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Head in the Cloud?

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (2 CPE Hours)

Cost: ISACA Members - $50; Future Members - $55; Students - $30
(Students - please bring your student ID).

A full 3-course lunch is included.

Place: Steamworks (Wine room), 375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8

Invited Audience: 
CIOs, CxOs, Senior Management, IT Governance, IT Management, Information Security Management, Risk Management, and IT Assurance professionals.

Have you ever considered leveraging the cloud to improve effectiveness of IT initiatives, reduce cost of in-house operations, increase operational flexibility, or generate a competitive advantage? Are you already using the cloud and want to maximize the benefits to your organization?

Like most technology changes, the cloud presents its share of risks and challenges which are too often overlooked or not fully understood. Come join Melissa Polak as she explores the seven deadly sins to cloud computing, key and emerging challenges to this nebulous industry, and how auditors can make an impact in assessing and mitigating risks associated with the Cloud. 

Melissa Polak, CIA – Manager, Risk Advisory Services, Ernst& Young LLP

Melissa Polak is a manager in Ernst & Young’s Advisory practice in Vancouver with more than five years of experience helping clients reduce risk, improve process efficiency, and realize effective governance and strategic alignment. Melissa provides clients in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors with services and support in the areas of internal audit, risk management, and performance measurement. For this session, Melissa draws on her experience in conducting risk assessments of IT functions and their processes, as well as audits of management information systems and third party service contracts. Melissa possesses her Certified Internal Auditor designation and has a Bachelor in Organizational Communications from the University of Ottawa.


ISACA Vancouver Chapter has moved its registration process to a secure online registration process which accepts Paypal and all major credit card brands (VISA, MC, or AMEX).

Please note that the late registration costs help us manage our commitment for the luncheon.

About ISACA:

With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT®, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.

The ISACA Vancouver Chapter's 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 by sponsoring local educational seminars and workshops, as well as conducting regular chapter meetings. Descriptions and times of the upcoming sessions can be found at under Chapter Events.

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 Cancellations/Transfers & Refunds

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.