Information Security Officer Great-West Life
Zaki Abbas joined Great-West Life in 2007, and was appointed the information security officer for IGM Financial (Investors Group, Mackenzie Financial Corp., and Investment Planning Counsel). He is accountable for management and operational planning, leadership, direction and implementation related to information security governance in alignment with the information security program. Abbas has over 18 years of diversified IT experience and extensive experience with enterprise information security and risk management. Previous to joining Great-West Life, Abbas held various positions at IBM Canada. Abbas holds a combined honors bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from York University. He has received CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC industry certifications and actively participates in the local information security, governance and risk community.
Director of Information Protection Target Corporation
Brenda Bjerke is director of information rrotection for Target. In her role, she is responsible for providing a sustainable, enterprise-wide information security program that engages team members, informs risk decisions, and protects guest, team member and company information. Bjerke came to Target in 2003 from American Express Financial Advisors where she was responsible for a variety of business operations, leadership and project roles.
Bjerke has a B.A. in applied business and a MBA. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Commissioner Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world. Noted for her seminal work on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs) in 1995, her concept of “Privacy by Design” seeks to proactively embed privacy into the design specifications of IT and business practices, thereby achieving the strongest protection. An avowed believer in the role that technology can play in protecting privacy, Dr. Cavoukian’s leadership has seen her office develop a number of tools and procedures to ensure that privacy is strongly protected, not only in Canada, but around the world. She has been involved in a number of international committees focused on privacy, security, technology and business, and endeavours to focus on strengthening trust and confidence in emerging technological applications. Dr. Cavoukian also serves as the Chair of the Identity, Privacy and Security Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada and is a member of the Future of Privacy Forum Advisory Board. Re-appointed as Commissioner for an unprecedented third term, Dr. Cavoukian intends to grow “Privacy by Design” and hopes to make it go viral.
Arthur Coviello, Jr.
Executive Chairman RSA, The Security Division of EMC
Art Coviello is EVP for EMC Corporation and Executive Chairman for RSA, The Security Division of EMC. With revenues of $20B in 2011 and more than 53,000 people worldwide, EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.
Coviello is responsible for RSA's strategy and overall operations as it delivers EMC's global vision of information-centric security. He was CEO of RSA Security, Inc. prior to its acquisition by EMC in 2006. He joined RSA in 1995 and has been a driving force in its rapid growth since that time. His expertise and influence have made him a recognized leader in the industry. He is frequently a featured presenter at conferences and forums around the world, and he plays key roles in several national cyber-security initiatives.
Coviello has more than 30 years of strategic, operating and financial management experience in technology companies. In addition, he currently serves on the board of directors at EnerNOC, a leader in demand response systems for energy conservation, and AtHoc, a leading provider of enterprise class network-based mass notification systems for the security, life safety and defense sectors. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.
VP, Enterprise Arch., Engineering & Sec. Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Globally oriented leader with a demonstrated capability to perform strategic organizational analysis, recommend solutions, and implement complex change transformations. Bruce Fairley has 15+ years of enterprise oriented experience influencing executive leaders; formulating and driving business and/or technical vision through to successful implementation. Leverages technology to drive business returns through the introduction of more efficient business models. Identifies solution architectures to drive organizational change resulting in business agility and cost efficiencies.
VP, Information Security & CISO Royal Bank of Canada
Paul Gerics has been with RBC Financial Group since 1988 and is currently VP of GTI risk management and CISO. In this role, Gerics has enterprise-wide responsibility for information security, as well as risk management across global technology infrastructure. Previous to this role, he was VP of distributed systems, with enterprise-wide responsibility for planning, development, support, and project management/implementation services for RBC's distributed computing infrastructure.
Since joining RBC, Gerics has held various roles in technology infrastructure, including telecommunications, technology planning and development, systems management as well as managing enterprise-wide initiatives to integrate member companies that RBC acquires.
Prior to RBC Financial Group, Gerics was employed with a Canadian Engineering Consulting firm, where he had various responsibilities for large communications subsystem integration projects for traffic management systems across Canada.
EVP Internet Security Advisors Group
Samantha Manke served as a security analyst for multiple Fortune 500 companies, where she was responsible for implementing their security awareness programs. Samantha received a master’s degree in security technologies and conducted an extensive comparison of security awareness programs at Fortune 500 companies. CSO magazine has already commissioned her to write “7 Habits of Highly Effective Security Awareness Programs.” Manke is featured in the July 2012 edition of SC Magazine.
She created a security awareness program that was highly acclaimed among security professionals in the Twin Cities region. The creation of the program utilized her social sciences background, as well as the research she actively performed in the pursuit of her academic research. She had unprecedented access to the security awareness programs of the Fortune 500 companies, which allowed her to quickly see the critical success factors of security awareness programs.
Manke continues her research into the security awareness of Fortune 500 companies, and expanded her research to include companies around the world. Working with the ISAG, Manke surveys security executives in Europe, and expects to expand her work into Asia as well. She regularly presents her research and expertise at venues around the world, and with several publications and books pending.
SVP, Head of Technology Risk Mgmt. & Information Security The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Paul Milkman is responsible for managing business risk through technology across TD Bank’s global enterprise. His focus on bringing technology risk management and information security out of the back room has led to transformational change in the programs he leads. His programs are characterized by recognition of the practical linkages between business process, operational and technical control, and a constant focus on converging risk, technology, governance and regulatory activities to reduce business burden. TD has also led its peer groups in targeted investment in next generation technologies for combatting cybercrime, identity theft and fraud.
Prior to joining TD, Milkman had a 25 year career which included both corporate and consulting roles in risk, security and privacy. He has twice been the ranking information security officer, and also led the financial sector and insurance consulting unit at IBM for security and privacy services.
In addition to his role at TD, Milkman serves as the chair for the CBA’s Canadian Financial Institution Incident Response Team and is a founding driver and key member in the executive leadership of the FS-ISAC, the CEB IREC and a select set of industry groups.
Technology Strategist, Advanced Technology Group McAfee, Inc.
David O'Berry is a "reformed CxO/CIO currently working for 'The Dark Side' as a technology strategist for McAfee’s Advance Technology Group." He spent 19 years on the enterprise side as a network manager, director of IT systems and services and, most recently, director of strategic development and IT in the public sector. During that time frame he was an advocate for standards-based networks and security working with groups like Trusted Computing Group and The Open Group to further those causes. Active within the industry, he currently holds CISSP-ISSAP, ISSMP, CISSLP, CRMP, among other certifications including old school certs like Master Certified Novell Engineer (a fact he tries not to mention very often). He has also been published several years in a row in the Information Security Management Handbook around standards-based distributed network visibility and autonomic security concepts as well as writing for various publications over the years on a wide-range of IT and IT-SEC topics. He calls himself a professional mutt because his background and experiences have been anything but a planned path throughout his career. Most recently he was honored as a ComputerWorld Top 100 IT Leader for 2011, a fact he attributes to the amazing team that surrounded him during his service in the public sector.
Head, Corp. Security Province of Ontario
Kent Schramm is currently the head of corporate security for the Ministry of Government Services for the Province of Ontario. The Corporate Security Branch is responsible for providing a full suite of cyber security services in support of the Province. Before assuming this position, Schramm served at the national cyber security directorate for Public Safety Canada in Ottawa for over two years. Leading several initiatives, he laid the foundation for establishing cyber situational awareness for the Government of Canada, bringing together stakeholders from the key allies, the federal government security and intelligence community, provincial and territorial governments and critical infrastructure owners and operators. In addition, Schramm led the development of a national cyber incident response framework, identifying the roles and responsibilities for stakeholders in the federal government and other stakeholders in responding to, and/or mitigating a significant cyber event affecting non-federal government computer networks.
Prior to joining Public Safety Canada, Schramm served 22 years in the Canadian Air Force as a communications and electronics engineer, attaining the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He served in a variety of operational and headquarters staff roles across Canada and at NORAD headquarters in the United States.
Sr. Product Marketing Manager Palo Alto Networks
Brian Tokuyoshi is a senior product marketing manager for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for distributed enterprise network security solutions. He has a 17 year background in computer security, with domain expertise in issues around data protection, identity and authentication.
Previously, Tokuyoshi worked for PGP Corporation, ActivIdentity and Sun Microsystems, and served as senior market analyst for identity and cryptography at The Radicati Group.
Executive Leadership Coach Adapt Coaching and Training
Since 1998 TC Waisman has been working with C-Suite, executive, senior and frontline leaders to assist them in developing the type of team environment that represents them fully as a Leader. With a master's degree in leadership and training and a coaching certification through Coaches Training Institute, TC combines her leadership experience and knowledge to bring her clients the most innovative best practices in the leadership world. Based on her thesis on ancient leadership wisdom from her village in Fiji, TC brings with her a depth of understanding of the factors that contribute to successful leadership in a thriving culture. TC has developed the world’s first coaching app called the ‘Pocket Coach’ specifically for organizational leaders who are familiar with the coaching process. As a lifelong learner TC continues to seek out leadership training throughout the world and looks forward to working on her Ph.D. in the near future.
Author & President Internet Security Advisors Group
Ira Winkler is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a ‘Modern Day James Bond’ by the media. He did this by performing espionage simulations where he physically and technically broke into some of the largest companies in the world, investigating crimes against them and telling them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. Winkler won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association.
Winkler has authored riveting, entertaining and educational books such as, “Spies Among Us” and “Zen and the Art of Information Security.” He is also a columnist for ComputerWorld.
Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an intelligence and computer systems analyst. He moved on to support other U.S. and overseas government, military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he served as president of the Internet Security Advisors Group, chief security strategist at HP Consulting and director of technology of the National Computer Security Association. He was also on the graduate and undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.