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Established in 1991, the mission of the Ottawa Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is to provide a friendly, interactive environment for those with an interest in information security. Through meetings, guest speakers, discussion forums, this website and the concerted efforts of our members, we strive to accomplish this goal. These local Chapter level benefits are augmented by the advantages of membership in ISSA International which provides an e-newsletter, educational online webinars, and partnerships with other IT security organizations many of whom offer discounts to ISSA members.

All of this is aimed towards helping members be more effective in their work both technically and personally, and towards providing professional development opportunities.


ISSA Ottawa will be following the recommendations and guidelines from health officials during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result, all gatherings including meetings and events have been suspended.
We are considering holding virtual meetings until further notice.

We will provide updates in future, so please check again.

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2021-04-29 Web Meeting

April 29, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Web meeting



Given our current "stay at home" isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak,
our April meeting will consist of a web meeting from the comfort of your own home.

Please refer to the Notes section below for instructions to register for the web meeting.
Registration will close at 17:00 hrs on April 29, 2021.



Presentation - The upside-down world of High Integrity

Normally, high-security systems are all about confidentiality -- high integrity systems are relatively rare. The vast majority of government and business systems are designed by default as medium integrity systems.

High integrity system categorizations appear in safety-related systems, some financial systems, justice systems, and in rare cases, government systems.

This presentation will relay some of the surprising lessons learned and innovative solutions found in a current High Integrity Federal Government project.

Among others, topics covered will include:

  • What keeps the wings on a glider from falling off?
  • Why would you turn off the Internet?
  • What do you get when you add a teaspoon of sewage to a thousand litres of wine?
  • What we learn from mud
  • Which way is ‘Up’?
  • Why having worms is not a bad thing
  • Why Santa was right

Presenter - Hugh Ellis

Hugh Ellis is a former army officer, CSE INFOSEC and SIGINT employee, professional services company co-founder and he thinks he still owns a roller coaster. And now he is the worst of all oxymorons – an optimistic security practitioner. Having accumulated too many decades of IT/cyber security experience, he is now focusing on his personality, his good looks having fled the scene.



5:45 pm - Waiting Room open for check-in / Networking
6:00 pm - Brief welcome
6:15 pm - Presentation
(followed by Q & A)
8:30 pm – End of the event





  • CPE points can be recorded for attending, according to the relevant certification guidelines for CPE reporting.  A certificate of attendance will be sent via e-mail.