ISPIA/CMSSS workshop Nov 26 - Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: What You Should Know

Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy: What You Should Know
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Monday, November 26
University of Calgary Downtown Campus
Canadian Government has proposed a new National Security Cyber Strategy (NCSS) that focuses on society as much as state. NCSS requires a much more thorough relationship between state and society, including secret agencies and open bodies, which in turn challenges conventional views about the boundaries of the state, and the liberties of the citizen. It intensifies the old dilemmas of the relationship between liberty and security. This workshop brings, law enforcement, industry, and academia to discuss nuances and challenges of implementing the new strategy.
1:00 pm – 1:05 pm Welcome and Introduction Dr. Susan Skone, Associate VP (Research)
David Bercuson (History/CMSSS) and Rei Safavi-Naini (Computer Science/ISPIA)
1:10 pm – 2:10 pm Panel 1: National Cyber Security Strategy
Moderator: Marina Gavrilova, Computer Science/ISPIA, University of Calgary
John Ferris, History/CMSSS,U of Calgary
Marc Kneppers, Telus Communications
Mike Nesbitt, Law/CMSSS,U of Calgary
Mike Lalande, Calgary Police Services
10 minute break
2:20 pm – 3:20 pm Panel 2: Who’s Observing the Observers
Moderator: Ken Barker, Computer Science/ISPIA, University of Calgary
Emily Laidlaw, Law/ISPIA,U of Calgary
Joel Reardon, Computer Science/ISPIA, University of Calgary
Ray Patterson, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Bill McAuley, Alberta Sheriffs
10 minute break
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Panel 3: Question Period
Moderator: Ryan Henry
Discussion and Q&A with all panelists.
4:20 pm – 4:30 pm Closing
David Bercuson and Rei Safavi-Naini
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Reception (lobby)

Raytheon Cyber Challenge

Raytheon Cyber Challenge
In the massively complex and chaotic environment of cyberspace, owners and defenders of interconnected networks require controlled environments to accurately and safely assess their defenses and effectiveness of day-to-day operations. Enormous amounts of data are generated and distributed from and across critical infrastructure operators as they are converging their Operational Technologies with emerging technologies such Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) technologies.
Data intensive Critical Infrastructure Systems are becoming more reliant on data driven decisions resulting in enhanced insights and substantial savings; however, connected devices are subjected to risks of cyberattacks. As systems become more connected, the risks of cyberattacks become greater. The ability of OT, IIoT and UAS enabled technology to easily connect with existing software and control systems further expands the threat.
To mitigate and counter this economic threat to our industries, Raytheon plans to implement an Alberta based fit-for-purpose Cyber Operations, Development and Evaluation (CODE™) Centre which includes a cyber range capability. Our cyber range capabilities will provide a broad set of Critical Infrastructure Tools (CITs) and a unique range automation capability that will help strengthen the stability, security and performance of cyber infrastructures for Operational Technologies (OT), IIoT and UAS based systems used by large global companies, SMEs and government agencies.
Alberta Innovates and Raytheon Canada Limited are challenging Alberta Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to bring forward high-potential solutions to help counter the escalating threats of cyberattack and protect Alberta’s economic future.
Showcase your innovative cyber security solution with one of the world’s foremost leaders in advanced technology. Are you up for the Challenge?
The Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) supports the commercialization of made-in-Alberta technologies by accelerating the development, demonstration, evaluation and adoption into the global market. ASBIRI is a flexible, sector agnostic platform program meant to catalyze unique partnerships between relevant stakeholders, industry leaders, and Alberta SMEs to create economic benefits for Albertans.
Visit the Challenge webpage more information:
Or contact:
Alistair Hazewinkel, Senior Business Partner, Funding Solutions
Alberta Innovates
(780) 450-5334
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Launch Date: November 30th, 2018

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