In early October, the annual conference was held to kick off Cyber Security Awareness Month. For the third year, 130 participants attended expert presentations and participated in virtual networking sessions. This edition was presented by Investir Ottawa, the main economic development organization of the national capital, the City of Gatineau, ID Gatineau, IN-SEC-M and the Ottawa Cyber Security Meetup forum.
For two days, cybersecurity SMEs were able to hear experts share their expertise and discuss innovative solutions to improve cybersecurity. A first panel Canadian digital identity: a bridge between Europe and North America? presented by Joni Brennan, President of DIACC, and Dan Butnaru, Senior Digital Identity Advisor at ATOS, addressed the eIDAS-oriented vision combined with current cloud and mobile trends, particularly favored in North America.
After the panel, George Watt, strategic and innovation partner at Becker-Carroll, presented the concept of self-sovereign identity: “Identity is crucial for administration and business. Current methods ignore underserved people. Self-sovereign identity enables the establishment of trusted ecosystems, returns control of personal information to their participants and protects their interests. ”
Did you know that around the world, 1 billion people have difficulty having their identity recognized? Whether it is children, women, refugees; most living in weaker and deficient economies or administrations. To have a self-sovereign identity, Mr. Watt suggests a verifiable and verified identity: “Citizens must have a self-generating and independent identity, with informed consent and thus control what is shared. People should share only what is necessary, with minimal attack surfaces – this is called a minimum disclosure strategy. ”
The Mayor of the City of Gatineau, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, as well as Laura Dudas, Deputy Mayor, City of Ottawa and Deborah Clark-Forster, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Economic Development (Ontario) were present for the speech of opening. “We are increasingly succeeding in making the Gatineau-Ottawa region a key player in cybersecurity, which is a flourishing opportunity for our region,” said Mr. Pedneaud-Jobin. It is a business sector that will experience significant growth over the next few years – unfortunately – and we must work together to fight cybercrime. The collaborative work across the cybersecurity cluster, whether by the two cities themselves, or by other organizations on both sides of the river, is a key success factor. This is a truly integrated effort to position the region and combine strengths on both sides of the river, which benefits our businesses, our institutions and, ultimately, everyone. ”
On the second day, Kaoutar Sghiouer, Technical Director Artificial Intelligence at Atos, moderated a panel entitled Impact of disruptive technologies on defense systems. Ryan Moreira, Deputy Director of Ground Operations and Cyber Security at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada, concluded by discussing the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) policy and increasing cybersecurity requirements in projects. acquisition of the Ministry of National Defense.
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