Join us on October 20th to uncover the key findings of the latest Canadian whitepaper “Canadian Cyber Security Report, Exploring the Impact of Covid-19 on the Cybersecurity Sector”. A panel of information, technology and cyber experts will dig into the ongoing impact of the pandemic on global IT organizations and the remote workforce in both private and public sectors.  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, malware, malicious attacks and cyber threats have profoundly impacted and changed, not only the corporate IT network landscape, but the workforce, remote and other, for years to come.

Registrants will receive an exclusive digital copy of the whitepaper “Canadian Cyber Security Report, Exploring the Impact of Covid-19 on the Cybersecurity Sector.”

Event Audience

Individuals with an interest in expanding their knowledge in information and cybersecurity. Introductory level no previous experience required.


Alan McCafferty is a Senior Business Analyst with 25+ years of progressive experience working with public organizations, not-for-profits, start-ups, and multinational corporations.  Educated in Canada, the USA and Europe in multiple disciplines including Engineering, Business, Risk Management, and Lean 6 Sigma, he is the author of more than 25 white papers and the recipient of the Canada Award for Excellence.

During his career, Alan has led the delivery of a multi-year $1 billion+, mission-critical information technology projects.  As a Cyber Security SME, Alan was key in the developed of the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute cyber security program and teaches several of the courses. 


Ben Vaughan is the Managing Director of Thales’ Cyber Defense Solutions business in North America, responsible for Canada and the United States. Ben has a background of 10 years in cyber security in consultancy, marketing and general management roles working with clients in defence, intelligence, aerospace and industry.

Prior to Thales Ben spent three years on the executive management team of AIRBUS Cyber Security where he was involved in the development and growth of the OT (Operational Technology) domain and has carried that focus into Thales. Ben has a first-class Master of Science in Engineering Management from Reading University and an MBA from The University of Strathclyde Business School.

Rob Rashotte is a graduate from the Executive MBA program at the University of Ottawa and is Vice President of the Fortinet NSE Training Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience developing training and education strategies for start-ups as well as complex global organizations. Rob also has more than 15 years of experience working with some of the most innovative, fast-paced companies in the high-tech industry.

Event Agenda


9:00 - 9:05   Welcome Remarks 
9:05 - 9:50   Speaker Presentation
9:50   - 9:58 Q&A
9:58 - 10:00 Closing Remarks



   October 20, 2021

   9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

   Various panelists



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