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SecTor 2017 photos and recap

Ellen Cools   

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Canada’s cybersecurity strategy, the relationship between financial crime and cyber crime, cyber analytics and the prevalence of the Internet of Things (IoT) were just some of the topics covered at SecTor 2017 from November 13-15.

Bruce Schneier speaking at SecTor 2017

On November 14, Colleen Merchant, director general for national cybersecurity, Government of Canada, started the day with her keynote address about the evolution of cyber threats and Canada’s cybersecurity policy.

According to Merchant, the federal government is increasing its capacity to respond to cyber attacks. “In this digital age,” she said, “cybersecurity is necessary not just for protecting but fully maximizing the potential of technology.”

The final day of the conference began with a presentation from Bruce Schneier, cybersecurity expert and author of the blog, “Schneier on Security.” Schneier emphasized the need for technologists to work with policymakers and government agencies as IoT, cloud-computing and autonomy become increasingly integrated with everyday objects and devices.


Both days also featured numerous sessions about new technology, management, security fundamentals, tools, finance and more, as well as a tradeshow floor where exhibitors showcased new products and platforms. Canadian Security attended two sessions, “Cyber Crime and Financial Crime: Different Sides of the Same Coin,” by Tyson Macaulay and “Insider Threat Analytics and Anomalous Behaviours,” by Carl Miller.

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