Scheduled Events

Myths, Mistakes & Outright Lifes / PCI 101 – November 28, 2007

Topic: Myths, Mistakes and Outright Lies Speaker: Kellman Meghu A lighthearted look at common pitfalls to building out a network security architecture, this presentation does not intend to be all encompassing, but to encourage people to reconsider and re-evaluate the responsibilities of network security. Open discussion on techniques, tricks and tips is encouraged. Using a […]

Securing the Network from Inside and Out – Thursday, October 25, 2007

Technical Level: Intermediate Technical Speaker: Andy Gallacher, Senior Technology Consultant, HP ProCurve As IT networks evolve and expand, defending against multiplying and varied attacks is becoming increasingly complex. Who is on the network? What are they doing? Where are they doing it from? These are all critical issues that need to be addressed and controlled. […]

Proactive Security and The Insider Threat – September 26, 2007

Topic: Proactive Security, Lessons from Star Trek Speaker: Brian O’Higgins, CTO, Third Brigade Proactive security, self-defending networks, self-healing computers…they sound more than a little like science fiction. However, we are getting closer to that dream. This talk will discuss the role that host intrusion prevention technology (HIPS) is playing in proactive security today, and where […]

Blackhat 2007 and Defcon 15 Review! – August 29, 2007

Speakers: Various Conference Attendees In this presentation, we’ll cover the highlights of each conference. The new exploits and tool releases, new research and make sure you know what you missed out on! This is the MUST ATTEND TASK event of the year. If there is any specific topic you’d like covered, be sure to contact […]

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 in Rooms 308/309 (go up escalator, door is just as you step off), Metro Hall, 55 John St, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6.

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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