CISO Forum Canada 2024

CISO Forum Canada is brought to you by siberX, and brings speakers, attendees, & sponsors from all over the world together to discuss the everchanging field of executive information security management. Topics focus on leadership, strategic management, innovation, & cutting-edge solutions to the challenges of leading information security programs.

This event is open to Director level and above security leaders only. The attendee list is reviewed by the advisory. For any vendor/partner registrations, please refer to the sponsorship package.

CISO Forum Canada will mobilize leaders from across Canada as speakers & attendees for keynotes, panel discussions, & round-tables followed by an executive reception.

This event is in-person and online.

CTO
CTO at Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) of Canada
Director General, Partnerships, Risk and Mitigation
Director General, Partnerships, Risk and Mitigation at Canadian Centre for Cyber Security at CSE
Head of Information Systems / CIO
Head of Information Systems / CIO at Lakefield College School
Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Officer at City of Markham
VP, Information Technology
VP, Information Technology at NORR
Director, Cyber Security
Director, Cyber Security at MPAC
CISO
CISO at Traffic Tech
CISO
CISO at CAE
Managing Director, Cybersecurity, Portfolio Value Creation
Managing Director, Cybersecurity, Portfolio Value Creation at CPP Investments
CISO
CISO at CN Rail
CAO
CAO at Town of Midland
VP, CISO
VP, CISO at Equifax Canada
CISO
CISO at WestJet
CIO
Chair at CISO Forum Canada Advisory
CISO & VP, Enterprise Architecture & Digital Technology
CISO & VP, Enterprise Architecture & Digital Technology at Ontario Power Generation
VP Information Security & CISO
VP Information Security & CISO at Kepler Communications
CISO
CISO at Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative
CISO
CISO at Ruby
VP & CISO
VP & CISO at Varicent
Director
Director at MISA Ontario
VP, Information Security
VP, Information Security at Choice Properties REIT
Global CISO and Head of Global IT Infrastructure
Global CISO and Head of Global IT Infrastructure at Fiera Capital
Chief Cyber Security & Technology Officer
Chief Cyber Security & Technology Officer at InfoTransec Inc
CSO
CSO at CDW Canada
VP, IT Operations, Infrastructure & Cybersecurity
VP, IT Operations, Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at DUCA Financial
Operating Partner & CISO
Operating Partner & CISO at Craft Ventures
Director of Cyber Defence
Director of Cyber Defence at GoEasy Ltd
Strategic Advisor
Strategic Advisor at Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange
Head of Cybersecurity
Head of Cybersecurity at Youth Employment Services
  • Start your day off with a VIP Breakfast:

    • Scrambled Eggs

    • Chicken sausage

    • Crisp fried breakfast potatoes

    • Whole wheat croissants, lemon poppy seed loaf and banana bread

    • Fruit preserves, honey and butter

    • Assorted individual yogurts

    • Fresh sliced fruit and berries

    • Fresh juices, coffee, and assorted teas

  • Take a refreshing break with warm treats:

    Fresh warm mini doughnuts with chocolate filling, and strawberry filling accompanied by soft drinks, fresh coffee and assorted teas.

  • Navigate the clouds with finesse, harmonizing governance structures and security protocols to ensure a seamless and secure journey through the expansive realm of cloud computing.

  • Stretch your legs and take a deep breath! For a truly relaxing experience, visit our wellness zone where you can enjoy some quality time with the adorable companions from the St. Johns Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, or engage in the creative fun of constructing the Avengers Lego Tower.

  • Embark on a strategic exploration of running a security program in the face of geopolitical complexities, unveiling adaptive frameworks to ensure resilience and effectiveness in an interconnected world.

  • Investigate the root causes of challenges faced by security teams in gaining budget approvals. Uncover strategies to enhance communication, demonstrate value, and navigate the financial complexities of cybersecurity initiatives.

  • Re-energize with a warm lunch:

    • Baby spinach salad with Ravine Farms mushrooms, herbs, and maple mustard vinaigrette

    • Red beet salad with Vidalia onions and house vinaigrette

    • Grilled supreme of chicken with herbs

    • Creamy mashed potatoes

    • Seasonal Holland Marsh vegetable medley

    • Apple and pear crumble with whipped cream

    • Soft drinks, fresh juices, coffee, and assorted teas

  • Stretch your legs and take a deep breath! For a truly relaxing experience, visit our wellness zone where you can enjoy some quality time with the adorable companions from the St. Johns Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, or engage in the creative fun of constructing the Avengers Lego Tower.

  • Cybersecurity students and enthusiasts from institutions across Ontario will be competing in TSoM’s CTF (Capture the Flag) intercollegiate competition! During the game, teams, consisting of of 3 - 4 players will be challenged to reverse engineer environments and discover web exploits. All toolkits, connectivity, and servers will be provided, with participants receiving support and guidance throughout the game. Stop by and check out the scoreboard and cheer on your favorite team!

  • As organizations deal with the proliferation of sensitive data, they must be cognizant of the type, classification and location of sensitive data within their environment, while automatically detecting and remediating the risk of data exposure. In this session, we will review a comprehensive approach to strengthening organizational data security posture. Learn how to leverage AI and leave behind legacy pattern-matching solutions generating false positives. Ensure you know what sensitive data you are protecting and proactively manage its lifecycle to remediate the risk of data exposure as part of your zero trust journey.

  • Refuel with tasty delights:

    Cajun and sea salt flavored chips, nachos with salsa, and caramel popcorn, accompanied by soft drinks, fresh coffee and assorted teas.

  • Hosted by industry leaders from across multiple sectors in Canada, the round table sessions are by registration only and are open exclusively to security practitioners. The roundtables are in-person (no virtual option available) and will examine practical use cases and best practices will be shared. The Chatham House Rule will be strictly enforced. Its guiding spirit is: share the information you receive, but do not reveal the identity of who said it. Participants can freely and openly share their experiences, and remarks made by any participant or speaker cannot be publicly or privately attributed to them.

    Quantum Leap; Navigating the Cyber Quantum Realm | Aaron Chow / Maggie Calle

    Frameworks Unveiled: Cyber Leaders' Share and Tell | Mayuran Kanthasamy

    AI Harmony: Crafting Policies for Ethical and Effective AI Use | Vaughn Hazen

    Burnout Blues: Strategies for CISOs in Managing Burnout | Mohsen Azari

    New Age Hiring: Securing Cyber Talent with Business & Political Acumen | Kush Sharma

    CISO Politician Roundtable: Decoding the Art of Reading the Room | Sunil Chand

    Risk Resilience: Sharing & Pooling Resources for Supply Chain Risk Management | Daniel Pinsky

    Train or Trained? A Roundtable on Developing and Retaining Your Team’s Talent | Alpha Chan

    Supply Chain Sentinels: Navigating the Landscape of Risk Management | Puroo Maheshwari

  • Presentation of the CISO Forum Canada awards, honouring outstanding individuals in three categories: Lifetime Achievement, Woman in Leadership, CISO of the Year and CISO to Watch . Be part of this inspiring event as we recognize and celebrate the remarkable contributions and achievements in the cybersecurity field.  Following,  get ready for a wonderful evening of networking at the CISO Forum Canada cocktail reception! This is your chance to mix and mingle with your fellow attendees over cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres. This is the perfect opportunity to expand your professional network and make new connections, all while unwinding after a full day of learning and engaging with industry leaders.

  • Start your day off with a VIP Breakfast:

    • Scrambled Eggs

    • Crispy bacon

    • Chicken sausage

    • Crisp fried breakfast potatoes

    • Whole wheat croissants, lemon poppy seed loaf and banana bread

    • Fruit preserves, honey and butter

    • Assorted individual yogurts

    • Fresh sliced fruit and berries

    • Fresh juices, coffee, and assorted teas

  • Refuel with tasty delights:

    Hummus, sweet potato hummus and olive tapenade with seasonal vegetables and mini pitas, accompanied by soft drinks, fresh coffee and assorted teas.

  • • Modern threats are increasing velocity and sophistication - What is your vision of the future SOC?

    • Alert Overload - How are your teams rationalizing/managing the overwhelming level of alerts?

    • Staffing: 1 analyst per 100 employees (knowledge workers) - Are you above or below that level. You can’t get enough resources to keep up!

    • Threat Hunting: Are you able to produce metrics around TH activities?

  • Re-energize with a warm lunch:

    • Baby spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and apple cider vinaigrette

    • Chicken Parmesan

    • Penne Pasta

    • Ravine Farms mushrooms and natural juices

    • Roasted new potatoes

    • Seasonal Holland Marsh vegetable medley

    • Brownies and Danishes

    • Soft drinks, fresh juices, coffee, and assorted teas

  • Emerging Leaders in Canadian Security (ELCS) and siberX have partnered to create Emerging Leaders CanHack (ELCH), a hackathon aimed at bringing fresh minds and emerging leaders in front of established leaders to shape the future. ELCH is designed to provide partner businesses an opportunity to witness young practitioners solve real-world problems related to cybersecurity and international relations. An advisory board consisting of academic and industry leaders will guide and advise participants. The hackathon consists of two prompts, and participants can form teams of up to four members. The competition will take place virtually, and participants will receive access to cybersecurity tools and free training to develop their response to the prompt. Join us as we hear the final presentations!

  • Take a refreshing break with warm treats  & engage with the ELCH Hackathon!

    Fresh baked chocolate chip, macadamia white chocolate chip, oatmeal and raisin cookies with mini biscotti. accompanied by soft drinks, fresh coffee and assorted teas. Enjoy your coffee and snacks while hearing emerging leaders pitch their final presentation at the Emerging Leaders Can Hack finals!

  • Some call zero trust a “journey” or a “transformation” due to the time and effort involved to take up the new security principles. CXOs are crucial to the these projects. Join Brett James, CTO in Residence at ZScaler has he takes lessons learned from previous journeys and explores the leadership responsibilities required to make yours a success.

  • As companies navigate the complexities of natural disasters, accidental deletions, and the persistent threat of evolving malware, the emphasis on resilient data backup solutions becomes paramount. In this session, Ray Heffer, Veeam's Field CISO, and Bill Quigley, Partner Solutions Architect at AWS, will guide participants through the critical role of secure backup strategies in fortifying organizational defenses.

  • Join us for an engaging evening filled with the uncensored charisma of the one and only Chris Roberts- one of the world’s foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research within the Information Security industry!

About the Venue

Situated in Richmond Hill, this hotel offers first-rate facilities including a spacious athletic club and comfortable guestrooms with contemporary amenities. The hotel hosts the conference venue and all attendees to CISO Forum Canada 2024 will see signage and notes to additional services and support to ensure a comfortable stay.

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