Canadian Women in Cybersecurity


Bringing diversity in the cybersecurity workforce by educating and inspiring women from all walks of life and all generations. Come and learn from the leaders who broke the glass and paved the way for the rest of us to be able to lead and excel in cybersecurity. From career development to inspiring keynotes, from IoT to best practices in cybersecurity and even hacking demos. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dr. Gina Cody - PhD building engineering - Concordia

We have evidence to show that unconscious and conscious bias have serious issues in tech development. I think to talk about the importance of diversity in cybersecurity as a check against unconscious bias to make sure there are proportional representatives involved in developing these technologies would be important. Cybersecurity involves defensive and offensive measures.

From a defensive perspective, studies show that diverse teams are more creative. Not to mention that hackers and online criminals represent a diverse group of people and therefore can be better understood using a diverse perspective.

From an offensive perspective, it’s important to make sure that technology isn’t embedded with racial, cultural, religious or gender biases.

Breakout Sessions(45 min)
Breakout 1 - MNP (Panel - TBA)
Breakout 2
Breakout 3

Moderator: Rushmi Hasham - Director of Training and Certification - Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Ryerson University
Cat Coode - Founder Binary Tattoo
Mary Siklis - Director Security Operations- Point Click Care
Saminah Amin - Consulting and deals - PwC
Sherry Rumbolt - Senior IM/IT Security Officer (SISO) - Department of National Defence
Abby Daniell - Senior Manager, Amazon Web Services

Dr. Eman Hammad - Industrial & IoT Security Specialist with the Cybersecurity & Privacy team at PwC Canada

Accelerated digital innovation is penetrating every facet of modern society driving transformation across all industries and services. Innovations in wireless communication technologies and power electronics paved the way for the hyper-connectivity era, where the Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the defining characteristics of the new industrial revolution. By 2030, it is expected that there will be 50 billion connected (IoT) devices in the world: bridging our personal lives at home/home, enabling digital care services, providing the building blocks of smart cities and smart factories. Most importantly, IoT devices are/will be collecting massive amounts of data to enable intelligent decision making (Ml/AI) and automation promising solutions to major challenges from personalized medicine to sustainable agriculture. The reality of how IoT is, and will increasingly be, an integral part of our connected world only emphasizes the critical impact that cyber threat actors can impose on what and who is connected. The current state of IoT cybersecurity and privacy is alarming particularly due to 1) lack of cybersecurity regulations and standards, and 2) current IoT manufacturing practices where cost and time to market are prioritized over maturity. Recent IoT cyber incidents exemplify the ease of exploiting the IoT eco-system and scale of impact/disruption. This will be further complicated with the advent of the next generation wireless mobiles networks (5G) which would provide connectivity for massive IoT devices with abundant bandwidth and access that could be exploited to amplify potential malicious cyber-attacks and threaten the enabling 5G itself.

In this talk, we will discuss recent developments and industrial best practices to improve the current state of IoT cybersecurity & privacy, including digital trust platforms and frameworks. We will also highlight remaining challenges and gaps and what cyber-risk management strategies organisations can follow for a safer and more reliable IoT adoption and integration.

Breakout Sessions(45 min)
Breakout 1
Breakout 2
Breakout 3

Olivera Zatezalo - CSO Huawei Canada
Ana Andreasian - Former CISO Women’s College Hospital
Adriana Gliga-Belavic - Partner Cyber Security and Privacy, Canadian Payments Security Practice Leader, PwC

Adriana Gliga-Belavic - Partner Cyber Security and Privacy, Canadian Payments Security Practice Leader, PwC
Dr. Ann Cavoukian- Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Rene McIver - CSO Securekey Technologies Inc.

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    March 10, 2020 7:30
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    1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6
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