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

SQL Server Security & WhiteListing – March 25, 2009

Topic: SQL Server Security Speaker: Kevvie Fowler A regular speaker at such events as BlackHat and SecTor, Kevvie is a well recognized expert on all topics relating to SQL Security. Kevvie is also the author of “SQL Server Forensics”, and contributor to “The Best Damn Exchange, SQL and IIS Book Period” and “How to Cheat […]

ShmooCon Review & Acing a Vulnerability Assessment – February 25, 2009

Topic: Shmoocon Review Speaker: Brian Bourne Shmoocon is self-described as “an annual East coast hacker convention hell-bent on offering three days of an interesting atmosphere for demonstrating technology exploitation, inventive software & hardware solutions, and open discussions of critical infosec issues.” We will be reviewing the best talks and new releases that happen at the […]

Privileged ID Management – January 28, 2009

Topic: Privileged ID management – are you really in control? Speakers: Vivek Khindria and Mike Bronson, CIBC Many organizations have embarked on strategies, technologies and processes to support the effective lifecycle management of user IDs, but what about the accounts that are used to manage the supporting infrastructure? These IDs frequently have the authority to […]

The McColo Takedown and PCI Source Review – November 26, 2008

Topic: The McColo Takedown – How taking out one ISP cured spam Speaker: Matt Sergeant On Tuesday the 11th November, 2008 at around 10pm UTC a small San Jose ISP was taken off the air in an action known as “de-peering”. Almost immediately spam levels dropped by around 80%. In this talk we look at […]

Meeting Location

TASK meets the last Wednesday of Every Month 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (with a few exceptions). Our next meeting is located at Michener Auditorium at UHN, 222 Patrick Street, Toronto.

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

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