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Container Security w/ Dan Williams & Cyber Security in Canada w/ Imran Ahmad

March 29, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Ottawa Novotel - Dawn Room (3rd floor)
33 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7
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Mark your calendar once again for our ISSA Ottawa's March InfoSec Dinner. We will discuss Container Security with Dan Williams and Imran Ahmad is visting us from Toronto to talk to use about Cyber Security in Canada.

Arrive early since the evening will start with a networking session where a cash bar will be available. This event includes a plated meal to be followed with questions and discussions with the speakers.



Dan Williams

Dan Williams is the Lead Platform Architect at Swift Medical, helping them deliver the most advanced wound care management software for the healthcare enterprise. He has built applications for small startups and entire platforms for Fortune 500 companies. An avid open-source contributor Dan is working on removing the complexity of deploying clusters that are secure by default.


While Google has been running containers for approaching a decade, it wasn’t until dotCloud released docker that the rest of the industry really started to pay attention. With the explosive adoption of containers, its only a matter of time until they are proposed at your organisation.

In this presentation we will walk through what containers bring to the table over a typical virtual-machine based deployment, the Linux kernel features that container runtimes leverage, building our first container, and finally the security benefits, and pitfalls, of our containerising world.


Imran AhmadImran Ahmad is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, technology and privacy law. As part of his cybersecurity, privacy and data breach practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and informed strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He focuses on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security and data breach incident preparedness and response. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action, or a litigation.

Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada which was published in August 2017 by LexisNexis Canada.


The session will touch on the current lay of the land in Canada when it comes to cybersecurity. Additionally, it will cover the federal government’s action plan to address cybersecurity gaps and how the recently announced legislative changes will have an impact on Canadian organizations, bringing it more in line with international cybersecurity, privacy and data protection norms. The session will also look at what other jurisdictions, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia are doing in this space


5:30 pm - Doors open for check-in/ Networking
6:00 pm - Dinner is served along with a brief welcome
6:15 pm - Imran Ahmad
7:00 pm – Dan Williams
8:30 pm – End of the event


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