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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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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month—Cyber Security Awareness Month has become a global event, raising knowledge about privacy and security.

ISACA is a 2017 Champion Organization of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ISACA also is a partner of the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM), the EU’s annual advocacy campaign aimed to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens, and provide current security information through education, and sharing of good practices.

Interested in learning more? You can find many resources here . In addition, the most recent @ISACA includes an article, Addressing the Biggest Cyber Security Threat: The Shortage of Qualified Talent.

BC AWARE Day 2018

January 30, 2018, SFU Downtown Campus

Register Today!

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.

For information and to register, visit:

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Vancouver Whitecaps VS San Jose Earthquakes

Sunday, October 15 at 4:30pm at BC Place

We have secured group pricing for this event. Tickets are available for $ 33 each (regular price is $ 50)

We have limited tickets, so please register and make the payment via the Chapter portal to secure the tickets before 9th of October, 2017.

Hope to see you there!!!

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ASIS Chapter 190 Luncheon

Thursday, October 19th, 2017- Sutton Place Hotel - 1130h

Cyber Security - New Perspectives on the Growing Threat

Edward Pereira: The Unquantifiable Tsunami of Cyber Threats

This presentation will provide an overview of the current threats that our organizations are facing, as they relate to cyber risks. By utilizing key statistics, and industry trends, this talk will demonstrate the collective view of cyber risks, and assess how the external perspective, measures against internal security metrics and established enterprise programs.

George Pajari: The Intersection of Physical and Cyber Security

In this presentation we will explore the intersection of information and physical security, illustrating how each is indispensable to the other, and how, often, one cannot have one without the other. The talk will touch on well-known issues such as physical threat vectors to computer systems and networks, as well as newer threats such as vulnerabilities to the Internet of Things (IoT), especially physical security systems on the net.

Please register directly at:

The cost is $45 for ASIS members and $50 for Guests

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2017/18 Monthly Education Sessions

CISA 1-Day Exam Review Course (Free to ISACA Members and earn 8 CPEs)


The ISACA Vancouver Chapter is sponsoring a 1-day CISA Exam Review Course. The course is designed to provide an overview of the CISA exam, including domains, format, structure and the exam approach.

Learn specific strategies, techniques and tips for taking and passing the exam. Understand the various topics and technical areas covered by the exam. The session includes lecture, group discussion and practice questions to prepare you for the exam. Participants should already have a good knowledge of the CISA job domains and materials being tested, to get maximize value from the session.

For background information on Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), visit:

* Refreshments and lunch can be bought from the nearby shops. There will be short breaks throughout the day, and time for lunch.

Date and Time
Saturday 21th October, 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

ACL Services Ltd.
980 Howe St. # 1500, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N9

Course Instructor
Victor Culjak, CA, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT

Viktor is a Manager at ACL and is primarily involved in the oversight of customer adoption and enablement of ACL GRC. He has over 10 years of big four public practice experience and 2 years industry experience. Viktor’s public practice experience includes the performance of financial statement and co-sourced internal audits, general IT control reviews, risk and control reviews and performing service organization control (SOC) audits. In his industry experience, Viktor lead the risk and controls group at a Canadian publicly listed company and oversaw the annual NI52 109 certification process, internal audit and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs.

For more details and to Register: Please click here.

Using GRC tools to align the organization’s strategic goals and risk management efforts to maximize impact

Date:Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Time:12:00 - 2:00PM
Cost:ISACA Members - $25; Future Members - $30; Students - $20 (Students - Please bring valid student ID)

Location:ACL Services Ltd., 980 Howe Street, 2nd Floor

Light lunch is included.

Presentation overview:
Risks management functions (ERM, legal, compliance, internal audit, cyber security, safety, quality) have traditionally operated in silos with little or no coordination with their strategy and planning counterparts. This has not only resulted in the diminishment of their impact on the business but also caused duplication of efforts and added an excessive burden on the business. By focusing on risk prevention rather than developing a healthy risk appetite to take advantage of market opportunities, risk management functions have gained the reputation of business inhibitors rather than enablers. Risk Management activities should ultimately enable the organization to properly balance risks and rewards in order to successfully take 'safe' risks in pursuit of its strategic objectives. In this session, we will explore how GRC technology can be used to:
• Align risk management activities with strategic goals
• Coordinate the work of disparate risk functions to avoid duplication of efforts
• Focus the scope of risk management activities in support of strategic objectives
• Learn how to automate risk assessment, risk assurance, and risk reporting activities
• Accurately and clearly report on risk performance and the achievement of strategic objectives
• Achieve strategic impact within the organization

What the audience would expect:
Audience members will have the opportunity to:
• Participate in a live-run data analytics simulation to measure their strategic impact within the organization.
• View a benchmarked report for each participating audience member that ranks and relates them to other session participants.
• Take away a set of KPIs on strategic value delivery that may be measured and communicated to management on an ongoing basis.

Any other information
• Bring a laptop

Speaker overview:
Sergiu Cernautan
is dedicated to the advancement of cloud and “big data” technologies for helping corporations and governments perform better while operating with integrity. Prior to ACL, Sergiu spent 18 years in professional services firms with the Audit and Enterprise Risk advisory practices at Deloitte, KPMG and as a principal and co-founder at Straight Talk Consulting Ltd., a provider of GRC consulting services. His background covers financial, operational and systems auditing. He specializes in the areas of general computer controls, Sarbanes Oxley, JSOX and Bill 198 compliance, business process control reviews, litigation support, data analytics, and fraud audits. He also specializes in providing cost effective Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs) and business analytics. Sergiu is a designated Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

CISM Exam Review Course

Date and Time: Saturday November 4th, 2017
9:00 AM to 5:00PM PST

Location: Hootsuite
5 E 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6

Cost: FREE to ISACA Members (earn 8 CPEs)

ISACA Vancouver Chapter is sponsoring a 1-day intense CISM Exam Review Course. The course is designed to provide an overview of the CISM exam, including domains, format, structure and the exam approach.<br.
Learn specific strategies, techniques and tips for taking and passing the exam. The session includes lecture, group discussion and practice questions to prepare you for the exam. Participants should already have a good knowledge of the CISM domains and materials being tested, to get maximize value from the session.

For background information on Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), visit:

* Refreshments and lunch can be bought from the nearby shops. There will be short breaks throughout the day, and time for lunch

Course Instructor:
George Pajari, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM

For more details and to Register: Please click here.

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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.