The Canadian Institute's Cyber Security for Critical Infrastructure conference was recently held over two days on September 29 and 30, 2015 at St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre in Toronto. 

This conference attracted a wide range of executives from a variety of industry sectors with one thing in common; protecting their organization's critical infrastructure from the increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks being mounted with increasing frequency in today's world.  The critical need for the information available at this event was evident by the level of engagement by the audience in the discussions at the end of every session. 

Featuring two Keynote speakers – Kent Schramm, Head of Cyber Security for the Government of Ontario, and Jacklyn Wynn, Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, RSA Global Public Sector, the conference was Chaired by Curtis Levinson, United States Cyber Advisor to NATO, and Vice President, Strategic Cyberspace Science (CSCSS), and included extremely informative presentations that were delivered by high-calibre speakers such as:

  • "Examining the Latest and Next Generation Threats Targeting Canada's Critical Infrastructure"Ray Boisvert, Senior Associate, Hill + Knowlton Strategies

  • 'Effective and Streamlined Cyber Incident Response Strategies' – Michael Castro, Senior Director, Information Security and Risk Management, Loblaw Companies Limited and Richard Rushing, CISO, Motorola Mobility

  • "Proactive and Compliant Insider Threat Risk Mitigation" - Bob Carver, Manager of Network Security, Senior Security Analyst, Verizon Wireless

  • 'Conducting Thorough Cyber Vulnerability Assessments and Implementing Critical Awareness Training' – Robert Wong, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Risk Officer, and Chad Marson, Senior Risk Manager – Technology Risk Management, BMO Financial Group
  • 'Exposing Cyber Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems and Implementing Preventative Risk Management Procedures' – Mark Fabro, President and Chief Security Strategist, Lofty Perch

  • 'Innovative Approaches for Protecting the Internet of Things and Combatting Mobile Attacks' – Ritesh Kotak, Community Safety Command, Toronto Police Service, Jeff Stark, Director, Cyber Security, CIBC and Ajay Sood, General Manager, FireEye Canada

  • 'Organizational Resilience from the Top Down: Evaluating the Board's Oversight into Cyber Security' – Daniel Thanos, Director of Advanced Cybersecurity & Strategic Programs, TELUS

 A highlight of the conference was the live hacking demonstration provided by Nick McKerral, Security Engineer at Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., which showed the ease with which hackers can gain access to an organization's networks. Some of the delegates I spoke to told me that this is a unique and valuable event because it offers an opportunity to hear and learn from their colleagues in other sectors.

See what delegates and speakers had to say. (link to testimonials page with new testimonials)

There was lots of opportunity for interactive discussion, and the audience made the most of it. This is definitely a topic gaining momentum. Thank you to each and every speaker – you all did a great job!  We look forward to another fantastic program next year.

Mary Ellen Chater
Senior Conference Producer
The Canadian Institute

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