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What is BSides?
BSides is an open platform that gives security experts and industry professionals the opportunity to share ideas, insights, and develop longstanding relationships with others in the community. It is a rare opportunity to directly connect and create trusted relationships with key members of the community.
This will be the ninth BSides conference held in St. John’s.
Where is St. John’s?
St. John’s is located along on the East Coast of Canada, on the northeast of the Avalon Peninsula in southeast Newfoundland. It is the most easterly city in North America.
Name: Dean Parsons
Talk Title: Cybersecurity – Sneakers, Campfires & Consistency
Bio: Cybersecurity Leader, Industrial Control System Defender, SANS ICS Instructor – Dean is an active member of the cybersecurity community dedicated to mentoring new comers to the field, and defending Canadian Critical Infrastructure. Dean holds designations for security management, intrusion analysis active industrial control system incident response, and a degree in Computer Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland. It’s common to find Dean working at both a packet and policy level, overseeing Security Operations and Active Cyber Defense for an electric utility in Newfoundland. When not focused on security, Dean spends his time exploring the coast of Newfoundland on a JetSki through all seasons, or somewhere on dry land playing piano.
Name: Robert W. (Bob) Gordon
Talk Title: Cyber Resilience As A Team Sport
Bio: Bob Gordon is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX). The CCTX is Canada’s private sector organization for the sharing and analysis of cyber threat information and enabling collaboration across all sectors. Most recently, Bob was a Director, Global Cyber Security at CGI. Prior to this, he enjoyed a long and successful career in the Federal Government, which included being the architect of Canada’s first Cyber Security Strategy.
Bob has had a unique career in Canada’s security, intelligence and law enforcement organizations: Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level. He was responsible for science and technology, information management/information technology, and internal security programs (personnel, physical and information technology). Bob has also provided operational leadership in investigating and analyzing the full range of threats to the security of Canada, which included leading the CSIS Counter Terrorism program.
Name: Olivier Bilodeau
Talk Title: Embedded Systems Or How I Learned To Start Worrying And Hate IoT
Bio: Olivier Bilodeau is leading the Cybersecurity Research team at GoSecure. With more than 10 years of infosec experience, he enjoys attracting embedded Linux malware, writing tools for malware research, reverse-engineering all-the-things and vulnerability research. Passionate communicator, Olivier has spoken at several conferences like BlackHat USA/Europe, Defcon, Botconf, SecTor, Derbycon, HackFest and more. Invested in his community, he co-organizes MontréHack, a monthly workshop focused on applied information security, and NorthSec, Montreal’s community conference, and the world’s largest on-site Capture-The-Flag.
Name: Aunshul Rege
Talk Title: I Agreed To What? How The Average Person Handles Online Terms And Conditions Statements
Bio: Aunshul Rege is an associate professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. Her National Science Foundation sponsored research and education projects examine the human element of cybercrimes, focusing on behavior, decision-making, adaptation, and group dynamics. She loves educating the next generation workforce across the social and hard sciences about the relevance of the human factor in cybersecurity. She has published in the area of cybersecurity education in USENIX, American Society for Engineering Education, and International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (IEEE). She has a BSc in Computer Science, a BA and MA in Criminology, and an MA and PhD in Criminal Justice.
Name: Ryan S
Talk Title: Bear Trap: The Disruption of a GRU Close Access Cyber Operation
Bio: Ryan is a Halifax-based Cyber Intelligence Officer responsible for investigating state-sponsored cyber activities in Atlantic Canada. His duties include incident response, memory analysis, threat hunting, and OSINT research. When he’s not fighting cyber bad guys, he’s playing hockey or embarrassing himself on the golf course.
Name: David Shipley and Moussa Noun
Talk Title: Context is King: Creating Security Awareness Campaigns that Drive Behaviour Change
Bio: David Shipley co-founded Beauceron Security, a New Brunswick-based global cybersecurity firm providing awareness education and behaviour change technology to clients around the world with clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Shipley developed the cybersecurity awareness program at the University of New Brunswick from which the Beauceron technology evolved.
Moussa Noun is the Sr. Manager of Awareness & Education, for Global Cyber Security for a major Canadian financial institution. He has over 18 years of experience in information technology and cyber security including three years at his current employer and 12 years with companies such as Apple, Bell, IBM and TELUS. His interests include ethical hacking, social engineering and the human side of cyber security. He now runs the internal awareness & education program and leads the development of the Cyber Security Awareness Framework (CSAF).
Name: Kyle Hendrickson
Talk Title: How BLUE Won Against RED
Bio: Kyle Hendrickson has been in Information Security Leadership positions for the last 16 years (with a small detour). He was hooked on computers learning to overclock AMD K5 processors in the 90’s. Other accomplishments: Kyle once performed a storage controller swap on an end of life, out of support, off maintenance IBM DS4700 with 10TBs of Clinical trial data – no documentation with zero data loss. Cut down a barn with a chainsaw for his wife. Studied for his CISSP exam while driving a semi and listening to SANS Instructors. Often miss spells words to the point that spell check gives up. Built a bbq grill out of a 1953 chevy pickup.
Name: Holly Story
Talk Title: What DNS Can Tell You About Your Network Security
Bio: Holly, originally from Newfoundland, leads CIRA’s cybersecurity efforts in Eastern Canada, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. She is an expert in helping organizations understand how our DNS-level security services can integrate and complement existing solutions to minimize risk.
Name: Grant Boudreau
Talk Title: An Introduction To Pentesting The OWASP Top 10
Bio: Grant Boudreau is a Cyber Security Consultant for MNP LLP. He holds a Bachelor degree in Information Technology – Network Management from Cape Breton University, is an OSCP and OSWP graduate from Offensive Security, and has several other industry certifications. Grant has a passion for security and loves to learn new things. He also loves helping and sharing security tips and tricks with others.