August 22, 2018

Perspectives on Leadership, Cyber Risk and Skills Development (September 5th, Toronto)

Leadership, Cyber Risk & Skills Development (Register Today)

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Toronto, ON –  The risk of cyber attacks is an issue being discussed in many boardrooms around the world and with the introduction of new legislations (GDPR, PIPEDA in November) along with the recently refreshed National Cyber Security Strategy here in Canada there are many from the worlds of business, government and academia being asked to come together to address the key issues moving forward.

On September 5th, Ridge Global, Human Firewall Solutions and CATA Cyber are hosting a leadership discussion around the issues of cyber risk, business impacts, collaboration between sectors and skills development. This session targets business, academic and government leaders looking to better understand and support moving forward.

Insights from Tom Ridge, former US Secretary of Homeland Security

Tom Ridge is Chairman of Ridge Global. He provides clients with solutions to cyber security, international security and risk management issues. Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.

In June of this year, Mr. Ridge announced the launch of the Ridge Global Cybersecurity Institute (RGCI), with a mission is to provide the premier cyber-risk oversight program tailored to enhance an organization’s understanding of complex cyber risk issues and best practices for preparedness. The institute provides training and education on issues surrounding cyber risk, world-class strategic advice and guidance on cyber risk and preparedness, realistic and interactive cyber incident tabletop exercises, and brings together policymakers, executives and global cybersecurity professionals via its Cybersecurity Advisory Council.   

In this session, Mr. Ridge will be discussing the issues plaguing business and government as it pertains to cyber risk and the need for more collaboration between sectors and countries.

Paul Vallee, CEO of Pythian

Paul co-founded Pythian in 1997 and became CEO of the Company in 2005. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 450 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul is a strong proponent of technical excellence as well as diversity in the workplace. Prior to founding Pythian, Paul worked as a data scientist and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Information Systems from the University of Ottawa. He was acknowledged as “Top 40 under 40” in 2011 by the Ottawa Business Journal in recognition of Pythian’s growth to that time.

In July of this year, Pythian as awarded the Microsoft Canada Application Innovation IMPACT award. Paul is recognized as a passionate, ethical and proudly Canadian leader who is committed to fostering excellence in the companies and people he works with.

Video with Paul Vallee: Paul Vallee discusses cyber risk and skills development


1:30 pm Registration

2:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:10 pm Paul Vallee (presentation and open mic)

2:40 pm Industry Panel to discuss innovation and developing a skilled workforce

3:15 pm Tom Ridge (presentation and open mic)

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