Farshad Abasi

Chief Security Officer, Forward Security

Farshad Abasi is an innovative technologist with over twenty five years of experience in software design and development, network and system architecture, cybersecurity, management, and technical instruction. With a keen interest in security from the start, he has become an expert in that aspect of computing and communication over the last nineteen years. He started Forward Security in 2018, with a mission to provide world class information security services with focus on Application and Cloud security. He was previously a senior member of HSBC Group’s IT Security team with the most recent positions being the Principal Global Security Architect and Head of IT Security of the Canadian division. Farshad is continuing an nineteen year stint as an instructor at BCIT where he shares his passion for information and network security, helping others build a career in this exciting field. He is also the security correspondent for CFAX radio, BSides Vancouver/MARS board member, Vancouver OWASP chapter lead, a CISSP designate, and a UBC CS alumnus.