skills, by learning how successful organizations are implementing cybersecurity systems for protecting employees, information, and critical assets.  Based on real world experience and expertise, participants will get firsthand insights, knowledge, frameworks, and an understanding of the role of security operations.  Participants will leave with either updated or new management and implementation techniques and how to apply them within their organization. Know more.

    Intelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking  
    Intelligence refers to the process of collecting and analyzing policy-relevant, often difficult to obtain, information.  Accurate intelligence is crucial for policy-makers and practitioners to formulate and implement strategies with regard to the core issues of national security, including counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, foreign policy and defense policy. This course will introduce participants to the craft of collecting, processing, analyzing and presenting intelligence.  Know more.

    December 2020

    A Business Case for Cybersecurity 
    This course builds on implementation knowledge by addressing the business and cost side challenges faced by companies and governmental institutions. Starting with the growing costs of cyber risks and attacks, participants will apply analytics to identify benefits and loss exposures of accepting or transfer such risks. A cybersecurity model and scenario will be used through which participants will examine and evaluate the business costs benefits of TRA, ISMS, BCM frameworks. Know more.

    Routledge Handbook of Deradicalization Book Launch
    North American launch of the Routledge Handbook on Deradicalization.  Featuring authors from many countries, this book features contributions from academics and practitioners on what deradicalization of terrorists means and how to go about doing it. Read more.

    Why Peace in Yemen is Important to the World - Morning Brief
    Yemen is an ancient country with over 2800 years of history and a civilization that extended its rule to the whole Arabian Peninsula and the horn of Africa. Yemen is experiencing one of the most tragic conflicts of our time as, in the wake of the Arab Spring, the dreams of the Yemeni people turned into a nightmare with a violent conflict entering its sixth year. Yemen has become a battle ground fueled by countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Qatar, Oman, and the USA; all striving to maintain and increase their influence in the region. Read more - Morning Brief


    January 2021 

    Moles, Mass Leakers and Messiahs: Insider Threat and the Psychological Pathways of Betrayal
    Utilizing case studies of traitors ranging from ideological moles Kim Philby and Oleg Gordievsky; to mass leakers, Snowden and Manning; Canada’s Jeffery Delisle (DND), Gilles Brunet (RCMP) and James Morrison (RCMP), this workshop examines the psycho-social drivers of betrayal, as well as its external triggers.

    Communication with Kidnappers - Morning Brief
    In this the first #uOttSET Morning Brief of 2021 aspects of communication with the kidnappers during a kidnap for ransom incident will be discussed. This brief introduces the Kidnap for Ransom Incident Management Learning program that will be launched later in January 2021.

    Strategic Foresight and National Security Analysis
    There is a growing appetite for using strategic foresight, including in the field of security and foreign policy. Strategic foresight is about exploring the future, and to identify the challenges and opportunities that emerge from it. It helps to improve your capacity to think about the future in a structured and systematic way. 

    February 2021 

    Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    This intensive course will examine the terrorist threat to Canada and how it is being managed.  Instruction will consist of a series of short lectures and case studies.  Participants will be engaged throughout and encouraged to offer their own views.

    Intelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking  
    Intelligence refers to the process of collecting and analyzing policy-relevant, often difficult to obtain, information.  Accurate intelligence is crucial for policy-makers and practitioners to formulate and implement strategies with regard to the core issues of national security, including counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, foreign policy and defense policy. This course will introduce participants to the craft of collecting, processing, analyzing and presenting intelligence.  Know more.

    Intelligence Tradecraft and Government Machinery
    Take a deep dive into how intelligence is collected, review the complex world of disclosure and advisory mechanisms. Acquire an understanding of the rationale underpinning the controversial threat disruption powers (Bill C 51), which strengthened Canada’s national security regime.  

    March 2021 

    Terrorism in the World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    Terrorism has been a part of human society for centuries if not millennials. Even if we struggle to agree on a common definition we can still have an educated conversation on what it looks like and what has been the impact on societies both past and present. This course will examine terrorist movements and terrorist acts across time and place. Read more.

    Strategic Dynamics and Issues in the Middle East
    This course will offer a deep dive into understanding the Middle East, beyond superficial analysis of breaking events and dry academic theorizing. It will cover the main characteristics and dynamics of this region and its component states; its place in global affairs and international security; and the security challenges, both to its states, and emanating from the region to the international system. Read more.

    The Spy Next Door: Illegal Agent Networks and the Canadian Experience 
    Illegals or "sleeper agent" programs remain as strategic, long-term, resource-intensive, and damaging to Canada's interests as they were during the Cold War. Technological advancements have made human intelligence operations easier to identify and counter. Participants will be able to identify vulnerabilities in illegal network tradecraft and acquire an understanding of the policy implications for foreign affairs, immigration, and citizenship, some of which were only recently resolved.  Read more.

    Understanding The Canadian Intelligence Community: Who Does What and Why 
    The course serves to provide non-practitioners with a basic grounding in the structure, functions and challenges associated with Canada's intelligence community. Learning objectives include defining "intelligence", types of intelligence collection and analytical methods and the intelligence cycle and how it functions in Canada. The course also delvea in to the Canadian intelligence community and the current challenges it faces. Read more.


    April 2021 


    Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and National Security Policy 
    The profile of national security in general, and threats from terrorism specifically, ebbs and flows over time, despite the fact that the risk of attacks from a variety of sources is ever-present. This session looks at the policy implications of the threat posed by terrorism today, and the Government of Canada's counter-terrorism strategies. Read more.











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    Visit the SET Homepage for Upcoming Courses and Events

    The SET (Security, Economics and Technology) program within the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a practitioner-based initiative where seasoned veterans in Canada's security intelligence and specialist communities share their experiences, their knowledge and their best practices.  The members of our teaching staff collectively have more than 200 years of day-to-day involvement in national security spheres and are well-placed to offer reflections on what they have learned.

    As part of their contributions to our understanding of security, economics and technology we are pleased to announce the inauguration of our weekly blog. You will read interesting takes on current events, all seen through the eyes of longstanding practitioners, and able to learn from them.  We would also like to hear from what you think of our specialists' thoughts.

    Past S.E.T. Workshops

    • "From Global to National Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges"
    • A New National Security and Privacy Regulatory Framework: Key Impacts on the Private Sector
    • Big Data Analytics and the Future of Decision Making
    • Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy
    • Canadian Security and Technology Strategy
    • Canadian Security in a Changing World
    • Compliance and Audit of Values and Ethics in Public Service
    • Countering Violent Extremism: An International Undertaking & Canada's Role
    • Cyber Security and the Cloud
    • Cybersecurity in an Era With Quantum Technologies
    • Cyberwar, Cybercrime, and everyday Cyber Attacks: How Nations Prevent and Respond to Cyber Threats
    • Doing Business in a Complex Geopolitical Environment
    • Effective Communication for Security Policy Development
    • Energy Policy in the 21st Century
    • Fighting ISIS: Canada's options
    • From Global to National Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges
    • Fundamentals of Anti-Corruption to Prevent and Detect Fraud and Corrupt Activity in Public Sector Organizations
    • Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting and Financial Controls to Prevent and Detect Fraud and Corrupt Activity in Public Sector Organizations
    • Future Connections: How we will communicate, work & play
    • Geopolitics: Russia, Iran, and North Korea
    • Global Terrorism and Implications for Canada
    • How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going? An Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East
    • Iran: Implications for Canada and the World
    • Readiness and Resilience in the Age of Disruption
    • Russia, Turkey, and the Black Sea Basin
    • Security Outlook: Potential Risks and Threats
    • Someone is Watching & Listening: Lawful Intercept
    • Technology as a Strategic Security Asset
    • Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    • The Rule of Law in Whole of Government Involvement in Fragile States
    • Track Two Diplomacy
    • Understanding the Rapidly Evolving Threat Environment: Building Organizational Resilience
    • Values and Ethics in Security
    • What to do with Returning Foreign Fighters
    • Facing Changes in the Military While Respecting the Rule of Law: Emerging Responses and Legal Issues 
    • How Worried Should Canadians be About Terrorism?
    • Global Terrorism Index 2019 Briefing
    • The Cyber Collaboration Imperative
    • Threat in the Time of Pandemic
    • The Outsider Among us
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