Toronto’s Security User Group TASK – Toronto Area Security Klatch, provides a forum for experts to encourage discussion and share expertise in understanding the latest trends and security threats facing computer networks, systems and data.

Our membership includes Information Security practitioners, managers, network administrators, students, and anyone who is interested in learning more about securing information.

 

If you would like to become a member, simply submit the form below.  We’ll email you each month with the updated session details and meeting location.
TASK meets the last Wednesday of each month, and membership is free.

Scheduled Events

TASK – September

Security and Non-Profits: Understanding the Challenges and the Opportunities From many years of working for and with various non-profits, Vicki will provide some insight into the security challenges and opportunities of working with non-profits. Similar to the for-profit sector, they range in size and complexity. In order to be successful in working with non-profits, it […]

Blackhat / DefCon / BSides Wrap Up

At the end of July, a whole bunch of TASKers headed down to Vegas for the largest convention of real security people in the world – what will they discover? What are the newest security threats? What are you now watching for on your network? And does what happens in Vegas REALLY stay in Vegas? […]

Business Communications for IT Security Pros

Soft Skills Part Deux – Business Communications for IT Security Pros Business Communication for IT Security Pros IT pros are measured by their technical prowess AND by their ability to communicate with others. You must have the technical knowledge to do your job BUT you must be able to express yourself both confidently and effectively. […]

Security FAIL – and What Can be Done About It

The world is full of bad security ideas and implementations; information security more so! During this innovative presentation, security practitioners from the GTA will be presenting some of the worst security practices that they have seen.  These from-the-field war stories will help to illustrate why so many high-profile hacks have been occurring, and what can […]

Meeting Location

TASK meets the last Wednesday of Every Month 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (with a few exceptions). Our next meeting will be a virtual event.

General Information

Toronto's Security User Group TASK - Toronto Area Security Klatch, provides a forum for experts to encourage discussion and share expertise in understanding the latest trends and security threats facing computer networks, systems and data.

Our membership includes Information Security practitioners, managers, network administrators, students, and anyone who is interesting in learning more about securing information.

TASK meets the last Wednesday of each month, and membership is free.

About Us

The Toronto Area Security Klatch is an informal get-together of Information Security professionals (and those who want to be professional) that is held monthly in the Greater Toronto area.

We meet to discuss issues that we all share in common, including:

  • New technologies and products that impact information security
  • Emerging threats, and the vulnerabilities being exploited
  • Managing security
  • New laws and regulations

Our mandate is simple: to encourage discussion and share expertise in understanding the latest trends and security threats facing computer networks, systems and data.

We support this mandate by providing a non-biased forum to discuss issues. We do not focus on any particular technology or vendor.

Membership in TASK is free, and we encourage full and active participation. If you have a suggestion on how to improve a meeting or the website, we invite you to share it. In addition, we are always looking for individuals willing to take an active role on the Steering Committee.

Meeting Format

TASK meets the last Wednesday of every month in a central downtown location; check the main page for updates or changes.

Our meetings are three hours long, and follow the general format of:

  • 6:00 - 6:15 Announcements, acknowledgement of our sponsors and general house keeping
  • 6:15 - 7:00 First speaker
  • 7:00 - 7:15 Q&A
  • 7:15 - 7:45 Break
  • 7:45 - 8:30 Second speaker
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Q&A
  • 8:45 - 9:00 Networking and closing remarks

During meetings we ask everyone to turn off the audible alarms on their cell phones, Blackberries, PDAs, and other cool gizmos.

In addition, TASK has adopted a Code of Conduct to help ensure that meetings go smoothly, and that everyone can benefit from the information that is available.

Our Values

Shared Expertise

TASK encourages discussion and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and skills among a wide variety of information security experts

Practitioner-Focused

TASK supports the people who are directly facing information security problems on a daily basis, and are looking to resolve their problems in the most effective manner possible

Non-Partisan

TASK is looking for solutions to common security issues; we do not hold or support a bias for or against any security vendor

Please use the form below if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions.

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