Alex dow

Alex and Ermis Catevatis (Kraken Information Security) are local security practitioners and community leaders who have worked within several industries including government, finance, resources, transportation and law enforcement. Ermis' has specialized in "red team" security testing and cloud hardening, while Alex has focused on "blue team" situational awareness and security operations. Both have been working together to mature cloud security and incident response capabilities within the cloud.

Over the past decade and a half, Alex has helped organizations assess, implement and optimize security solutions to prevent, detect and manage cybersecurity threats. He brings over a decade of experience from three mission critical Security Operation Centres (SOC), including the Vancouver 2010 Olympics SOC. Alex leverages his frontline experience and business-driven risk management approach to provide pragmatic solutions to clients with measurable risk reductions.

Alex is a strong believer in standardization, measurement and automation. His methodology focuses on assessing client’s security capabilities against industry leading control frameworks, identifying risks and implementing technologies and processes to improve situational awareness, operational efficiencies and incident response capabilities.

Alex has also focused on building and fostering the local information security community through the Mainland Advanced Research Society (MARS), a not-for-profit organization focused on building the community, research and mentorship through knowledge forums and networking events throughout the year. He is the president of MARS and executive producer of the society’s premier two-day security conference BSides Vancouver; a high-caliber gathering for information security professionals, hackers, coders and the greater tech community.