Cyber Security Symposium

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What: Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium

When: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time: 11:00-5:00 p.m.

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

Room A145 (main lecture hall in the main lobby)

About the Conference: Hosted by Sheridan College | Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, in collaboration with Sheridan Undergraduate Research (SURe), this half-day symposium will provide the landscape of Cyber Security in today's business world. Targeted to executives and management in a variety of industries, from business, to government, to food services and health care. If you're interested in learning how and why to protect valuable data in back-end systems from the very real and growing threat of cyber crime, this symposium is for you.

This engaging and interactive symposium aims to help participants understand: • The various roles, risks and actors • The impact of cloud computing • How to prevent, manage and contain the risks

Capacity: 120 participants


Regular Rate (available on and after Apr 1/16) - $145 per attendee (luncheon and parking included)

Register today!

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

David Peterson

David Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada

As a leader in the worldwide Office of the CTO, David is responsible for providing thought leadership by setting technical strategies within Microsoft Services Canada and engaging with customers across the country on industry, business and technology trends. David is a frequent speaker at events discussing a wide range of topics such as cloud opportunities, cybersecurity and trends in the Canadian marketplace. David also works with the Microsoft Canada solution architects who help customers align business challenges with technology solutions. David has been at Microsoft for 15 years and is also a member of the International Association for Solution Architects (IASA) Canada Chapter leadership team driving architecture practices to the Canadian community


Brad RiddellBrad Riddell,  Director of Security, Scalar Decisions

Brad Riddell has over 18 years experience in the North American Security market, with a focus on enterprise risk management. Brad’s background is in information systems audit & assurance, having started his career at KPMG and Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant. Brad’s most recent role prior to joining Scalar was with one of Canada’s major telecommunications companies. At Scalar, he leads a team of security sales professionals who guide our customers to the right security solutions to appropriately manage their security risk.


John JaisareeJohn Jaisaree,  CTO and Co-Founder, I2O Solutions

Mr. Jaisaree brings over twenty five years of experience in automated manufacturing solutions focusing on production and performance improvements. He has extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes in the food, beverage, roofing, automotive, waste and water treatment facilities both locally as well as internationally. In the past two years he has been pioneering Industrial Controls Cyber Security in Canada.


Dennis MeharchandDennis Meharchand,  CEO, Valt.X Cyber Security

Mr. Meharchand leads Valt.X in mitigating Cyber Warfare, Cyber Crime, Cyber Espionage and Cyber Terrorism threats for its customers worldwide and development of the leading edge technologies to do so. Dennis is a frequent speaker at events discussing a wide range of topics such as cybersecurity, Industry 4.0 and innovations in funding and marketing. He is the inventor of the CrowdBuy program and has several issued technology patents.


Chueck McauleyChueck Mcauley,  Principle Security Engineer/Researcher, Ixia

Chuck McAuley is a Principal Security Researcher at the Application and Threat Intelligence Program at Ixia. Chuck is responsible for gathering actionable, application and security, intelligence for Ixia products. Chuck has more than 15 years of experience working in the field of Computer and Network Security for companies like BreakingPoint, Spirent Communications, and Imperfect Networks.

Chuck's passion is to help educate people about, and protect people from, malicious digital attacks. Chuck applies his passion through engineering, contributing to online publications, and speaking at technology events.


Benjamin Yankson profile photoBenjamin Yankson, Professor - Information Sciences

Benjamin Yankson is currently a Part-Time Faculty member at Sheridan College’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, and a PhD Candidate at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) researching on security and privacy of ubiquitous autonomous connected Toys, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Hung.

Prior to teaching at Sheridan College, he spent the last 10+ years in within the IT industry in various Technical and Security roles, including but not limited to: Critical Care Information Systems Product, Technical Lead, IT Manager, IT Coordinator, and Access Control Analyst.

Visham Roodal, Microsoft Security ConsultantVisham Roodal, Microsoft Security Consultant

Visham is a Microsoft Security Consultant based in Mississauga, Ontario. He has over 20 years of IT experience in both security consultancy and as a support engineer for Microsoft Exchange. In the past 5 years, he has focused on helping customers building identity management solutions and security Active Directory infrastructure services.

Visham has worked many verticals including financial services, insurance, utilities, telecom, retail and government.

Dr. Victor RalevichDr. Victor Ralevich, Professor - Information Sciences

Dr. Victor Ralevich has more than twenty years of experience in IS security research, development and consulting. His primary interest is in issues of privacy protection in cyberspace, applied cryptography, legal issues related to cyber conflicts, and PKI solutions development and implementation.

Dr. Ralevich developed and taught Mathematics and Computer Science related courses at the university and college level in Europe, US and Canada for most of his career. In IT industry he also held positions of: Chief Scientist, IS Security Consultant, Chief Security Officer, and IT Manager in several large size US and Canadian companies.

He is also creator and program coordinator of the Bachelor degree program in Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security) at Sheridan College, the first such undergraduate program in Canada.

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.



Cyber Security Symposium 2.0 agenda 

Major Sponsors

Sheridan would like to acknowledge the generous support of our Symposium Sponsors:

Presenting Partner


Industry Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors

Conexsys Communication Ltd

Promotional Sponsors

Oakville Chamber of Commerce
Faculty of Applied Science and Technology
Sheridan Graduate Research

Sheridan Cyber Security Symposium Committee

Shelley Barr | Coordinator, Conference and Event Services

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

Jane Cockton | Associate Director, Creative Strategy

Dianna Dinevski | Industrial Liaison Manager, Sheridan Undergraduate Research
email: dianna.dinevski@sheridancoll

Karolina Hryciuk | Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology and Committee Secretary
email: karolina.hryciuk@sheridanco

Kelly Karius | Project Manager, Sheridan Undergraduate Research

Iain McNab | Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology |

Gillian Morris | Manager, Planning and Projects, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology
email: gillian.morris@sheridancolleg

Christine Szustaczek | Director, Corporate Communications & External Relations | Foreign embassy and consulate trade offices
email: christine.szustaczek@sh

More Information

Karolina Hryciuk | 905-845-9430, x5730 | karolina.hryciuk@sheridanco

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips

  1. Security starts with awareness and education.
  2. Top-down support must drive the security program.
  3. Get your assets under control.
  4. Define boundaries of responsibility with your business partners.
  5. Treat your network like a wild animal. Learn its ways so it doesn't surprise you.
  6. Practice least privilege.
  7. Ease authentication woes the right way.
  8. Strive to be always up-to-date.
  9. Conduct regular reviews.
  10. Have a plan for when you get breached. (You WILL get breached)​

Slides available here:

Top 10 Tips Powerpoint Presentation