2018-02-21 ISSA OTTAWA February Chapter Meeting

February 21, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Ottawa Police Association - Russell's Lounge
141 Catherine Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1C3
Venue website

This event will be held at the Ottawa Police Association

CISSP DOMAINS: Security and Risk Management, Security Operations.

For our February event, we're trying out a new venue but we're keeping the same great content and planned an event that is not to be missed. Imran Ahmad will be visiting us from Toronto to give us the pulse of cybersecurity in Canada and local InfoSec expert Tom Levasseur will show us the innerworkings of ransomware. Come eat, drink and learn with us!

Registration closes on February 18



Witness an actual live demo of the world’s most spectacular ransomware doing its damage on a small server set up for the presentation. Watch and learn how the perpetrators prepare the attack, and how victim devices are impacted.  Follow the trail of Bitcoins as they are (barely) laundered through the system.

The past year saw the most widespread ransom attacks yet – mostly launched through exploit code stolen from the NSA.  What did we learn?  How do we defend?  And is the NSA really writing ransomware?

By seeing the ransomware in action, and using it as a case study, we can extract the relevant data to give perspective and inform our discussion on how to fight these things!  Some ransomware attacks would have been so easy to defend against, you’re going to want to cry.

Tom Levasseur


Tom Levasseur has over 20 years' experience in IT and IT Security, from system and network admin, to Global R&D IT-Security Chief at Canada’s largest high-tech company.  He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Web Application Pen Tester (GWAPT), and holds a Top Secret (Level III) security clearance.


By day, Tom is a Vulnerability Analyst and Penetration Tester for a branch of the Canadian government.  By night, he's fighting the forces of IT evil at HackingAway.org, running cyber security competitions, simulations, and training events for students, consultants, auditors and managers.



The presentation 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.

Imran AhmadBio

Imran 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.


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
7:15 pm – Tom Levasseur
8:30 pm – End of the event


$50.00 Non-ISSA members

$40.00 ISSA Member

$20.00 Student Member Ticket (must present Student card at registration desk for validation)

$25.00 Student Non-Member Ticket (must present Student card at registration desk for validation)