When was the last time you changed your password(s)? How secure is your company’s network – or your client’s data? Can you recognize a phishing scam?
October is Cyber Security Awareness month in Canada. In our highly connected world, awareness about faceless bad guys – or bad actors, as they’re known by IT security professionals – is as important as looking before crossing a busy street.
“Information security is everyone’s business,” says Kevin Vadnais, the University’s Information Security Manager. “Our organizations expect us to protect the data over which we have been given responsibility. Educating ourselves about the risks in our internet centred environment protects us as workers, clients, and citizens, as well as the businesses we operate.”
The Information Security Office at the University of Lethbridge is hosting a free security seminar for the Lethbridge community to help improve awareness of information security risks. Join security experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers: Neil Karan, Alberta’s cyber security leader and director in PwC’s Risk Assurance Service practice, and Bryson Tan, national threat and vulnerability management practice lead, in a conversation about current and emerging trends in the information security landscape. Brief bios on the featured speakers are below.
“Rarely do we have the opportunity to ask the people on the front lines of information security what they encounter on a day-to-day basis. The presentation is a nice mixture of lecture and an interactive Q & A session,” says Vadnais.
The event takes place at CASA in the ATB Financial Community Room, 230- 8 St. South, on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1-4 pm.
Attendance is free and anyone interested is welcome, however RSVPs (via ticket download) are required to ensure adequate seating. Light refreshments will be provided and a non-sponsored social event will follow at the Telegraph Tap House (310 6 St S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0H4).
To reserve your space: https://uleth.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=440
For more info on cyber security in general, visit the the University’s Information Technology Services website. Also watch for upcoming announcements and activities on campus in support of Cyber Security Awareness month.
Neil Karan is the Alberta Cyber Security Leader and Director in PwC’s Risk Assurance Services practice, working out of the Calgary office. Neil is responsible for executing threat and vulnerability management programs, digital foot printing, social engineering, security strategy reviews, and breach response initiatives.
Bryson Tan is the National Threat and Vulnerability Management practice lead at PwC and is responsible for the development and delivery of services that include Cyber Resilience assessments, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, source code assessment, platform security diagnostic services, wireless detection and evaluation and enterprise network security.