Security Policy

Engaging decision-makers in a complex world

The Institute fills three primary roles in security policy:

Knowledge Aggregator

The Institute brings together a select group of leading experts from various fields to share expertise, analysis and knowledge of emerging security issues.

Security Advisor

The Insitute mobilizes information and relays it to Canada's policy makers and corporate leaders, turning research and hot-off-the-press knowledge into actionable policy options and business decisions.


The Insitute runs a specialized certificate program for civil servants and private industry to establish shared knowledge, draw lessons from collective security experiences, and create connected professional environment that will keep the security context relevant in government and corporate sector decision-making. Delivery is via intensive short courses designed to focus on practical decision-making.

Upcoming Security Policy Courses & Events

Security considerations are on the mind of all decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and indeed, of most citizens. The Institute is trusted source of knowledge and learning in security policy. It fosters substantive dialogue and provides continuing education 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.

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Security Policy Institute

This two-day course offers students a comprehensive introduction to the modern Middle East.  It provides the historical background needed to understand the causes of today’s crises and problems, as well as the current key social, political and economic drivers of the Middle East.

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Past Security & Policy Courses

  • "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
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