#CyberFLASH: Equipping Canadian Leaders with Tactical Insight to Better Prepare for and Respond to Inevitable Cyber-attacks

Local Input~ FOR NATIONAL POST USE ONLY - NO POSTMEDIA - Hacker using laptop. Lots of digits on the computer screen. Credit fotolia.OTTAWA — You are a Senior Corporate Officer sleeping soundly when your phone rings at 3AM. Your Chief Information Officer informs you the company has suffered a major breach that has comprised a host of confidential customer information. You have just joined the ranks of Target, Sony, JPMorgan Chase, TJX Companies Inc., and Home Depot – just a few of the industry leaders that have suffered major cyber-attacks that collectively impacted hundreds of millions of people. What do you do?

On October 19, 2015, GTEC, Canada’s internationally recognized forum for enabling and celebrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leadership, innovation and impact in Canada’s public sector, will address this question head-on in a novel pre-conference Cybersecurity Program: Are You and Your Organization Ready for a Big Data Breach?

As National Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicks off this October, GTEC’s Cybersecurity Program will equip public and private sector leaders with new insight to:

  • Better understand cyber threats and the broad impact of a cyber-attack;
  • Make educated decisions and up-front investments that help prepare for cyber-attacks; and,
  • Further safeguard critical infrastructure, services, and citizen information.

Sponsored by IBM and TELUS, this interactive one-day program will enable participants to benefit from the diverse cybersecurity expertise, experience and stories of many diverse executives. Spanning healthcare, retail, high-tech, and government, these experts will:

  • Provide an overview of the current global cybersecurity landscape including trends, challenges and opportunities;
  • Describe the cybersecurity issues that keep them up at night; cybersecurity investment considerations and strategic plans to respond to a cyber-attack; and lessons learned from an actual breach;
  • Detail the true cost of a cyber-attack – from financial implications to weakened brand reputation, reduced customer trust, and loss of focus on product development given the time required to address the crisis;
  • Explore and evaluate available tools, practices and steps to prepare for, address, and help prevent the debilitating effects of breaches and cyber-attacks; and
  • Recommend strategies to effectively manage a cybersecurity attack, minimize impact, and continue to safeguard for inevitable future threats.

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