Monthly Education Sessions

CISO Executive Summit Vancouver BC

Securing our organizations is both an exciting and daunting task; it takes true partnership and real leadership. For today’s CISOs, building a powerful peer network is not just necessary, it’s the difference between success and failure. No one can solve the security industry’s challenges alone. But together we can take the security industry into the future. Built “by CISOs, for CISOs”, the fifth annual Vancouver, BC CISO Executive Summit combines exclusive content and networking for the benefit of every CISO who attends. Our time is our most expensive asset and our peers are our most valuable resource — it’s time we leverage these to better our leadership, secure our organizations and strengthen our economy.

Date: Tuesday June 7th, 2016
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

For further details and registration (RSVP), please click here.

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NYIT Vancouver’s 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Symposium

NYIT Vancouver’s 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Symposium will focus on the topic of “Managing Cybersecurity Risks”. This event will feature a talented group of panellists with prior experience in corporate and government organizations, to bring to our panel discussion perspectives as academics, consultants, directors, and specialists locally and from around the world.

DATE: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8

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Ladi Adefala - Senior Security Strategist, Fortinet
Ladi Adefala is a passionate cybersecurity professional with a broad range of expertise that spans multiple security domains including security strategy, solution architectures, SIEMs, IDS/IPS, web security solutions, security assessments, network security, threat management, NAC and security training. Adefala’s background in information technology and security began with stints at Red Hat Consulting, AT&T and World Wide Technology Inc. Adefala has served in a variety of strategic technical and leadership roles that span a variety of disciplines including enterprise network, mobility, data center and advanced cybersecurity solutions.

Ajai Sehgal - Chief Technology Officer, Hootsuite
Ajai joined Hootsuite as its CTO/CIO in April 2014, leading Software Engineering, IT, Security, and Operations. Prior to Hootsuite, Ajai spent 16 years with the Canadian Armed Forces before joining Microsoft in Redmond WA as a Software Engineering Lead. While at Microsoft, he helped found and scale Expedia from a small group of 40 people within Microsoft into a new public company that became the world’s largest travel agency. He later helped establish Groupon's travel business as VP of Product & Technology. With more than 30 years of experience, Ajai specializes in the global scaling of SaaS technology and is leading Hootsuite technology through the next step in its evolution.

Irwan Tjan - Chief Information Security Officer, Hootsuite
As Hootsuite’s Chief Information Security Officer, Irwan Tjan leads the security and compliance team in weaving controls into the culture, technology and process throughout the company. This not only involves the initial creation of a security department, but the right controls, metrics, policies and processes that go along with it. He is involved in the day-to-day operations which entail incident response, architecture review, governance, risk management, compliance and security operations. Tjan has more than 20 years of security, compliance, audit, consulting and technology experience from notable companies such as Expedia Inc., Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Ernst & Young LLP.

Leopold de Souza - Senior Manager, Technology Planning, City of Vancouver
Leo de Sousa is the Senior Manager, Technology Planning for the City of Vancouver and Adjunct Faculty member of the New York Institute of Technology, Vancouver Campus. Leo has 30 years of experience in the IT industry in Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. He earned a Master of Science in Information Management from Syracuse University. He consults on implementing enterprise architecture, IT service management, project portfolio management and team leadership/development. He also writes a blog Enterprise Architecture: Practical Approaches and is active on Twitter @leodesousa.

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COBIT 5 Assessor for Security Course (Earn 16 CPEs)

Date: December 1 - 2, 2016
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
Cost:$650 CAD (optional exam $350 USD extra)

Location: Deloitte, 2800-1055 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC

COBIT 5 Assessor for Security course provides a basis for assessing an enterprise’s IT process capabilities against the COBIT 5 Process Assessment Model (PAM). The COBIT 5 Assessor course Evidence-based to enable a reliable, consistent and repeatable way to assess IT process capabilities, this model helps IT leaders gain C-level and board member buy-in for change and improvement initiatives. Assessment results provide a determination of process capability. They can be used for process improvement, delivering value to the business, measuring the achievement of current or projected business goals, benchmarking, consistent reporting and organizational compliance. You can apply to become a COBIT Certified Assessor after taking this course and successfully passing the exam and the COBIT 5 Foundation exam. COBIT 5 Certified Assessors have demonstrated experience in planning, building, running and/or monitoring IT processes.

Participants are highly recommended to read: “The Assessor Guide: using COBIT 5” and “The Process Assessment Model (PAM): Using COBIT” available on

Target Audience:

Internal and external auditors
IT auditors
IT consultants
IT management
Cybersecurity & Information Security professionals

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will understand

How to perform a process capability assessment using the Assessor Guide: using COBIT 5
How to apply the Process Assessment Model (The PAM) in performing a process capability assessment Specifically:

To use the Process Reference Model, in particular to be able to use the 37 processes outlined in the PRM
To apply and analyze the measurement model in assessing process capability levels
To apply and analyze the capability dimension using generic criteria outlined in the PAM
How to identify and assess the roles and responsibilities in the process capability assessment process
How to perform and assess the 7 steps outlined in the Assessor Guide Specifically:

Initiate a process assessment
Scope an assessment, using the tools provided and the PAM for the selection of the appropriate processes
Plan and brief the teams
Collect and validate the data
Do a process attribute rating
Report the findings of the assessment
How to use the self-assessment guide

Course Outline

• Course Introduction
• COBIT 5.0 Overview, Principles, Goal Cascade recap
• Recap of Process Assessment Model ( PAM)
• Roles, responsibilities and Competencies
• Initiate an Assessment
• Scope an assessment
• Plan an assessment
• Brief to the team
• Data Collection
• Data Validation
• Process Attribute Rating
• Assessment Reporting
• Sample exam
• Exam (Optional)

Exam Details

· Objective testing
· 8 questions per paper with 10 marks available per question (80 questions)
· 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
· 2 ½ hours duration ( Non-native English speaking delegates will receive additional 40 Minutes)
· Open book, Using COBIT 5 books only. (‘COBIT 5 Assessor Guide: Using COBIT 5’ and ‘Process Assessment Model: Using COBIT 5’ ).

More Information can be found here.

 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.