There will be a panel discussion to provide the media with materials they can use to inform the public with regard to the privacy and security challenges each of us face as the lines are blurred between the personal and public realm and our world becomes increasingly entangled with the digital realm. The British Columbia Privacy & Security Awareness Day Panel will be comprised of the following participants who will also make themselves available at a press conference from 3-4pm at the Victoria Conference Centre on February 5, 2014. Biographies of each member of the panel can be viewed at the ISACA Vancouver web site.
Moderator: Michael Argast, Director of TELUS Security Solutions Western Canada
Michael is the Director of TELUS Security Solutions practice for Western Canada, joining in May 2011. As Western Canada’s largest security organization, TELUS’ fast growing security team provides wide ranging solutions from governance, risk and compliance consulting, PCI auditing, security technology acquisition and implementation, managed security services and security outsourcing.As the moderator, Michael will ask each panelist to explain to the audience:
Who are you? Who do you work for? What do you do? What is your privacy and/or security issue/realm? Why you are here today and why is this BCPSAD is initiative important to you?
Panelist: Jesse Miller, Mediated Reality
Panel Topic: Social Media + Cyberbullying: How can I possibly protect my personally identifiable information?
Privacy awareness as it applies to social media has become so much more than a user settings protocol or private account comfort blanket. Privacy awareness on social media requires the user to become aware of their network, to mitigate risks by sharing minimal content openly, learning about the platforms they use and how those platforms use provided information. The importance for British Columbians as it applies to personal privacy online today, is to learn how far their message can be shared online, who’s using the content shared (and for what purpose) and to begin to recognize that the value of personal and private information online is just as significant to others who might exploit the content as it is to the user who has yet to have a social media incident or moment where they have felt violated.The importance for adult users is to recognize the value of the content we are sharing online, especially if that content involves our children.
Panelist: Pierre McConnell, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (Western Canada Pacific, IAFCI) President & Senior Investigator with the Financial Crimes & Fraud Management Group, TD Bank Pacific Region
Panel Topic: Financial Crimes – How bad is it and what can anyone do?
In my role as Financial Crimes investigator, I have seen first-hand the abhorrent damage & devastation caused to so many victims who have suffered, and continue to suffer at the hands of crafty criminals. In my fast approaching 35 years in the field, the loss size & number of victims has never been so great due largely to offenders’ fast, easy and anonymous access to un-protected cyber space. The current electronic threat cannot be fought alone; individual & corporate privacy & security awareness of such threats is the cornerstone to any ground breaking successes against social engineers who prey on victims.
Panelist: Jim Attridge, Manager, Cybersecurity BC Hydro and Power Authority
Panel Topic: Securing our Critical Infrastructure – Protecting Society, what’s my role?
The defense of mission-critical infrastructure like British Columbia’s power grid is key to maintaining our quality and life and keeping the economic engine of the province running for all British Columbians. Jim will highlight the importance for employees of all organizations to be on guard and ever vigilant in an age when the lines between home and work have become so blurred.
Panelist: Sharon Polsky, President Privacy & Access Council of Canada Panel
Panel Topic: Privacy Law & Balancing Privacy & Security Concerns
Traditional information risk management strategies typically approach security and privacy as separate and distinct domains. Organizations are realizing that they are integrally interconnected and interdependent. Indeed, security and privacy can only be fully effective when they are in proper balance.Sharon will explore the ways in which data protection and privacy intersect through emerging laws, technologies and global trends.
Panelist: Carlos Gil, Director of Security Architecture and Security Compliance at TELUS
Panel Topic: Mobile Security
As one of Canada’s three major wireless service providers, TELUS has a unique perspective when it comes to the proliferation of wireless devices both from a customer and service provider perspective.In recent years, TELUS has embraced a flexible work styles strategy which would never have been possible without a highly efficient mobile workforce. As many other organizations seek to gain efficiencies and remain competitive by extending their reach over wireless networks, there are many issues around privacy and security that must be considered. An empowered and efficient work force that enjoys work/life balance is one thing, but delivering unfettered wireless access in a way that protects the company and its employees data from both a privacy and security perspective is another.Carlos will highlight some of the implications for both businesses and employees as society seeks to embrace mobile technologies both at home and at work.
Panelist: Naima Salemohamed, UVIC Student
Panel Topic: How do young people feel about privacy?
Youth today understand how to set up and control their privacy, but do not understand the ramifications and potential implications of not controlling one’s privacy. They need to understand and see examples of privacy intrusion and how it can have a direct impact on them and society at large.