#CyberFLASH: Federal government uses CODE2015 to boost open data’s profile in Canada

CODE-2015_featureThe federal government kicked off its promotion of an open data hackathon in Toronto on Wednesday night, encouraging people to use publicly available data provided by government departments to build new apps.

Now in its second year, the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) hackathon is targeted towards students, entrepreneurs, programmers, developers, and graphic designers. Participants will have two days to come up with a creative mobile app using open data sets provided by the federal government, with an eye to helping youth, commerce, or to improving quality of life. The contest kicks off Feb. 20 and runs until Feb. 22, coinciding with International Open Data Day on Feb. 21.

Last year, more than 900 participants competed in the hackathon, so the organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this time around. But more importantly, they’re trying to highlight what people can do with open data, said Ray Sharma, founder of Toronto’s XMG Studio Inc. and one of the main organizers of CODE2015.

“Every government agency, we’re talking fisheries, we’re talking defense, we’re talking immigration, we’re talking StatsCan, every regulatory body – can you imagine the data that exists?… Do you see why that’s exciting?” Sharma said, adding there’s a vein of untapped potential in all of that data. He’s especially excited about the prospect of bringing research publications online.

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#CyberFLASH: Cybersecurity Professionals and Academics Meet in Ottawa to Address the Latest Online Threats

leaked_data_focus_455234During Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) is hosting more than 130 participants at its second biannual workshop in Ottawa. Featuring internationally renowned experts from Canada, the United States and Europe, the program will address some of the latest findings on online risks.

The speakers will present on a variety of topics including global cybercrime, the work of the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, cybersurveillance landscape, information and security research, as well as data breach and underground markets. 

The two-day event, Cybersecurity metrics for better decision-making: a Canadian perspective, will help governments, companies and civil society to access reliable data that would allow them to understand the nature and scope of relevant cybersecurity problems, critical information for effective decision-making.

Date: Tuesday, October 21 & Wednesday, October 22
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:30PM (Tuesday) & 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Wednesday)
Location: Ottawa Convention Centre
55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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#CyberFLASH: Cybersecurity Experts Gather in Ottawa to Discuss Quantum-Safe Standards


WATERLOO – Experts from around the world will gather in Ottawa this week to discuss cybersecurity in a quantum world.

The University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), in partnership with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), will host the 2nd Quantum-Safe Cryptography Workshop in our nation’s capital. The workshop brings together leading experts in cybersecurity, quantum computing and quantum technologies, along with government and industry leaders to develop a roadmap to ensure tomorrow’s cybersecurity protocols are secure in a world with quantum computers.

“We must start thinking about the future today,” says Michele Mosca, deputy director of IQC and co-organizer of the workshop. “It takes years to establish the right standards and protocols for cybersecurity. We don’t have a large-scale quantum computer yet, but we are quickly getting closer and there is a serious risk of having such quantum computers before the right quantum-safe protocols are in place.”

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#CyberFLASH: Can2020 conference discusses future of online privacy, cybersecurity


At 8:30am eastern time on October 3rd, the #Can2020 conference will convene in Ottawa at the Convention Centre. The opening topic of discussion will be on the matter of the future of cybersecurity and online privacy. 

Hon. Anne McLellan, Canada’s first public safety minister, moderates a panel on privacy and cybersecurity that also features: Karen Neuman, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Hon. Stockwell Day, a former public safety minister; and Fen Hampson, CIGI’s Global Security & Politics program. 

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#CyberFLASH: (ISC)2 & SecTor Invite you to Canada’s Largest IT Security Education Conference


SecTor is pleased to announce two more outstanding Keynotes for SecTor 2014. Felix ‘FX’ Lindner and Kellman Meghu join the SecTor lineup. See the full listing of Speakers and Sessions at www.sector.ca. This year SecTor takes place on October 21st & 22nd with an optional training day on the 20th.

SecTor 2014 Features:

-Over 50 Sessions and Keynotes from the industry’s most respected and trusted experts

-Earn up to 24 CPE credits

-The largest Expo of leading IT Security vendors and interactive centers in Canada

-Speakers flown in from around the world to speak in our Technical, Management, Fundamentals and Sponsor tracks

-The Expo Theatre – where you can view the Keynotes and learn from our industry sponsors

-SecTor coffee lounge where you can “plug-in” and recharge throughout the day

-The Lock-Pick Village returns, as well as SecTor’s Capture the Flag competition

-Reception, Dinner and Party @ Steam Whistle Brewery sponsored by Rapid7 and Akamai – all Full Conference Attendees are       invited to join our Speakers for entertainment, food and networking on October 21st.

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#CyberFLASH: We’re taking your Online Privacy concerns straight to the B.C. Legislature and we need to hear from you


Ever wanted to have your opinions heard by key decision makers in B.C.? Now’s your chance. Our own David Christopher has been invited to present the pro-Internet community’s concerns about privacy to key MLAs of the B.C. Legislature. David will be offering testimony about the privacy implications of B.C.’s Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA).

PIPA is the provincial equivalent of the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). It sets out how many commercial entities in British Columbia should safeguard their customers’ privacy. There are a number of key concerns with PIPA in its current form:

   -It allows for your personal information to be handed to government authorities without a warrant, and without your consent.

   -It allows for your personal information to be handed to other organizations, in some circumstances without your consent.

   -Citizens don’t even get notified that their information has been handed over without their consent.

   -Warrantless requests for private information were recently ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and B.C.’s provincial legislation needs to be updated to reflect that.

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#CyberFLASH: Glenn Greenwald Speaks – Oct. 25 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM : The Auditorium, 440 Albert St. Ottawa


Glenn Greenwald is coming to speak in Ottawa

Glenn Greenwald along with his colleagues at The Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his work on the Edward Snowden NSA documents. Glenn is also a NYT best selling author and frequent commenter on CBC, MSNBC, Morning Joe, and Democracy Now. Glenn Greenwald is now recognized as one of the most influential journalists in America. 

Glenn will be speaking about state surveillance, privacy and its impact on Canadians. CSEC, Canadian Security Establishment Canada, is Canada’s version of the NSA. CSEC is a full partner in Five Eyes. CSEC is putting the final touches on their new facility in Ottawa, at $1.5 billion dollars, it is the most expensive building ever built in Canada. What are they doing there? Come join us and find out.

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#CyberFLASH: Canadian Cyber Security Powerhouses Bring Strategies for Stopping Advanced Threats to SC Congress Toronto


TORONTO – SC Congress Toronto 2014, Canada’s most prestigious and influential event for information security leaders, announces its fifth annual conference and expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, June 17 and 18, 2014. The event brings together the brightest minds in the IT and information security field – from both the public and private sectors – to address the ever-evolving security threat landscape and the solutions and strategies necessary for defending Canada’s critical infrastructure and its enterprises.

SC Congress Toronto has become a staple for the Canadian information security industry. Attendees expect to gain essential information on the latest threats and issues facing the government and enterprise today. This year’s gathering will explore a number of key issues, including: the impact the NIST framework will have on businesses and critical infrastructure security; the future of PCI; and how threat actors will take advantage of the Internet of Things. Security practitioners will not want to miss this year’s event and the practical strategies outlined by some of the leading voices in enterprise network security.

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