Current Challenges in IT Security

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Date/Time
October 19, 2004
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location
McCarthy T├ętrault LLP
66 Wellington Street West, Suite 5300
Toronto, Ontario

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TOPIC

Ronan McGrath will give an informal presentation on Current Challenges in IT Security, and the changing security landscape from the CIO’s perspective.

Mary Kirwan will speak about identity theft and various forms of cyber extortion are on the rise. Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spam and spyware threaten the viability of the Internet as a trusted medium for doing business. Software vendors struggle to come to grips with the problem of buggy software, as customers demand a better response from them to an intractable problem that is impacting their bottom line. Government and regulators are concerned that critical sectors are over exposed to the threat of cyber attack, and consequently they threaten legislation if industry fails to respond.

In this talk, Ms. Mary Kirwan will discuss current challenges in IT security; why lawyers need to know more about it and what the future is likely to hold.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Ronan McGrath is President of Shared Operations and CIO at Rogers Communications. He is accountable for IT, E-Business, Customer Care, Procurement, and Real Estate across all business units. He was previously CIO and Chief Accounting Officer for CN. He is Vice Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada, a member of the Global Advisory Board for HP and the Enterprise Advisory Board for Microsoft Corporation.

Mary Kirwan is a qualified lawyer on three continents (Ireland/EU, Ontario, Canada and New South Wales Australia), a writer and IT security expert. She has taught e-security law to postgraduate law students and e-strategy to MBA students. She is an expert in e-signature and cyber security law and participated in the European body responsible for drafting technical, legal and policy requirements for the EU Directive on E- Signatures. Ms. Kirwan has provided strategic input to national governments and to a broad range of financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. She has spoken at conferences around the world and appeared on radio and TV. She writes a monthly column for the Globe and Mail (globetechnology.com) on IT Security, and has been widely quoted in the media.

COST FOR ATTENDANCE

Cost for lunch: $10 for members and students, $15 for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group.

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