Election Committee – call for volunteers! – CLOSED

Hi everyone! 

As discussed at our February chapter meeting, we are looking for 2 individuals to volunteer on our election committee to steer the upcoming Board election for the role of President. 

To qualify for the election committee, you need to be an (ISC)² member in good standing who has been active with the Chapter this year (e.g. attended at least one event this year). Preference will be given to fully credentialed (ISC)² members.

If you are not a credential holder or an Associate of (ISC)², you are not eligible for the committee. However, you would be able to help us administer the voting survey link, validate (ISC)² membership of the voters, and other tasks that demand objectivity and independence from voting members, so your application would be welcome as well.

Please submit your application to [email protected] with the following information by March 1, 2020 at 12PM:

  1. Subject line: Election Committee Application – [Your Name]
  2. Your full name
  3. Your (ISC)² number
  4. Why you are interested in helping with the election process (max. 50-100 words)
  5. Skills and past experience that would help you with this duty (max. 200 words, or attach a resume)
  6. Your contributions to the Chapter this year, as applicable (max. 200 words) 

More information about the Election Committee: 

  • The Election Committee will meet on a weekly basis from March 2 to April 15 to help the election process
  • Approximate commitment: 30 min per week
  • Duties include:
    • Review and finalize the mechanics of the election process
    • Review candidate profiles and vote on candidates who are eligible to run for the position of President
    • Oversee the election to ensure a fair and transparent process
    • May not run in the election, nor vote in the election
  • Some support from April 15 to April 30 to assist with the transition of the board team

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or [email protected]

Best regards,
The (ISC)² Toronto Chapter Team

Previous Events

November 19th 2019 –  Cyber Crime and AD Risks & Strategies

  • Alpha Chan and Lisa Belanger from the Toronto Police Services will present developments in the TPS Cybercrimes unit and their investigations
  • Eric Matthews from Parabellyx Corporation will speak to AD related risks and strategies for an evolving cyber landscape

Dec 11th, 2019 – Year End Event

  • Sponsored by CIBC at the Artscape Sandbox
  • CIBC and Chapter Team to speak

Crafting a Future in InfoSec – Thank you!

Thank you very much to all who made Crafting a Future in InfoSec a massive success! Particularly, thank you to our volunteers, our sponsor CIBC – notably the CIBC Strategic Gender Partnerships group – our great audience, and most of all our inspiring speakers Sarah Qureshi, Rachel Guinto, Heather Begin-Kao and Heather Ricciuto!

From Left to Right:  Victoria Granova, Sarah Qureshi, Rachel Guinto, Heather Begin-Kao, Heather Ricciuto

Victoria Granova (Chapter Director) guided an in-depth discussion of our panelists’ journeys into cybersecurity and leadership, commentary on the career landscape, advice to cybersecurity candidates, and some valuable guidance for a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

A big thank you to our audience for coming – your questions were fantastic! Looking forward to seeing everyone at our next event – make sure you’re following us on our social media to be notified:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISC2Toronto
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4881548/

Moderator: Victoria Granova
Opening/Closing Remarks: Tyson Mark
Photo Credits: Nelson Chen & Arthur Chung

(ISC)² Toronto Chapter Meeting @ SecureWorld Toronto 2019

April 24, 2019 – Both the SecureWorld Toronto 2019 conference and Chapter Meeting were great successes.  The Toronto Chapter successes were made possible by the support and generosity from SecureWorld, our volunteers, our guest speakers, the hard work of our Chapter Team in the months and weeks leading up to the event, and especially the members who attended!

The Chapter Team would like to thank SecureWorld and their organizers, notably Paul Scott, for all of their generosity at the SecureWorld Toronto 2019 conference.   Their team was extremely helpful to the Chapter through providing a booth at the expo and conference room for our Chapter Meeting, as well as ensuring smooth operations throughout the day.

At our booth we met with familiar faces and more than a few new ones.  Our team was able to reaffirm existing and start new relationships with individuals, companies and other organizations with the goal of bringing more value back to our Chapter Members, the Center for Cyber Safety & Education, and to support other Chapter initiatives.

As typical, our Chapter meeting was crammed full with as much content for our members as we could muster. We did a brief overview of Chapter updates and initiatives (see our website and social media for more details in the upcoming weeks!) and had four speakers who generously contributed their time to our members.

Greg Thompson updated the Chapter on the CCSE and fielded questions about the outreach and fundraising efforts underway.  CCSE initiatives are really solidifying and the Chapter is excited about how we can support their objectives to raise cybersecurity awareness with these most at-risk groups.  A truly worthy endeavour!

Karen Nemani introduced the Chapter to the Ontario affiliate of Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS), a group focused on the promotion of women in cybersecurity and focused on assisting with education and career development of their members.  

Sahba Kazerooni presented a personal message of how to more closely align security service vendors with internal CISO teams.  He related from his own experiences of being on both sides of the table of how the perspectives and objectives can be improved for all involved.  Excellent takeaways for both service providers and internal security teams!

Altaz Valani presented a very insightful message based on their research of where a gap exists between high level security policies and execution of those policies, and how to be more effective at closing that gap – an interesting topic certainly worth considering for another follow up to explore in more depth!

To All Attendees:

Please remember to submit your own CPEs for the Secure World conference. As our event ran longer than the actual conference, some of you might not have been able to collect your certificate from their organizers; in this case, please reach out directly to them to get a copy of your certificate for the day.

Chapter Meeting CPEs –

The Chapter must submit the CPEs for the Chapter Meeting on your behalf.  If you completed the survey at the end of the Chapter Meeting, your Chapter team will submit your CPEs for you to (ISC)².  If you had to leave before the end, please contact [email protected] BEFORE May 6th so we can get the info from you to complete that submission.

All of the presentations will be made available shortly in PDF format; please keep an eye out for that message if you would like to have a copy of those items.

Safe & Secure

To all (ISC)² Toronto Chapter members who are interested in participating in the Safe and Secure Online initiative, please contact [email protected].

Please include your Full Name, (ISC)² Cert Number, area within GTA that would be most convenient for you, e-mail address and phone number that you can be reached at.

We are working towards developing opportunities for accredited members to raise cybersecurity awareness with students, educators and parents throughout the GTA. We are working with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to assist those who are interested in volunteering their time to help others. We can assist with the presentation materials, prep work, partnering up on delivery and making introductions.

Additional information can be found at the Safe and Secure site and the CPEs that you can earn are detailed in the CPE Handbook.

Cybersafety is a top priority with educators and they are very appreciative of any assistance with raising the awareness with their students, teachers and parents.

Thank you

The (ISC)² Toronto Chapter Board

(ISC)² DevSecOps Email / Course

As an (ISC)² member you may have received an e-mail from [email protected].com notifying you that you have been enrolled into a course titled ISC2-DEVSECOPS-MBR – DevSecOps: Integrating Security into DevOps.  The e-mail has a link and instructions to login with the e-mail address you associated with (ISC)².

Perhaps, like others, you were wondering what this was about and if it was legit.  Short answer is, yes…it’s a legit education course.  (ISC)² has enrolled  members into this course, and as is with a lot of their other content delivered by Brightspace.

The online course has an intro, 5 modules, an assessment, a survey and a list of references.  Not sure how long it is at this point, but if you go through the material and achieve a min of 70% on the assessment, you’ll receive 5 Class A CPEs.

DevOps, merging agile development with Ops (security incl) throughout the development life-cycle, has gained a lot of traction where business lines want rapid development of systems with reliable delivery.  Add in everyone focusing on security throughout that life-cycle and you get DevSecOps.

ISC2-DEVSECOPS-MBR – DevSecOps: Integrating Security into DevOps

Module 1: What is DevOps, concepts and foundations
Module 2: Develop a Security Strategy within DevOps
Module 3: Changing the Culture: A How-To
Module 4: Implementing a Successful DevSecOps Program
Module 5:  Monitoring and Key Performance Indicators