We live in a time where you can hail an Uber, book an Airbnb and transfer funds with just a few quick taps on a smartphone. However, with this increased accessibility and digital capability comes the danger of potential cyberattacks and security risks.

Understanding cybersecurity and having the ability to mitigate cyber threats, particularly when it comes to business, is a crucial security and safety requirement. The recent Equifax breach or Yahoo hack, serve as a timely reminder that businesses and organizations must regularly revisit fundamental questions, such as; are the system update processes adequate? Is the staff properly trained and up-to-speed on various phishing attempts and acceptable use policies?

Deloitte, in association with the BC Tech Association, is providing an opportunity for Vancouver-based companies to learn the basics of cybersecurity. A three-part Cybersecurity Educational Series – beginning this month - will broach the complex topic of cybersecurity and provide tools for better understanding of cyber risk.

Targeted at the growing Health-Tech, fintech, Agri-Tech, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Internet of Things (IOT) industries, among other subsectors, the series comprises of two hour-long sessions and one shorter, breakout session.

The first educational panel session will navigate complex customer security questions and compliance requirements. It will also focus on understanding the importance of internal controls and customer-transparency.

The panel, made up of fintech and RegTech leaders and moderated by Deloitte Risk Advisory Partner Erica Pretorius, is intended to educate attendees on how to reduce the risk and impact of a cyber-breach.

Experts – including Trulioo’s GM Zac Cohen – will be on hand at the first installment of this series, held at the BC Tech Innovation Hub on November 14 from 8am until 9am.

The second session, on November 21, will take a deep-dive into the IT control frameworks and assurance options. The third session – spread out over three dates November 30, December 1 and December 2 – will facilitate breakout sessions for smaller groups proving one-on-one mentorship and company specific tutelage.

Zac is an experienced business leader focused on strategic planning, corporate management, risk management and operational efficiencies. With nearly 10 years of startup and tech experience – primarily in the compliance space – Zac has built and scaled companies but applying a proven people-systems approach to collaboration, ownership and accountability. He is passionate about technology and its ability to impact the world.

“I look forward to participating in the educational panel discussion around security and compliance,” he said. “I believe that these are important topics that every businesses – no matter their size or location – should have a good grasp on in order to be successful. Nobody is immune to financial crime and cyberattacks are inevitable – it’s all about learning how to mitigate risk and being prepared.”

If you are interested in attending, click here to register.

BC Tech Association

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