#CyberFLASH: Experts to Discuss Cybersecurity for Consumers, Major Data Breaches, and More

serene-risc-11_1OTTAWA – As part of the biannual workshop program, the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) is offering an impressive list of presentations from world-renowned experts who will address several pressing cybersecurity concerns, such as:

  • Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cybersecurity for consumers
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Real-life data breaches
  • Alternative training approaches to tackle the cybersecurity talent shortage
  • Emerging trends in cybercrime

Date: Wednesday, October 28 & Thursday, October 29
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:30PM (Wednesday) & 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Thursday)
Location: Canadian Museum of Nature
                   240 McLeod Street, Ottawa

Members of the media are invited to attend the presentations. Please contact SERENE-RISC if you would like to attend the event or schedule an interview with a speaker or a SERENE-RISC director.

Interview Opportunities:

Benoit Dupont (Université de Montréal)
SERENE’s Scientific Director and Canada Research Chair in Security, Identity and Technology

Sonia Chiasson (Carleton University)
SERENE’s Deputy Scientific Director and Canada Research Chair in Human Oriented Computer Security

Workshop speakers may also be available on a case-by-case basis.

About SERENE-RISC

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC) is a knowledge mobilization network created to improve the general public’s awareness of cybersecurity risks and to empower all to reduce those risks through knowledge.

SERENE-RISC brings together academics in the fields of computer and social sciences, as well as public and private partners, to mobilize the growing knowledge about online risks and to promote the most effective strategies and minimize the consequences of cyber attacks.

SERENE-RISC partners include 26 academics from 14 universities across Canada, public and private sector members, and not-for-profit organizations. The Network is funded by Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCE) and is hosted by Université de Montréal.

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The NDP argue such a study is needed to see what’s being done to solve “this massive problem,” and reduce the risk that future breaches could lead to someone having their identity stolen.

“We have no idea how many cases of data loss or breach or hacking have resulted in Canadians having their personal information or financial information stolen,” NDP MP Charlie Angus said. “We need to find that out.”

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Such reporting is part of federal Bill C-12, or Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act(PIPEDA), which received first reading in Parliament in September.

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