SC Congress Canada To Unveil the Realities of Today’s Cyber Threat Landscape

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Security Powerhouse Unites Speakers from: RCMP, The World Bank, Internet Security Alliance (ISA) and Others to Tackle the Burning Security Issues of 2012.

SC Congress Canada 2012, Canada’s largest and most prestigious event for information security leaders, announces its third annual conference and expo at the Metro Convention Center in Toronto May 8 - 9, 2012. The event brings together the industry’s top security luminaries to discuss actionable steps for winning the never-ending arms race against cyber criminals.

In its third year, SC Congress Canada continues to deliver. Attending security professionals will gain deep insights, solutions and security forecasts of the upcoming year. This year’s conference offers practical discussions to help both private and public sector chief information security officers thwart cyber-attackers, safeguard critical corporate and customer assets, come into compliance with countless regulatory mandates, and, ultimately, contribute to the overall profitability of their organizations.

“As the industry goes cloudy, social and increasingly mobile, threats are proliferating on these attack surfaces like never before,” said Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine. “This year’s conference brings Canada’s top security experts together to address the most pressing security issues and offer practical solutions and actionable information to combat the evolving threat landscape and ensure a brighter security outlook for tomorrow. The dedication from Canada’s security professionals and the innovations from the vendor community make it possible to safely enable a mobile and cloud-based enterprise – a must for driving business forward and sustaining growth in the Canadian economy.”

The 2012 SC Congress Canada Keynotes Include:

Cybercrime in Canada - This panel of government and law enforcement insiders helps to paint a more comprehensive picture of the bad guys to provide a further view into the strategies the white hats are adopting to combat them. Also discussed are the steps and best practices you can enlist when working with law enforcement and the government to thwart today's cyber attackers.

  • Dave Black, i/c Cyber Crime Fusion Team, RCMP
  • Sandra Sargent, Senior Operations Officer, ICT Unit (TWICT) - The World Bank
  • Ken Taylor, vice president, Cyber Resilience Canada, CGI

The Economics of Cyber Security - Corporate executives - CEOs, CFOs, etc. -- are finally, in a number of organizations, getting more involved in security. But why has it taken so long, and more importantly, why is this so critical for success and how can we as practitioners help move this trend along?

  • Larry Clinton, president, Internet Security Alliance (ISA)
  • Mary Chaput, CFO, Clearwater Compliance

What Scares the Living IT Out of Me - and keeps me awake at night (un-PC views on our future) Schwartau looks back on 30 years of security history, successes and failures, then tells us what really bothers him. In his customary hard edged, brutally honest style, he says the politically incorrect things that we all think but rarely say. He's going to talk about lawyers, complexification, 4G-war, the real future of mobile computing, poor defenses of networks, our inability to properly respond to cyber attacks and m profiling... just to start.

  • Winn Schwartau, author, visionary and chairman, M@D Partners

SC Congress Canada will feature timely breakout sessions, where Canadian subject matter experts will address the most critical IT security questions and challenges. The sessions will follow three tracks, Emerging Threats/Management, Technical, and Editor’s Choice and include topics like:

  •     Technical view of defense in depth - anonymous / lulsec vs. organized crime / state sponsored attacks

Many industry pundits consider the rash of hactivist attacks in 2011 a major distraction from focusing on more immediate cyber threats. But what is the difference in these threats versus organized crime or state-sponsored hits, and should defensive strategies be different or not?

  •     What’s The Real Mobile Security Threat? And, is Canada Prepared?

Hear firsthand research from a Websense/Ponemon mobile risks report that looks at the latest mobile risk intelligence from 451 Canadian security and IT professionals. This research is from a global study on mobility risks with responses from more than 4,000 global IT and IT security practitioners.

  •     The International Framework of Cyber-Security

A discussion of comparative research into the various policy approaches to cyber-security worldwide, recently released by Ryerson University.

  •     Technical Look at Compliance by the Book

Of course the network is secure; we are SOX compliant, PCI compliant, xyz compliant. We all know compliance does not mean security, however from the more technical view how can we practice great technical security so we don't have to then jump through hoops when the auditor walks through the door?
Additional must-attend sessions include: “Defending and Securing Canada’s Critical Infrastructure,” “Virus, What’s a Computer Virus?”, “Security 2.0 How Cloud and Virtualization Change the Rules,” “The Trained Security Professional,” “Risk Management by Situational Awareness, Understanding” and “Mitigating Against the APT“ and much, much more!

A full list of speakers, a conference agenda, media partners, sponsors and participant registration can be found at

Registration for the conference is currently open. To register for the conference, please visit

2012 SC Awards Canada
The winners of the 2012 SC Awards Canada will be revealed on May 8th at the SC Congress Canada. Join us as we celebrate the best Canada-based work and teams in information security.

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