VIPSS Sector Days – Local Government April 1, 2021, Virtual Platform

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VIPSS Sector Days – Local Government
April 1, 2021
1pm-4pm PST

You’re invited to our complimentary by invitation only Local Government Sector Day presented by the Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit in partnership with ISACA Vancouver on April 1st. Join your peers and industry experts for an interactive afternoon of thought-provoking discussion where we’ll cover some of the most relevant cyber security topics impacting the Local Government Sector today.

Our tightly packed 3-hour agenda was carefully curated by a committee of your peers in Local Government.

This event is designed to inform and educate executives and cybersecurity professionals within Local Government on the critical issues and decisions that will be required of them if/when they should be called upon to respond to a major cyber incident. Please direct all inquiries about this event to Markus Lincoln:

When registering for your complimentary Sector Day ticket you will also have the opportunity to purchase a discounted ticket at $250+tax for #VIPSS21!

To register please click here!


Christina Crabtree

General Manager of Corporate Services, City of Maple Ridge

Leo de Sousa

Director of Enterprise Technology, City of Vancouver

Grant Fengstad

Director of IT, City of Richmond

Mitch Kelsey

Cybersecurity Advisor, CDW

Debbie Mazurak

Team Lead Information Security Compliance and Advisory, City of Calgary

Tim McCreight

Former Acting CSO, City of Calgary

Jazz Pabla

Information Services Director, City of Kelowna

Mike Palmer

CIO, City of Victoria
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Thursday, April 1, 2021

1:00-1:10pm PST

Welcome Address

1:10-1:40pm PST

Session #1 - Implementing a Risk Based Approach to Security

It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Change your traditional security program over to a risk-based approach. But what does that really look like? Join Tim McCreight, former acting Chief Security Officer for The City of Calgary as he describes what a risk-based security program looks like, and the journey his team continues to take.

1:40-2:25pm PST

Session #2 – Panel Discussion: Ransomware – Are You Ready to Respond?

Local governments have been the targets of ransomware attacks for many years now. We see the devastation caused by these attacks on cities and public bodies. This panel will provide insights into current practices and also discuss what gaps and areas we should focus on going forward.

2:25-2:30pm PST

Afternoon Break - Prize Draw Time

Voluntary Prize Draw Entry Time

2:30-3:10pm PST

Session #3 – A Vendor’s Perspective: Incident Response Retainers and Supply Chain

When do you make the call to burn your incident response retainer? When do you know when an incident constitutes a breach? What is this going to do to our cyber insurance premiums?

2020 was the second consecutive year that 100% of Canadian organizations we surveyed reported a cyber security incident over the previous year, and increasingly, organizations concerned about cyber security threats are looking towards adopting a posture of assumed compromise and shift their objectives from secure to resilient.

In this interactive session, we will break down the Incident Response Life Cycle, discuss a few common and dangerous threat vectors, and empower you with some tools and resources to determine and improve your own security incident response readiness.

3:10-3:55pm PST

Session #4 – Panel Discussion: The Future of Work

2020 showed that local governments were able to pivot from a primarily on-site workforce to a remote workforce. We proved that we could support our colleagues to continue delivering services to the public from their homes. It has been over a year now and this panel will discuss the lessons learned and how they will impact the future of work by securing a remote workforce, building culture remotely, and changes to how and where city employees work.

3:55-4:00pm PST

Closing Remarks and Prize Draw by CDW

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