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08 Jul 2011 14:50

SC Congress Canada a hit with the region’s security gurus

With 600 attendees, the second annual SC Congress Canada in Toronto, June 14 to 15, proved even more successful than its launch year.

Speakers, attendees, exhibitors and journalists seemed to find the exchange of ideas and expertise they were seeking by attending the event. Feedback from the respective groups was extremely positive, with many noting their anticipation for announcements about next year’s SC Congress.

“We found that there was great value in exhibiting this year and that there was excellent flow of quality attendees. I see the SC Congress becoming the premiere show for doing security business in Canada – a must attend for anyone that works in security,” said Steven Cohen, president of Sentry Metrics, a provider of managed services and security consulting which exhibited at the event.

Sessions and keynotes throughout the two days were led by some of Canada’s top industry professionals from the country’s private and public sectors.

Numerous and engaging keynotes included Ontario information and privacy commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian, who discussed how Privacy by Redesign (PbRD), an extension of her well—known Privacy by Design (PbD), can help organizations engineer security and privacy into legacy systems to protect their customers’ personally identifiable data and their companies’ intellectual property.

“I always enjoy speaking to this audience about the positive–sum approach required to ensure that we have both privacy and security. We can, and must, have both,” she said, adding that she really enjoyed this year’s event and the “wonderful crowd,” which led to her making “some great connections.”

In addition to Cavoukian’s keynote, also on hand were Ron Deibert, professor of political science and director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and Rafal Rohozinski, senior fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & CEO, SecDev Group, who spoke about ways to secure the cyber commons. As well, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Howard Cox discussed information sharing between private and public sectors, as well as among various countries, to successfully prosecute cybercriminals.

The event’s finale was the 24 Hours to Network Meltdown, an interactive session that showed just how attackers can take advantage of such things as social media or mobile security vulnerabilities.

Along with the main event, the SC Awards Canada 2011 gala honored the achievements of companies and IT security professionals striving to safeguard businesses, their customers, and critical data. A listing of this year’s winners can be found here: scmagazineus.com

“The 2011 SC Congress Canada, as in years before, provided a great venue for today’s security thought leadership to converge,” said Mark Fabro, president and chief Security Scientist, Lofty Perch, Inc.

Commenting on the success of last year’s event overall, which saw the likes of esteemed security leaders such as Jennifer Stoddert, Scott D. Swartz, and Dr. Ann Cavoukian speaking, Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine, said it was an easy call to see the event return this year and in the future.

“Since our first Canadian event was an absolute hit with tremendous feedback from our attendees, partners and speakers, we decided to hold our second conference earlier in the calendar year to further support and enhance Canadian information security. So far, based on all the responses from our attendees, partners and speakers, we achieved our mission of providing the ‘know how’ to aid cybersecurity leaders in their fight against cybercriminals. We’re looking forward to continuing the event next year and extending our various editorial offerings to the region so that we can play a role in helping to shape a very vibrant Canadian security landscape.”

Dates for next year’s event will be announced shortly. In the meantime, a full list of this year’s speakers, a conference agenda, media partners and sponsors can be found at: scmagazineus.com