Cybersecurity video highlights from Technicity

Canadian cyber-security experts from both the public and private sector descended upon Toronto today to take part in Technicity, an event co-hosted by IT World Canada and the City of Toronto.

In between the keynote presentations and panel discussions, the team connected with some of the speakers about their highlights of the day and key takeaway lessons.

The City of Toronto launched its innovative open data initiative to give its citizens better access to publicly available information and improve transparency at City Hall. It allows users to sift through everything from councillor’s budget usage to TTC ridership and food bank visitor numbers. The city hopes such data will be used for positive purposes, says Rob Meikle, CIO at the City of Toronto, and that has been seen with mobile apps such as Rocket Man, which helps navigate TTC routes and see when your bus is coming. But an organization that presents data without a clearly identified purpose must also be prepared for the data to be used in a negative way, possibly as part of nefarious activities.

Is Canada ready for the modern risks posed by the cyber-security landscape? That is the question that was put to panelists moderated by Andy Papadopoulos, president of Navantis. He learned that in today’s world, the local police department is expected to deal with a stolen WiFi signal, and every corporation is likely breached even if they don’t yet realize it.

Companies are facing the tension of letting employees use technology they are comfortable with and more likely to be productive with versus the security risks of allowing that sort of access, says Doug Cooke, director of engineering at McAfee Canada. To make securing an organization manageable, those responsible for doing so must talk to business leaders about what data is critical to the business and then focusing a plan around that.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson
Editorial director of IT World Canada. Covering technology as it applies to business users. Multiple COPA award winner and now judge. Paddles a canoe as much as possible.

Featured Story

How the CTO can Maintain Cloud Momentum Across the Enterprise

Embracing cloud is easy for some individuals. But embedding widespread cloud adoption at the enterprise level is...

Related Tech News

Get ITBusiness Delivered

Our experienced team of journalists brings you engaging content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives delivered directly to your inbox.

Featured Tech Jobs