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ISACA Vancouver Chapter
P.O. Box 48894
Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC
V7X 1A8

Welcome to the ISACA® Vancouver Chapter

Our goal is to promote the practices and the development of professionals in IT risk, governance of enterprise IT, information security management, and IT assurance within the local business and academic community, the chapter membership, and with future members throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

We sponsor local educational seminars and workshops, as well as conduct regular chapter meetings.

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BC AWARE Day 2018

January 30, 2018, SFU Downtown Campus

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Registration for BC AWARE Day 2018 is now live! For this campaign we have a special treat in store for you. Kevin Mitnick, one of the world's most infamous hackers will be doing a live hacking demonstration along with 15+ other world-class educational sessions. Register early to secure your spot as we fully expect to sell out.

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ISACA Vancouver's Achievement at#ISACAAwards

ISACA is proud to recognize the most active and engaging chapters who, by supporting the membership and professional community locally, also support ISACA’s purpose and promise. Recipients are typically selected by chapter size.

ISACA Vancouver Chapter was awarded the 2016 COMMUNICATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARD for larte chapters.

The Communications Excellence Award recognizes chapters who plan and execute great communications with their constituents through a variety of channels.

ISACA also recognizes superb performance in the CISA certification exam through the THOMAS H. FITZGERALD AWARD.

Congratulations to Catherine Meleady, CISA, CRISC, for achieving the highest worldwide score on the 2016 CISA examinations!

We invite you to download the awards booklet here

2017/18 Monthly Education Sessions

Evolution of the CISO

Date:December 13th,2017
Time: from 12:00 – 2:00PM
Location:MNP Office (Suite 2200-1021 West Hastings St. - Vancouver BC
Cost:ISACA Members - $25; Future Members - $30; Students - $20 (Students - Please bring valid student ID)

Light lunch is provided.

Session Description

This session will explore the evolution of a CISO’s changing role as a function of business maturity. The CISO, as a C-level role, is often not well understood by other executive managers or even other IT leaders. Often technical or compliance focused, the CISO is often seen more as an IT resource than a business leader by the organizations they defend. CISO’s don’t often escape the IT silo, and when the do the business may not know what to do when strategic innovations are coming from new places.

Having worked as a CISO in organizations across the maturity spectrum, Sabino has experienced first-hand what an innovative CISO can and should do to drive the business forward outside of IT security. In sharing his stories and struggles, Sabino aims to help organizations move the CISO function from compliance or sales “table stakes” to a consultative business leader that uses the information risk management skill set to grow the business.

What the audience would expect/take away
• How the CISO can drive business transformation, and open new markets
• How the role of the CISO has evolved from a Technical and Compliance focus, to a Business Leadership and Innovation focus
• A modern approach to the CISO role in startups and *aaS organizations

Speaker: Sabino Marquez - Chief Information Security Officer
Sabino elevates the practice of information risk management to a competitive differentiator that can open new markets and, drive stakeholder trust. Prior to joining Allocadia, Sabino led the Virtual CISO practice for TruSec Consulting, and served as Sr. Director of Privacy and Information Risk for Accretive Solutions, and as Global Information Risk Manager for Vision Critical.

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Cyber Security, there are no silver bullets

Date and Time:January 17th, 2018 5:30-7pm
Location:MNP Offices (2200 – 1021 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC)

Drinks sponsored by McAfee after at the Elephant & Castle

What the audience would expect
Enterprise cyber security is an ever changing landscape filled with buzz words, next generation technologies and the constant onslaught of attacks. This session will focus on security hygiene that every public and private organization should internalize before consuming “silver bullet” technologies that promise to solve any and all security problems. You will learn: 1. The present and future cybersecurity landscape
2. Elements of an effective security program
3. Review some of the latest “silver bullet” technologies vs. reality

Speaker: Norm Chan - McAfee Senior Systems Engineer
Norm Chan is a senior systems engineer with McAfee. Based in Vancouver, BC, Norm joined McAfee/Network Associates in April, 2001, as the Systems Engineer for their industry leading Sniffer Technologies business unit. Today, exclusively focused on security, he works with customers of all shapes and sizes helping to assess their security needs and devise solutions. A combined twenty four years of IT experience has taken him from the help desk to network architecture, enabling him to provide a unique and practical approach to security. This self professed “geek” graduated from The University of British Columbia with a combined major in Physics and Computer Science and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others.

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Privacy & Security In Heatlthcare

Date and Time:Monday February 5th, 2018 From 1:00 to 4:00 PM PST
Location: Paetzold Auditorium , 1st Floor Jim Pattison Pavilion at Vancouver General Hospital - 899 West 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC

The objective of The BC AWARE Campaign is to assemble like-minded IT security, privacy, governance, risk, and assurance organizations in BC to hold their own security, privacy or information risk awareness events in a coordinated fashion.
The goal of the ISACA Vancouver Chapter is to promote the practices and the development of professionals in IT risk, governance of enterprise IT, information security management, and IT assurance within the local business and academic community, the chapter membership, and with future members throughout the Greater Vancouver area.


1:00-1:45 Privacy & Security risks in healthcare, Robert Martin, Alberta Health Services CISO

1:45-2:30 Technology risks & solutions in healthcare, Phil White, BCCSS CTO

2:30-3:00 Networking break

3:00-3:15 Privacy considerations for clinicians, Heather Hannah, Privacy/Risk/Compliance Officer, Doctors of BC

3:15-4:00 Healthcare Risks & Solutions, Shanti Gidwani, National Healthcare Practice Lead, Cisco Systems

*ISACA/IAPP/BC-HIMPS/IIA members can earn 3 CPEs by self reporting.

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News and Announcements


ISACA VANCOUVER chapter earns the prestigious 2016 Communications Excellence Award for all ISACA Large chapters!!!

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SANS SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style

The SANS SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style instructor led course will be offered in North Vancouver at the ICBC campus on November 6 – 11, 2017. There will be space for a maximum of 24 participants. All of the details are available on the SANS page.

A special 10% discount is being offered exclusively for ISACA members. Those interested may contact to obtain the discount code, prior to registration. The code cannot be applied after the registration.

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Get the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide that can Help you Enhance Your Cyber Knowledge and Start Your Cyber Career Strong!

Cyber attacks and threats continue to plague enterprises around the world. As these attacks continue to grow, so does the need for skilled cyber security professionals. With the high demand for qualified professionals, now is a great time to consider a career in cyber security. To support faculty and help college/university students get started in cyber, local ISACA chapters in association with ISACA's Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) program have created an exclusive academic package that offers the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide as a complimentary "Career Starter" gift.

CSX's Cybersecurity Fundamentals Study Guide can enable you to:
* Develop a comprehensive understanding of the principles that frame and define cyber security
* Get a head start on your career in the in-demand but fiercely competitive field of cyber security
* Prepare for the Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate exam and the globally accepted certificate that will help your resume/CV rise to the top of the recruiters' stacks

Please click here to download ISACA-Vancouver's brochure with further details.

Please click here to visit the website where instructors and students can download or purchase the materials.

Other Chapter Events

In the interest of keeping you informed of events that may be beneficial to you, there is an exciting opportunity with the ISACA Winnipeg Chapter on May 16th to witness, first-hand, how vulnerable organizations are to cyber-attack. The cyber risks that we face have exploded and understanding where the vulnerabilities are and the role we all play as employees and managers is a vital first step in mitigating those risks. From board member to owner to IT professional, we all can gain from this knowledge.

Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker, will be presenting at a keynote luncheon during the Western Canada Information Security Conference (WCISC) being held at Winnipeg’s RBC Convention Centre. Tickets can be purchased for the luncheon at or grab a ticket for the full, day-long conference to be able to network with other professionals and learn even more about the security concerns facing our organizations. The full conference pass will also give you access to the exhibitors hall where vendors are on hand to present today’s tools for combatting and responding to information security threats.

The ISACA Winnipeg Chapter is also hosting a two-day CSX Fundamentals Workshop in conjunction with the WCISC. Members can attend the workshop at the ISACA Winnipeg member rate. Details about the seminar can be found at here.

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All cancellations/transfers must be received in writing - please send an email to Telephone or verbal cancellations/transfers will not be accepted. Cancellations or transfers of registration at least 10 calendar days prior to the course will result in a full refund. Cancellations or transfers received less than 10 calendar days but more than 3 full* business days prior to the course are subject to an administration fee of $50 for full and half day courses, or $25 for executive breakfasts and luncheons, or hold on credit for use towards a future event.
Cancellation requests received less than 3 full business days prior to the course date (statutory holidays are not considered business days) will not be accepted and the full cost of the seminar will apply, with no credits or refunds. No-shows, registrants who register but do not show up for a seminar will also be responsible for the full cost of the seminar, with no refunds or credits. In such cases, substitution of attendee is permitted up to and including the day of the seminar.