ITAC Cyber Security Forum – ISED Cyber Standards Outreach

Wednesday, May 15 - 2019
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Ottawa / Go-to-Meeting

ISED Cyber Standards Outreach Workshop with ITAC Members and Stakeholders

Wednesday May 15th, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Doug Blakey, President & Founder, Watsec Cyber Risk Management

Josie Brocca, Director, Cyber Certification, Tech & Talent, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

John Davey, Quality Manager, Standards Council of Canada’s Accreditation

ITAC is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) to host a workshop as part of our series of Cyber Forums to discuss the development of Canadian Cyber Security Standards.  There is an option to attend in-person and via Go-to-Webinar.

Last year, in budget 2018 the Government of Canada announced a new 5-year cyber assessment and certification program for Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The program will develop a new SME targeted, voluntary cyber security standard, assess, and certify Canadian organizations against this standard.  The cyber standard and program will be based upon the expertise and support of the Canadian Center for Cyber Security (CCCS) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). ISED is responsible for the overall program implementation and delivery.

A pilot of the program is expected to launch first half of 2019.  During the pilot phase, selected companies will be certified to interim requirements by Certification Body’s supporting the pilot phase. The program’s interim requirements and processes will evolve during the pilot phase to ensure the best possible program and ensure that it meets the needs of the intended participants, SMEs.  In parallel, SCC will launch a process to formally create a new Canadian standard that will replace the interim requirements.

The details are still being developed and finalized by ISED but the intended model is to accredit Certification Bodies (CBs) through the SCC. Certified companies will be registered and tracked by ISED.

For more information please contact Nevin French, VP Policy (

Objective of the Workshop

  • ISED to meet with stakeholders interested in helping develop the program
  • Discuss with those interested in becoming Certification Bodies
  • Identify stakeholders interested in helping companies and organizations implement the recommended CCCS security controls
  • ISED to obtain feedback on the proposed accreditation requirements for Certification Bodies

Draft Agenda

1:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

Welcome ,ITAC

Josie Brocca, ISED

1:15 p.m. Cyber Assessment and Certification Program

  • Program Overview
  • Discussion on involvement in the program
Josie Brocca/Erle Higgins ISED
2:00 p.m. Overview Baseline Cyber Security Controls for Small and Medium Organizations Canadian Centre for Cyber Security(CCCS)
2:45  p.m. Health Break




3:15 p.m.

Certification Body Requirements


John Davey, SCC
3:30 p.m. Cyber Essentials Canada

  • Lessons leaned
4:15  p.m. Q&A  
4:55  p.m. Closing Remarks Josie Brocca, ISED
5:00 p.m. Adjourned  

Hosted by KPMG, 150 Elgin St., Suite 1800, Ottawa / Go-to-Webinar

Members: $50 Non-Members: $75


Doug Blakey is the president and founder of Watsec Cyber Risk Management. Watsec is a cyber risk auditor and an accredited Certification Body for the international Cyber Essentials standard. Prior to founding Watsec, Mr. Blakey spent more than 25 years in the IT industry working for organizations including IBM, Prudential Assurance, and Environment Canada. During his tenure with IBM Canada he supported Fortune 500 companies from business sectors that include banking, insurance, and public utilities. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a double major in Computer Science and Psychology from the University of Waterloo.

Josie Brocca is Director, Cyber Certification, Tech and Talent at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. In this role she oversees a number of digital inclusion programs to better enable Canadians to participate in the digital economy.  Combined these programs deliver refurbished computers to schools, communities and individuals; offer internships to up skill youth; and, provide low income Canadians with access to the Internet. She is also establishing a program to cyber certify small and medium-sized enterprises.

Ms. Brocca has worked for the Government of Canada since 2001 but for the last three years, took a leave of absence to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where she managed a meeting of Ministers on the digital economy; was an Advisor to the German G20 Presidency on issues relating to the digital economy; conducted research on the digital gender divide; and, developed a policy hackathon for women entrepreneurs.

John Davey has been the Quality Manager for the Standards Council of Canada’s Accreditation branch for over 5 years. Prior to this he held positions varying from software engineer at a large telecom company to product manager at a FinTech start-up. Throughout these roles, John’s acquired knowledge in certification standards, regulatory testing and accreditation. His presentation today will explain the purpose of accreditation, and what it means to the cyber security certification program.


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