Governing Body Spotlight

Governing Body Member of the Toronto CISO Community

Teodor Pana

Director, Cyber Security

SE Health

Teodor Pana is a seasoned, visionary, and strategic information security leader with over 20 years of experience in Cyber Security & Information Technology. He currently serves as the Cyber Security Director at SE Health, a leading social enterprise and one of the largest healthcare organizations in Canada, providing home, community, long-term, acute, and primary care.

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Give us a brief overview of the path that led to your current role.

I started my career in Information Technology, where I developed expertise on a wide array of technologies, led large technical teams and complex projects. Years later, I transitioned to cybersecurity and successfully secured complex, human-centric, and constantly evolving environments.

What is one of your guiding leadership principles?

As a cybersecurity leader, I prioritize my team's growth and development by encouraging them to attend conferences, training sessions, and research new ways to enhance our cybersecurity capabilities.

With disruption being a key theme of the past few years, where do you see your role as a CISO going in the next 1-2 years?

Maintaining a productive and engaged security team is of utmost importance, given that trained security professionals are becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out in the role as a CISO?

It is essential to understand the business and meet with leaders from various departments to learn about their priorities and concerns. Identify key initiatives that will provide the most benefit to the company's security posture.

Tell us 3 fun facts about yourself.

I have a passion for traveling and feel fortunate to have visited many countries across the globe. Alongside traveling, I also enjoy playing the piano and dedicating a significant amount of time to fitness activities.

What is the value of participating in a professional community through Evanta?

Joining the Evanta community offers opportunities for both networking and professional development. Members exchange knowledge and help their peers stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in the cybersecurity field.

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