CIOCAN Announces a Specialty Division for Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)

CIOCAN Announces a Specialty Division for Chief Information Security Officers (CISO)


For Immediate Release

TORONTO, ON., March 20, 2017  – The Board of Directors of the CIO Association of Canada is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with representatives of the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) community that will foster collaboration and cooperation on areas of mutual interest, and allow CISOs to benefit from the association infrastructure developed by CIOCAN over the past 12 years. 

The CISO Division will offer significant value-added benefits to its members through increased access to a professional network and active engagement in knowledge translation. Through joint activities with their CIO counterparts, both parties will benefit from ideas exchange and innovative best practices.  Professional development opportunities will also be available through the CISO Division. 

The CISO Specialty Division will:

  1. Establish a forum where Canadian CISOs can network, share ideas and learn from each other.
  2. Identify a primary, common destination for CISOs and security leaders to congregate and participate in strategic initiatives such as common benchmarking and metrics definitions.
  3. Allow CISO’s to participate in strategic discussions and information sharing with CIO members.  

Humza Teherany, CIOCAN President welcomed the new partnership, commenting that “CIOCAN is very excited to welcome the CISO community.  Cyber-security is at the forefront of CIO’s minds and by establishing a Division within CIOCAN for CISO’s, it becomes a win-win for both CIO’s and CISO’s“.

Steve Biswanger, representing the CISO community, acknowledged the support and the opportunities that this agreement offers to the emerging network of IT security executives:  “The creation of the CISO division within CIOCAN, establishes a place for Canadian CISOs to share ideas and collaborate on specific initiatives to benefit the group and the community at large. This trusted forum will bring greater cyber security awareness to the CIO membership and help CISOs understand what will make their CIO leaders successful.

This strategic initiative paves the way for these two groups of professionals to strengthen digital innovation and security within Canadian enterprises.



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