Cyber Defenses, Best Practices and Techniques


This course provides insights into future cyber power and influence.

The course presents a calculus for effective cyber defense, beyond common cyber security standards and best-practices. The material covers adversarial capabilities, tradecraft and state-of-the-art solutions. We will explore means and methods for the detection, identification, hunt, attribution deterrence and engagement of advanced persistent threats.



  • Appreciate competitive and contested space
  • Understand the scope and nature of the threat to Canada, the nature of vulnerabilities, exploits, attack vectors, adversarial tools techniques and procedures
  • Determine effective cyber defense strategies against sophisticated actors



  • Leaders, managers and professionals responsible for or acutely affected by cyber security, intelligence and defense.



12 hours



  • Regular: $1095 (plus tax)
  • SCALE AI: $547.50 (plus tax) – From January 2023 - March 2023



This course is supported by SCALE AI. All persons employed in Canada are eligible to benefit from a 50% discount on enrolment fees. Please select the SCALE AI session below and register with your work email address and work mailing address. 

Featured Instructor

Dave McMahon has an honours degree in computer engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and 35 years experience in defence, security and intelligence.  Dave was a CSO, COO to defence, telecommunications and intelligence organizations, co-chair or the Interdepartmental Committee on Information Warfare, expert witness to the Senate and special advisor to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and intelligence oversight and review. Dave is currently the Chair of the CADSI cyber council, and the CEO of Clairvoyance Cyber Corp.