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Top 5 Talk to Attend at SecTor 2018


Toronto’s cyber security conference, SecTor, will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre October 1-3, 2018.  Heading into its 12th year as Canada’s Premier IT Security Conference, SecTor brings together experts from around the world to share their latest research and techniques involving underground threats and corporate defenses. The following are my picks of sessions that I think should be of interest to most attendees.  To learn more about the sessions, and to view the full conference calendar, click here! To learn more about the exceptional conference speakers, visit SecTor’s Speakers page for more information.

The Future of Cyber Security – From a Friendly Hacker’s Perspective: October 2: 12:00-1:10pm

Keren Elazari is an internationally acclaimed security researcher, author and strategic analyst. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Big 4 firms, advised Fortune 500 and groundbreaking startup companies, helping global organizations navigate complex cyber security issues. In her keynote on the Future of Cybersecurity, she asks the question “what’s next?” Keren’s address will shed light on emerging security threats and inspire the audience to take action with practical ideas on how to make a difference in their organizations. She will explore what we can learn from, and how we can work with, friendly hackers to help protect ourselves in the cyber age. 

Are We Setup to Fail? October 3: 9:00-10:00am

Mark Nunnikhoven is the Vice President of Cloud Research at Trend Micro. In his keynote address, Mark discusses how it seems criminals are winning against cyber security professionals.  Billions of dollars are being spent on the latest and “greatest” tools, and millions of people hours are being exhausted in the defence of our data. Yet with all this effort, it remains trivially easy for most criminals to compromise systems. Mark strives to answer the question of not just why, but how to beat the cyber criminals by exploring those failures, the reasons behind them, and the steps that can be taken to correct them. Perhaps by asking if a different approach could be more effective, we may just find a more successful way forward!

Translating a Lifetime of Learning into Cyber Risk Management: October 3: 12:00-1:00pm

Bruce Potter is Expel’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). He’s responsible for cyber risk management and ensuring the secure operations of Expel’s services. In his keynote, Bruce talks about his own cyber security journey and how his experiences have shaped how he makes cyber risk decisions.  Bruce will talk about how you can learn from mistakes (as he has) and how to leverage the experiences of others to help make you, your organization, and the industry smarter, stronger, and more resilient than any tool, tactic or procedure.

Career Panel: Developing Your Career in IT Security (2018): October 2: 2:55-5:00pm

Not to be missed, the career panel is one of the biggest draws at SecTor.  Whether you are looking for industry insight, your first job, changing careers or professional development, this year’s Developing Your Career in IT Security panel and networking is for you. This year’s panelists include: Maxwell Shuftan – CyberTalent Program Director, SANS Institute, Laura Payne – Director, Information Security at BMO, Stephan Jou – Chief Technology Officer at Interset, Donald Messier – Director General of Infrastructure Security, Cyber and IT Security Operations, Shared Services Canada and Dave Millier- Uzado’s Founder and CEO.  Brian Bourne, the Co-Founder of SecTor, will moderate the panel. Be sure to stick around following the panel and Q&A, as there will be a career fair following, featuring Echoworx, eSentire, Fortinet, OPTIV, SANS, Scalar Decisions, Shared Services Canada, Simeio Solutions, Symantec, Synack, Telus, Uzado & York University. 

Breach Readiness, Mandatory Reporting and You! October 2, 11:30-12:00pm

Danny Pehar, Business Development at Uzado, has over 15 experience in the cyber security industry.  In his talk about Breach Readiness, Danny explains that having a proactive plan against security breaches is not longer good enough, you must have a reactive plan as well.  In addition, Breach readiness in Canada is about to take on a whole new meaning as new regulations regarding mandatory reporting of privacy breaches under Canada’s federal data protection law come into force on November 1, 2018. Danny’s session will help the audience understand how to mitigate the effects of a breach, reduce the turnaround time and how to do so after the new regulations are in force.

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