Cyber Security Conference to Focus on Issues and Impacts to Organizations and Consumers
June 11, 2014

Ottawa, ON - The growing threat of cybercrimes is quickly becoming a topic of discussion in boardrooms and in the media. With public and private sector organizations struggling to keep pace with the growing and imminent threat associated with doing business online, the need to understand and educate is key to protecting important data of our government, our businesses and consumers in Canada.

The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), in response to the calls for action from its membership and direction of its Public Safety Advisory Board, recently announced it will be hosting a two-day forum in Ottawa, November 12 & 13, 2014 , to discuss the trends and impacts of online terrorism and what organizations are doing to address these threats both now and in the future. This forum, open to all both members and non-members, will also develop a roadmap for next steps including the formation of a standing council to help both private and public sector organizations keep pace with innovations and intelligence.

"The very real impacts of cyber security breaches and cyber terrorism are being experienced across the globe with no individual nor institution free from the fallouts triggered by such activities," says CATAAlliance's Chief Business Officer, Kevin Wennekes. "The Canadian Revenue Agency exploited by a teenager through the Heartbleed bug, recent major breeches in consumer credit card numbers experienced by Neiman Marcus and Target, the temporary shutdown of Bitcoin, the U.S. accusations of cyber attacks by China: these are just an infinitesimal example of the cyber security challenges facing all 'netizens'. Our forum will bring recognized experts together for the purposes of identifying and implementing real solutions to help protect not only data, but infrastructure, institutes and at the heart of it, the safety of our communities."

Some of the topics expected to be covered include:

  • Cyber security and the role of government
  • Global cyber terrorism
  • Lessons learned as offered through firsthand perspectives from organizations that have been impacted by a data breach
  • Social Engineering in cyber security: the manipulation of people for the purpose of countering set security measures
  • Impact of pending government legislation changes both in Canada and globally
  • Educating the consumer
  • Glamorizing the hacker: exploring the mythos of the black hat heroes as promoted through Hollywood, console games, groups such as Anonymous, and mainstream media
  • Impacts of cyber security and cyber terrorism in various industries: banking, retail, utilities, telecommunications, among others

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We are accepting applications of interest from potential speakers, sponsors, and attendees. For more information, contact Kevin Wennekes at