Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Dorit Dor

Dr. Dorit Dor

Vice President, Products for Check Point Software Technologies

Dr. Dorit Dor serves as Vice President, Products for Check Point Software Technologies. She manages all product definition and development functions for both the enterprise and consumer divisions of the Company. Dr. Dor’s core responsibilities include leading the company’s product management, research and development and quality assurance initiatives from concept to delivery. She has been instrumental to the organization’s growth and managed many successful product releases. She has been published in several influential scientific journals for her research on graph decomposition, median selection and geometric pattern matching in d-dimensional space.
Moshe Toledano

Moshe Toledano

CISO and Director of Cyber Security at Hydro Québec

Mr. Moshe Toledano was named CISO and Director of Cyber Security at Hydro Québec in April 2020. In this role, he leads the company’s cybersecurity activities. He has more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience in various companies, including more than 13 years with Deloitte. Prior to joining Hydro-Québec, Mr. Toledano was Director of Cyber Security at Domtar where he supported IT management by deploying security incident management processes while improving the company’s security operations. Mr. Toledano holds a Master of Business Management (MBA) and a BA in Applied Social Sciences from Concordia University. In 2005, he completed a certificate in professional information and security system at ISC2.

Speakers

Ron Bennatan

Ron Bennatan

SVP & GM, Data Security Imperva

Ron joined Imperva through the acquisition of jSonar where he served as CTO and co-founder. He has been a “data security guy” for 25 years and has worked at companies such as J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Intel, IBM and AT&T Bell Labs. He was co-founder and CTO at Guardium which was acquired by IBM where he later served as a Distinguished Engineer and the CTO for Data Security and Governance. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and has authored 11 technical books. Previous Speaking Experience: Ron has spoken at the Nashville Cybersecurity Summit; Brightalk Virtual fireside chat: The state of data security; and CyberSummit USA.
Maurice Côté

Maurice Côté

VP Business Solutions at Devolutions

Maurice brings more than 15 years of IT experience to the Devolutions team. For 12 years he served as an avionics technician and instructor in the Canadian Army. He has also worked as a system/network/database IT administrator, solution architect, a team manager, and he has successfully completed several projects for world renowned organizations in the medical industry and in the online marketing field. As Devolutions’ Business Architect, Maurice leads and manages our development team on every project. His world class team management experience elevates our development structure to the next level.
Vicky Desjardins

Vicky Desjardins

PhD student, School of Criminology at the University of Montreal

Vicky Desjardins is a Ph.D student at the School of Criminology at the University of Montreal. Vicky focuses in her thesis on the coevolution of cyberattacks and countermeasures. Her thesis project includes using game theory principales to analyze the coevolution of mains cyberattacks and countermeasure employed. She is also working on identifying patterns of collusions in public contracts and previously worked on identifying offline strategies of contact sex solicitors. Her research interests lay in risk assessment and cybersecurity.

Maria-Jose Erquiaga

Maria-Jose Erquiaga

Researcher at the Stratosphere laboratory at the CVUT

Maria Jose Erquiaga is a malware researcher from Argentina. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Stratosphere laboratory at the CVUT, in Prague, Czech Republic and as a team leader of the Aposemat project, a joint project between the Stratosphere laboratory and Avast. Maria’s work has been focused on executing and analysing malware. Maria joined the Cognitive Intelligence team of Cisco Systems as a junior threat researcher in April 2021. Maria has spoken at CACIC, ArgenCon, SIGCOMM, BotConf, WACCO, NotPink, Defcon, BlackHat and Ekoparty.

Sebastian Garcia

Sebastian Garcia

Network malware researcher and Assistant Professor

Sebastian Garcia is a network malware researcher and Assistant Professor that has extensive experience in machine learning applied to network traffic. He created the Stratosphere IPS project, a machine learning-based, free software IPS to protect the civil society. He likes to analyze network patterns and attacks with machine learning. As a researcher in the AIC group of Czech Technical University in Prague, he believes that free software and machine learning tools can help better protect users from abuse of their digital rights. He has been teaching in several countries and Universities and working on penetration testing for both corporations and governments. He was lucky enough to speak at Ekoparty, DeepSec, Hacktivity, Botconf, Hacklu, InBot, SecuritySessions, ECAI, CitizenLab, ArgenCon, Free Software Foundation Europe, VirusBulletin, BSides Vienna, HITB Singapore, CACIC, etc. As a co-founder of the MatesLab hackspace he is a free software advocate that worked on honeypots, malware detection, distributed scanning (dnmap) keystroke dynamics, Bluetooth analysis, privacy protection, intruder detection, robotics, microphone detection with SDR (Salamandra) and biohacking.

Chris Hills

Chris Hills

Deputy CTO & CISO, BeyondTrust

Christopher Hills has 15+ years’ experience as a Senior Security and Architecture Engineer operating in highly sensitive environments. Chris started with BeyondTrust after his most recent role leading a Privileged Access Management (PAM) team as a Technical Director within a Fortune 500 organization. In his current position, he has responsibilities as a Senior Solutions Architect consulting on PAM implementations and reports to the Office of the CTO/CISO as an acting Deputy.

Sam Kumarsamy

Sam Kumarsamy

Senior Director and Head of Product Marketing

Sam Kumarsamy brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and business development at MobileIron, Gigamon, Infoblox, Blue Coat, Check Point, Cisco, Citrix, E&Y as well as successful VC-funded security and networking startups. Currently, he is the Senior Director/Head of Product Marketing at Remediant responsible for GTM strategy and marketing of their privileged access management (PAM) solution. He has defined, launched, promoted and sold several disruptive products, services and solutions globally, both directly to customers as well as through channels. Sam has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from India and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Sebastien Lapointe

Sebastien Lapointe

Business information security officer, Desjardins group

Sébastien Lapointe recently joined the Desjardins Group in a new role as the business information security officer (BISO) of IT. A financial cooperative that manages $229 billion requires uncompromising security and in his role one Sebastien’s main responsibility is to implement the security operating model for the IT business sector. Prior to that, he was working for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) as the Chief Architecture and Information Security Officer where he leads a multidisciplinary team of experts specialized in IT and OT technology. Sebastien has over 20 years of experience in the field of information security and risk management. His career started in the public sector working for the government of Canada as an IT security analyst. Strong from this experience he tackled the consulting business working with big IT firms and financial institutions. His work was mainly focused on building IT security architecture and IT security threat and risk assessments. He also co-founded CyberAction Canada a non-profit organization seeking to provide research and awareness on the secure usage of information and communication technology to protect the dignity and the personal integrity of children on the Internet. He holds multiple security certifications and a Specialized Graduate Diploma in IT governance, audit and security from Sherbrooke University.
Chloé Messdaghi

Chloé Messdaghi

Award-winning changemaker & Cofounder of We Open Tech

Chloé Messdaghi is an award-winning changemaker who is innovating tech and information security sectors to meet today and tomorrow demands. For over 10 years, she has accelerated startups through solutions that empower organizations and people to stand out from the security & tech crowd. She is an international keynote speaker at major security and tech conferences and events, and serves as a trusted source for national and sector reporters and editors, such as Forbes and Business Insider. Additionally, she is one of the Business Insider’s 50 Power Players of Cybersecurity, a SC Magazine honoree, Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year, and Cybersecurity Women of the Year by Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Outside of her work, she is the co-founder of Hacking is NOT a Crime and We Open Tech. She holds a Master of Science from The University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Relations from University of California, Davis, as well as executive education certificates from Wharton and Cornell.
Masarah Paquet-Clouston

Masarah Paquet-Clouston

Security Researcher at GoSecure

Masarah Paquet-Clouston is a PhD candidate in criminology, a security researcher at GoSecure and a collaborator of the Stratosphere IPS project. She is also part of the outreach committee for the NorthSec organization. With her background in economics, criminology, and now cybersecurity, she specializes in the study of online economic crime. She presented at various international conferences including Black Hat USA, DEFCON, RSA, CERT-EU, Sector, NorthSec, and Virus Bulletin.
Serge-Olivier Paquette

Serge-Olivier Paquette

Senior manager of data science at Secureworks

Serge-Olivier Paquette is the senior manager of data science at Secureworks. His research focuses on the ability to infer, through machine learning, the context of security events from incomplete information. He also serves as President for Northsec, a non-profit organization that hosts a series of world-class technical cyber security events, held annually in Montreal.

Aparna Rayasam

Aparna Rayasam

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Security, Akamai Technologies

Aparna Rayasam, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Application Security, is responsible for Akamai’s Application Security business within the Security Technology Group. She is responsible for leading product management, business development, engineering, research, data science, and operations for Akamai’s Application Security portfolio. Previously, she served as Vice President, Web Security Engineering, where she was responsible for all research and development of Akamai’s web security portfolio. In her career at Akamai, she has held several engineering and product leadership roles and was responsible for the development and launch of several Akamai products, including Akamai’s award-winning web application firewall, Kona Site Defender, Client Reputation, and Bot Manager. Prior to joining Akamai in 2006, she held several engineering leadership roles at Oracle and Adobe. Rayasam holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information Science from Bangalore University, India. She has also participated in several executive education programs at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a board member of several nonprofit organizations in the Boston metropolitan area.

David Ott

David Ott

Senior Staff Researcher and Academic Program Director within VMware Research

David Ott is a Senior Staff Researcher and Academic Program Director within VMware Research. VMware’s Academic Program is the external research arm of VMware, bringing together top academic researchers and company technical leaders to better understand disruptive technology trends and to explore new areas of innovation. Ott works on a range of topics at the intersection of security and systems and is a Ph.D. graduate in computer science from UNC Chapel Hill. He has spoken at the International Cryptographic Module Conference; Northeastern University Khoury College of Computer Science Speaker Series; Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research; the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) virtual workshop on Considerations in Migrating to Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithms and RSA Conference.
Suzie Smibert

Suzie Smibert

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer for Ovare Group

Suzie Smibert is a technology and transformation executive with nearly 20 years of experience. Her strengths are an excellent ability to build diverse teams and create cultures that are inclusive and high performance driven. She has experience in mining, energy, defense, oil and gas, technology, management consulting, agricultural, chemical, ventures, marketing and financial industry. She is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Technology Officer for Ovare Group, a holding company based in Los Angeles. She oversees the entirety of the technology portfolio, including data, digital and privacy. Previously, Smibert served as the CISO and global director of enterprise architecture for Finning International, a global industrial company, and Agrium (now Nutrien), a global Ag and Chemical enterprise. Smibert sits on the advisory board of the global CXO Summit and is involved in numerous STEM and inclusion and diversity programs. She mentor students, early career as well as seasoned individuals. Smibert’s recent accomplishments include recognition as the most impactful CISO voted by peers at the global CISO summit in 2019 and CISO of the year, enterprise category 2019 by ISACA. Smibert holds a Master of Business Administration and is a long-time holder of the CISSP certification.
Traian Toma

Traian Toma

Master’s student, School of Criminology at the University of Montreal

Traian Toma is a master’s candidate in criminology at the at the University of Montreal. During his schooling, he developed a keen interest in studying the link between classical criminological theories and cybercrime/cybersecurity issues. Today, the majority of his projects attempt to combine theoretical innovation in criminology with social utility for cybersecurity practitioners. Based on ideas typically reserved for cognitive sciences, he was able to propose several avenues of intervention to prevent, detect and respond to the compromise of identities within Desjardins Group.