COVID 19 and Cybersecurity: Protecting your business

Thursday, April 16 - 2020
11:00-11:30 am EDT


COVID 19 and Cybersecurity

Protecting your business through this crisis

In the midst of this novel coronavirus pandemic, we are coming together as a nation to ‘flatten the curve’ by exercising better personal hygiene and social distancing. Canadians and Canadian businesses have embraced technology to stay better connected, adopt alternative work arrangements, and move business activities online.

Unfortunately, during crises like these, opportunistic cyber attacks increase. For example, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security has noted an increase in healthcare related phishing and malware scams. The threats apply to more than just healthcare, as there is also an increase in online criminal activity. Is your business adequately protected from these threats?

Whether you are a private, public or non-profit small or medium-sized organization, we understand that many of you are in crisis mode and your time is valuable. Accordingly, we have created a free, short 30-minute webinar featuring industry experts that will provide simple and clear information about: the primary threats to your business at this time; risks posed with alternative and work from home (WFH) arrangements; and some key actions that you can do to help mitigate those risks. Keeping this ‘light and lively’ we are also going to have a short Q&A session.

Join TECHNATION and industry experts from eSentire, KPMG and CCTX on April 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT (30 min) for this short but meaningful webinar that will provide you with practical ways you can protect your business.

Thank you to our partners in supporting this and other cybersecurity best practices initiatives

Speakers Bios

Eldon Sprickerhoff

Eldon Sprickerhoff is the original pioneer and inventor of what is now referred to as Managed Detection and Response (MDR). In founding he responded to the incipient yet rapidly growing demand for a more proactive approach to preventing and investigating information security breaches. Now with over 20 years of tactical experience, Eldon is acknowledged as a subject matter expert in information security analysis.   Eldon holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo.

Paul Sammut

Paul Sammut is a leader of KPMG’s Regions East Cyber Security team, based in Ottawa. Paul has over 20 years of experience in IT & Information Security providing Consultancy & Assurance in Europe, the US and Canada. Contact:

Ruth Promislow
Bennett Jones

Ruth has extensive experience with data protection, privacy and cybersecurity matters including regulatory compliance, cyber preparedness, breach response and related litigation. Ruth works with clients to assess their risks and vulnerabilities, and their legal obligations regarding collection, use and storage of personal or confidential information. Ruth assists clients in developing comprehensive policies, guidelines and procedures to minimize exposure from potential attacks, and to ensure compliance with regulatory and contractual obligations. Ruth also works with clients to develop and implement effective incident response plans enabling clients to respond quickly to a data incident without creating further liability from incident mismanagement.

Bob Gordon

Bob is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX).  Most recently, Bob was a Director, Global Cyber Security at CGI.  Prior to this, he enjoyed a long and successful career in the Federal Government, which included being the architect of Canada’s first Cyber Security.

Bob has had a unique career in a number of Canada’s security, intelligence and law enforcement organizations:  Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level.

Bob has provided operational leadership in investigating and analyzing the full range of threats to the security of Canada, which included leading the CSIS Counter Terrorism program.

Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors for Quantum Safe Canada, a member of the Advisory Council on the Modernization of Microdata Access with Statistics Canada, and the Advisory Board for the Master of Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence program with the University of Guelph.

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