Tom Ridge, the First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and Richard Fadden, Canada's Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, Announced as Keynote Speakers
TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2016 /CNW/ - The International Cyber Risk Management Conference (ICRMC) today revealed Tom Ridge – former Governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security – and Richard Fadden, Canada's former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister (working consecutively with Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau), as keynote speakers for the third annual ICRMC, taking place March 2–3, 2017 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto.
After 39 years in service with the Canadian government, Richard "Dick" Fadden retired earlier this year as one of Canada's top security officials. Previous responsibilities included Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Deputy Minister for the Department of National Defence.
A recognized thought leader in the area of cyber security, Tom Ridge is the founder of Ridge Global, a private company dedicated to assisting organizations as they prepare for and mitigate cyber risk. On September 1, 2016, he expanded to open Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions, Inc., a partnership with the Honourable David Peterson, former Premier of Ontario and Chairman of Cassels Brock & Blackwell.
"As organizations of all sizes have started relying more and more on technology to accomplish their goals, the risk of cyber attack has grown, becoming one of the most urgent threats facing businesses today," said Ridge. "Events like the ICRMC go a long way in spreading information and creating the solutions businesses need to help prepare for a potential data breach. I'm pleased to be involved in this year's conference, and to add my own voice to the wealth of viewpoints offered there."
ICRMC 2017 will explore the theme Cyber Security: Closing the Gaps, with expert panelists gathering for sessions dedicated to the gaps that exist in cyber security knowledge, governance, detection, insurance and response.
Registration for ICRMC 2017 opens in time for the start of the 13th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month-long event organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). NCSAM is dedicated to improving awareness and building education around cyber security and global online safety, featuring events and awareness campaigns meant to teach both businesses and consumers how to stay safe online and take cyber security precautions.
"NCSAM aims to teach even those organizations that don't consider themselves at risk about the importance of cyber security – because the harsh reality is that in today's technology-reliant landscape, every business is at risk," said ICRMC 2017 Emcee Ray Boisvert, CEO of I-SEC Integrated Strategies and the former Assistant Director of CSIS. "ICRMC aims to expand that awareness even further, helping organizations close the gaps in their cyber security protocol and knowledge. Because when any organization is a potential target, every organization needs to be prepared."
Once again, this year's Advisory Committee covers the spectrum of business and society concerned with cyber risk issues daily, including:
President & CEO, MSA Research Inc.
Counsel, Dentons Canada LLP
CEO, I-SEC Integrated Strategies and former Assistant Director, Intelligence, CSIS
SVP and National Cyber Practice Leader, Marsh Canada
Associate Professor, École Polytechnique de Montréal
CEO, Axio Global
Area Vice President, RSA Security
President & CEO, Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions Inc.
Global Vice Chairman Risk Advisory, Deloitte LLP
Senior Manager, Consulting Services, Mandiant
National Lead, Canada, Network Visibility and Enforcement
Cisco Global Security Sales Organization
SVP, National Cyber and Privacy Practice Leader, Aon Canada Inc.
Partner, Cybersecurity & Privacy Consulting Leader, PwC
Now in its third year, the International Cyber Risk Management Conference (ICRMC) has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted global cyber security events. Employing a unique solution-oriented approach, ICRMC gathers experts from across fields – with representatives from business, academia, law enforcement, banking and more – to discuss today's most pressing cyber security issues. Visit www.icrmc.com for more information.
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