Scheduled Events

Securing Against Web Application Attacks – May 30, 2007

Location: Health Sciences Building, 155 College St., Auditorium Technical Level: Highly Technical Speaker: Nish Bhalla and Rohit Sethi, Security Compass Web application security continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing enterprises today. While many security experts understand the need for application threat modeling, few have actually implemented them successfully in practice. In […]

Penetration Testing Tools – April 25, 2007

Topic: Recon 2 Root Speaker: Jeremy Richards Jeremy will demonstrate the usage of BackTrack 2.0 (a live linux penetration testing distribution) to perform a staged penetration test from initial recon and knowledge gathering, to identification of logical and software vulnerabilities and, finally, the tools used to exploit these vulnerabilities. Jeremy has been performing network and […]

15min Speed Talks – Tuesday March 27, 2007

Technical Level: All Levels (Mostly technical) Topic: Introductions Presentation: Click here for PPT Speaker: Fred Hopper Topic: PCI DSS 101 An introduction to the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council’s Data Security Standard – what it is, where it came from and why your shop may find it useful, even if you do not […]

Key & Identity Management with PGP / Mobile Privacy – February 28, 2007

Technical Level: Intermediate Speaker: Seth Hardy Key and Identity Management With PGP There are many introductory tutorials out there on PGP (and its open source equivalents), but few seem to touch on one of the most important aspects of it, why many people choose to use it: key and identity management. It’s been said that […]

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 the Rotunda Room (main floor past the elevators), 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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