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CANCELLED - Experts Discuss "Cyber Security: An Ever-Present Business Threat"

7:45-8:29am check-in, light breakfast; 8:30am sharp to 1:00pm sessions

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Speaker Series | Networking Event | Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday April 14, 2020 | 08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Speaker(s): Ray Boisvert, Associate Partner for Ontario, IBM Security
Paul Calatayud, Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks Americas
Susan Christoffersen, William A. Downe BMO Chair in Finance; Vice Dean, Undergraduate and Specialized Programs; Co-Director – TD Management Data and Analytics Lab; and Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Brian Keng, Data Scientist in Residence, TD Management Data & Analytics Lab; Adjunct Professor in Data Science, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Chief Data Scientist, Rubikloud Technologies
Dr. Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan, Director, Cybersecurity Research Lab, Ryerson University; Assistant Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management
Denis Ryan, Senior Director, Advanced Technologies for Proofpoint, Inc

Moderator: Adina Saposnik, CISO and VP, Technology Planning, Ontario Health – Digital Services
Topic: “Cyber Security: An Ever-Present Business Threat"

Fleck Atrium (Ground Floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
105 St George Street

Location: Toronto
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These themes will be covered at this event:

  1. Cyber security: a necessary technology or an existential business risk?
  2. Cyber security and risk management
  3. Can a properly integrated cyber security practice integrate with profitability?
  4. What are the ethical imperatives for cyber security?


7:45-8:29am Check-in, Light Breakfast

8:30-8:45am Opening Remarks

8:45-9:25am Session 1

9:25-10:05am Session 2

10:05-10:25am Coffee Break

10:25-11:05am Session 3

11:05-11:45am Session 4

11:45-12:55pm Panel Discussion

12:55-1:00pm Closing Remarks

1:00pm Event Adjourns


Ray Boisvert is the Associate Partner for Ontario within IBM Security. Given his deep background in national security, as well as consulting within the realm of threats to corporate assets and initiatives, Ray is focused on assisting IBM clients to better identify and mitigate security risks in an integrated, strategic manner. Previously, Ray was appointed as the first Security Advisor for the Province of Ontario. While reporting to the Secretary of Cabinet, Ray supported efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could adversely affect services, networks and facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security. Just prior, and during a five-year tenure as President of I-Sec Integrated Strategies, Ray delivered business intelligence solutions affecting core challenges such as cyber and insider threats, while guiding resilience building and opportunity pursuits with an emphasis exploiting geo-strategic foresight. He also consulted on global business strategies such as M+A opportunities with potential National Security risks. At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the RCMP, Ray joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director responsible for the Intelligence Directorate. During his tenure at CSIS, Ray was involved in broad facets of security intelligence operations such as leadership for Intelligence Assessments, the Counter Terrorism Branch, as well as driving national security priorities pertaining to Operational Risk, Data Exploitation and Covert Operations.

Paul Calatayud serves as Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks Americas. Prior to his role with Palo Alto Networks, Paul was Chief Technology Officer for FireMon, leading business development, corporate development, and product strategy. Paul is a two-time CISO and lead security strategy for a fortune 5 healthcare company providing cyber technology strategy for over 300K employees. Paul has held progressive roles in information security at the Department of Defense, Medtronic, Comcast, BAE Systems, Best Buy, and Vesta. Paul is also an advisor to half a dozen cyber companies, VC, and private equity firms. Paul holds multiple certifications including: CISSP, CISA, CISM, and GCIH. Paul holds a B.S. in Information Technology, MBA, Masters in Cryptography, and a PhD in Leadership (in progress).

Dr. Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan is Director, Cybersecurity Research Lab, Ryerson University and Assistant Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson. Dr. Atefeh (Atty) Mashatan is the founder and director of the Cybersecurity Research Lab (CRL) at Ryerson University and recognized as a leading expert in cryptography, blockchain technology, quantum-resistant solutions, enterprise security architecture and Internet-of-Things (IoT) security. Mashatan’s expertise at the frontlines of the global cybersecurity field was recognized by SC Magazine in 2019, when she was named one of the top five Women of Influence in Security. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 19 of 2019 Tech Titans at IBM CASCON Evoke conference for her efforts in developing emerging technological solutions to address timely societal needs.

Through strategic collaborations with government and industry, Mashatan and the CRL seek to spearhead crucial, ongoing dialogue with the Information and Computer Technology (ICT) industry in Canada, and to help solve industry problems through cutting edge information security and research into cyber risk mitigation strategies and solutions. Previously, Mashatan was a Scientific Collaborator at the Security and Cryptography Laboratory of School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne), where she conducted research into cryptographic protocols, followed by a position at CIBC, where she was a Senior Information Security Consultant and Solutions Architect focusing on cryptography and enterprise architecture. Since 2016, Mashatan has been a professor of information technology management at Ryerson where she is training the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Mashatan serves on the board of directors at Compute Ontario, a consortia which serves to drive the province’s capacity in advanced research computing and big data; and on the board of the Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst, which is dedicated to solving critical cybersecurity challenges, accelerating Canadian cyber technologies and creating new opportunities for Canadian workers and entrepreneurs. Her research has been supported by numerous industry partners as well as agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Denis Ryan is Senior Director, Advanced Technologies for Proofpoint, Inc. He is a World Wide Leader specialized in email fraud. Previously, Denis held management positions at several well-known high-tech companies including Nominum (now part of Akamai), Tellabs (now Coriant), Verizon and IBM. As a sales leader of the fastest growing business unit in Proofpoint, Denis oversaw the go to market sales and sales engineering strategy post the Return Path business unit acquisition for email fraud prevention. He has a strong information security technical consulting background as well as pre- and post- sales experience for large enterprise customers across multiple sectors (public and private). The diverse background of IT and security solutions allows Denis to overlay the Proofpoint sales efforts in multiple verticals as Proofpoint has ramped this specialized team to prevent the various forms of identity deception. He resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, mentors undergraduates for his alma mater (University of Dallas) and volunteers his time for various local charities.

Adina Saposnik has the accountability for the Cyber Security portfolio at Ontario Health – Digital Services with the mandate to establish and maintain the enterprise vision, strategy, and program to adequately protect its digital assets and technologies. A transformational leader, Adina Saposnik is also responsible for the strategy and program implementation pertaining to the rationalization, standardization, interoperability, scalability and continuous operation of Ontario Health – Digital Services computing environment. A professional engineer (P.Eng), Adina has a broad range of experience gained by serving in leadership roles across the financial, telecommunications, retail and healthcare sectors. Her credentials include B,Sc.EE from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management and certifications in Strategic Leadership (University of Toronto) and project management (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

About the TD Management Data and Analytics Lab

TD Management Data and Analytics Lab promotes cutting-edge analytic tools in business through teaching and research, and is a central source of knowledge and expertise in data science, AI, and machine learning applications.

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