June 12, 2017

Surviving Cybercrime: Noted Cyber Expert Relates Personal Experiences and Importance of eCrime Cyber Council’s Work

ecrimeImportance of the  eCrime Cyber Council

In a candid and intimately revealing interview, eCrime Cyber Council member, Valarie Findlay, describes her on-going struggle in dealing with criminal cyber harassment and the impact it has had not just in the virtual world, but the very real-world consequences as well.

Watch this engaging interview between CATAAlliance Chief Business Officer Kevin Wennekes and Ms. Findlay, Research Fellow, Police Foundation (US) and active member of the eCrime Cyber Council (ECC) – a joint advisory body formed between the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and CATAAlliance supporting the advancement of the national cybercrime strategy for Canada – as they discuss the specifics of her case and the impact to her personal safety and physical harm already inflicted on her extended family of rescued dogs and horses.

“This is one of the most important and meaningful interviews I’ve had the responsibility to conduct,” says Mr. Wennekes. “Valarie’s story will resonate with any viewer. It’s a true reflection of the fact anyone can become a victim of cybercrime and demonstrates the vital importance of the work we are getting underway in the eCrime Cyber Council. Valerie’s extensive professional knowledge and expertise in cyber were not enough to protect her, but clearly will make her contributions to the council all that more meaningful as our solutions will be based on real-life experience.”

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Watch for future sessions with Ms. Findlay as upcoming interviews will explore very specific aspects of her case, such as the challenges in the official police investigation, details on the tools and processes she herself used to help track and identify the perpetrator, and advice on how to best avoid becoming a victim or the steps one need take if you are being victimized.

To learn more about the ECC, visit: http://www.cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/ecc.html

valeriefinlayAbout Valarie Findlay

Valarie has over 15 years experience in providing cyber security strategic expertise compatible to the operational level for federal initiatives in defence and public security. She specialized in cyber security in her undergraduate work and holds a Masters in Terrorism Studies from the University of St. Andrew’s, with her dissertation on the transformation of law enforcement in Western nations. Currently, she is writing her thesis for her doctorate in Social Sciences on terrorism as a social phenomenon within Elias’ process of civilization theory. She writes regularly for Vanguard, Police Chief and Frontline magazines and is a research fellow with the Police Foundation (US). Current research focuses on human factors derived from body-worn camera footage (joint effort with NJ’s Chief Parham and West Point) to improve CIT and mental health CI, and cyber security policies and frameworks for law enforcement organizations. She is member of the NATO Assoc. of Canada, the Cyber Committee with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (US), Women in Defence (WIDS) and the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.


Exclusive Public Safety & Security Briefing: Challenges & Opportunities: Register today!

On June 16, join CATAAlliance’s Katherine Thompson, Cyber Security Leader and Kevin Wennekes for an exclusive Public Safety & Advanced Security Briefing on the technology challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s public safety providers, including first responders, emergency management offices, public safety agencies, hospitals, port and border services, utilities, and public policy makers generally. Register at: http://cata.ca/2017/public-safety-security/

Preparing for Next Generation 9-1-1: Highlights of CRTC Decision Explored with Bill Elliott

Recently, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) directed all telephone and mobile wireless companies to update their networks in order to be ready to provide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) services by 2020. Watch this 6-minute briefing with Bill Elliott, member of the CRTC’s Emergency Services Working Group (ESWG) and 9-1-1 Advisor for FOX GROUP, as he provides an overview of the CRTC decision and its impact to industry, provinces, and ultimately every Canadian citizen. View this video at https://vimeo.com/catatechnow/ng911billelliott

New Joint Private Sector and Policing Council to Address Cybercrime in Canada

For the first time in their respective histories, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and CATAAlliance have joined forces to create a joint advisory body supporting the advancement of the national cybercrime strategy for Canada. More at: http://cata.ca/Communities/PSAB/News/psab_nr0271701.html

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Public Safety & Security Channel – over 100 interviews now available: https://vimeo.com/channels/securitypublicsafety

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