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Cyber Security Symposium 3.0

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What: Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium 3.0

When: Monday, May 15, 2017

  • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Registration
  • 9:30 – 4:45 p.m. | Symposium Sessions
  • 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. | Networking Reception

Time: 9:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: Sheridan College | Hazel McCallion Campus | 4180 Duke of York Blvd. | Mississauga, ON L5B 0G5

About the Conference: Hosted by Sheridan College | Faculty of Applied Science and Technology in collaboration with Sheridan Applied Research and Innovation, Sheridan's full day Cyber Security Symposium 3.0 will explore cyber security within public health & safety, community, education and business. If want to learn more about how cyber security could affect you and your business, from Industry and academic experts, register today to reserve your spot.

Capacity: 140 participants

Cost: $150 per attendee (includes luncheon, networking reception and parking).

Register today!

For further information, please contact Karolina Hryciuk, 905-845-9430, ext. 5730,

Ryan WilsonRyan Wilson, Chief Security Advisor, Scalar Decisions

Ryan Wilson is an experienced security practitioner and leader with over 20 years of IT experience and 12 years of information security consulting experience. At Scalar, Ryan holds the position of Chief Security Advisor, responsible for driving Scalar’s customer facing security strategy. Prior to assuming his role at Scalar, Ryan was Director of Security Architecture and Engineering at TELUS Security Solutions, and has worked for companies such as McAfee/Intel, MTS Allstream, and Q9 Networks.

James Phillips - PaladionJames Phillips, Director, Cyber Intelligence, Paladion

James is an experienced cyber forensic investigator with 20 years experience in Cyber Security and Investigations. James’ background includes the Department of National Defense, former Manager of Forensics for both PwC and KPMG, Senior Forensic Analyst at TELUS and full time college professor teaching Forensics and Investigations. Most recently James was the Advanced Threat Protection specialist for Symantec providing expert level knowledge into deep packet inspection, malware analysis and SSL Decryption.

James' experience includes host forensics, network forensics cyber intelligence, malware investigations, incident response, red teaming and investigations involving - data leakage, fraud, theft, corporate espionage and anti-counterfeiting.

James is currently the Program Lead at the University of Toronto for the Cyber Incident Management Certificate

Shaharris Beh from HackernestShaharris Beh, CEO, Hackernest

With a diverse, international background that spans media & advertising, private equity, and software development, Shaharris focuses on strategic growth, major partnerships, and high-visibility and high-impact cause projects.

Leveraging his experience in development economics and business from the likes of the United Nations and Omnicom-owned DDB, he advises a handful of tech startups and is a member of the City of Toronto’s Innovation & Technology Advisory Committee. Alma mater: Tufts University.

Roy Firestein eSentireRoy Firestein, Lead Researcher, eSentire

Leader, strategist and seasoned hacker, Roy's an expert in cyber security, business development and product and project management. Responsible for Cymon, an open platform and API that organizations can use to identify computers and users that may pose a cyber security threat, Roy is the lead researcher at eSentire. With a background in programming, research, management, marketing and sales, Roy has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex cyber challenges. Roy's passions lie in Big Data and Machine Learning, especially when applied to cyber security. As a multi-linguist of technology-driven business, he speaks fluent geek, marketer, designer, salesperson, investor and difficult client.

Pranav Shah Ekana SecurityPranav Shah, Security Leader, Ekana Security Inc.

Being a victim of hacking can be disruptive, whether it involves you personally or a company. Pranav’s passion is in building strategies and solutions to protect valuable information for small and medium size businesses. Pranav has 15 years of experience in Security Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Security Operations. Every business has a different set of security challenges and there is no single approach to solve any one problem. In recognizing this need, Pranav founded Ekana Security Inc. Ekana provides strong, resilient and reliable security solutions that are customized to your business model and threats.

Eric Tse - SplunkEric Tse, Sr. Sales Engineer, Splunk

As a Splunk cyber security specialist, Eric is responsible for monitoring security trends and developing strategies for new solutions to advance product development, and to meet the emerging needs of customers across the globe.

Eric is an information security and data center veteran with over twenty years of experience designing advanced and secured data centers across physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure. At a recent cybersecurity event, while sharing the stage with the CISO of US homeland security, Eric exchanged views on why organizations are resistant to sharing cyber threat information and how to overcome those challenges in the face of organized global cybercriminal elements.

Iain McNabDr. Iain McNab, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Sheridan

As Dean of Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Iain presides over some of North America’s most recognized Information Systems Security programs. Iain graduated with a BSc in chemical physics at the University of Sussex. He then joined the research group of Professor Alan Carrington, FRS, at Oxford University, where he earned his doctorate through research. Iain then became tenured faculty in physics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and led his own research group, gaining an international reputation for his work on the structure of gas phase molecular ions.

Iain has taught courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Toronto, and at Seneca College and Sheridan. He’s published over 50 scientific papers in international journals.

The agenda for the Cyber Security Symposium is full of multi disciplinary expertise offering a broad view of the current and future cyber security landscape, in business, the community and education.
Cyber Security Symposium agenda


Major Sponsors

Sheridan would like to acknowledge the generous support of all of our Symposium Sponsors and Partners.

2017 Cyber Security Symposium sponsor logos 

Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium Committee

Shelley Barr | Coordinator, Conference and Event Services

Philip Stubbs | Associate Dean, Applied Computing Davis

Ricardo Hoar | Associate Dean, Applied Computing Trafalgar

Nick Johnston | Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences, Information Systems Security

Mark Buchner | Industry Liaison, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Heather McElrea | Marketing and Information Specialist, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

Dianna Dinevski | Industrial Liaison Manager, Sheridan Undergraduate Research

Karolina Hryciuk | Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Committee Secretary

Iain McNab | Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology

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