May TASK – Career Development


Part 1 – Information Security education opportunities in the GTA (and beyond)

The night’s first talk will focus on the educational opportunities in the GTA for people interested in breaking into the information security field, or looking to improve their present position.  After providing an brief overview of what’s available, selected speakers will provide insights to help you choose the program that best suits your needs.  Each speaker will provide an overview for 10 to 15 minutes, and then the floor will be opened for questions from the audience.  Our speakers wil include:

Kevin Weaver – Fanshawe College
Speaking on a college-level program (Information Security Management Program)

Mary-Lynn Manton – Seneca College
The undergraduate Informatics and Security Degree (co-op)

Anne-Marie Brinsmead and Janet Shusterman – Ryerson University
Post-graduate opportunities, including the Certificate in Computer Security and Digital Forensics and the continuing education CISSP program

Lyndon Dubeau – Manager, Enterprise Security at Cancer Care Ontario
Post-graduate opportunities by correspondance – the MSc in Information Security from Royal Halloway, UK

Part 2 – Which security certifications really matter?

Common questions for those entering the security field include:   “Do I really need an academic background, or is it better to have relevant certifications”?, and “If I can get by with just certifications, which ones do I need”?  We’ve assembed a panel of security practitioners from local companies to address these questions, and provide insight on how employers view security education and certifications.

The panel will be composed of:

  • Robert Beggs, DigitalDefence (moderator)
  • James Arlen, Leviathan
  • Dave Millier, SentryMetrics
  • Eldon Sprickerhoff, eSentire
  • Brian Bourne, CMS Consulting

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