What you Need to Know About Digital Communications and Privacy


An Update on CASL Enforcement, Mandatory Breach Notification, and the EU’s GDPR. CIOCAL Session September 21, 2017 Martin Kratz, QC, FCIPS and Partner with Bennett Jones, shared his recent experiences and insights on three aspects of privacy regulations and legislation: 1.    Recent court and CRTC decisions associated with Canada’s Anti-Spam legislation (CASL).  He provided several …

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Digital Privacy Presentation to CIOCAL, Sep 21, 2017


Martin Kratz, QC, FCIPS and Partner with Bennett Jones LLP, shared his recent experiences and insights on three aspects of privacy regulations.  Members can download the slides from the presentation by clicking the icon below. 

What is Cyber Security Certification Worth?


  There have been a lot of interesting reactions to the Equifax data breach. One of the most interesting for me is criticism of the Equifax CISO’s lack of technical or Cyber Security education. She does have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music composition as well as a resume that shows a work history at …

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Developing Cybersecurity Talent


Two colleagues from two different organizations recently shared ‘tales of woe’ from their failed cyber security talent searches. We have all read articles in the last year or two that have been predicting a shortage of skilled cyber security talent.  Are we really beginning to experience that predicted shortage so soon? According to Indeed Spotlight: …

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Is Ransomware Unique, or Just Another IT Problem?


  If you believe the news*, ransomware is the biggest cyberthreat to businesses today. “A company is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds”, “6 in 10 malware payloads were ransomware in Q1 2017”, “The average ransom demand has risen to $1,077”.  Every vendor has a ransomware solution and companies are tripping over themselves to implement …

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CIOCAN is 20 Years Young


      by Catherine Boivie Founder and Honorary Life Member, ​CIO Association of Canada   In 1996 Catherine Boivie moved from Toronto to Vancouver to take up the position of Director of IT at BCAA. In her first few weeks there, she found herself calling CIOs she knew in Toronto to exchange information and …

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ITAC Talent: Programs and Resources Available


ITAC Talent is involved with the Student Workplace Integrated Program (Career Ready) that identifies small/medium companies to receive wage subsidy for co-op placements.  While the program is currently operating in four universities in Ontario, it will be extended to BC, Quebec, NB, and NS next year.  Companies taking advantage of this program  can receive up to …

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Volunteer Opportunity: Join WeRead Community to share your insights with ITWC


IT World Canada is facilitating a group of senior IT leaders who will use their ‘WeRead’ app to identify the most valuable articles available in the “sea of content that washes through our lives on a daily basis”.  WeRead is a peer-to-peer curation tool developed by ITWC that will allow a closed group of thought leaders to …

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Once More Into the Breach – Jeff Stark at CIOTOR event Sep 11, 2017


The Toronto Chapter was pleased to work with the US Department of Trade and the US Consulate General in Toronto, on an event that brought together Association members, a delegation of American business leaders, and representatives of other Canadian industries to create a platform to exchange ideas about cutting edge cyber security technologies.   The opening session …

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IDC and CIOCAN Partner on Top Executive Survey


CIOCAN partner IDC Canada has been conducting their Annual Top Executive Survey for 20 years. For many of those years, the CIO Association of Canada has made an important contribution to this research, with significant numbers of our members providing the data. Recognizing the value of the partnership, IDC provides resources for a national webinar …

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CIO Association announces New Toronto Chapter President


At the September 7th meeting of the Toronto Chapter Board of the CIO Association of Canada, Sherif Sheta stepped into the position of President. Sherif has served the board for eight years, originally as treasurer, then leading the membership portfolio and most recently holding the Vice-President position.   Gary Davenport, Past-President of the National Board, noted …

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Finalists Announced for 2017 Ingenious Awards


Celebration of Excellence in the Use of Information and Communication Technology The Information and Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) has announced the finalists for the key categories of the 2017 Ingenious Awards recognizing Canadian companies that are turning great ideas into products and services to solve problems, improve performance, introduce new services and grow their …

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