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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.

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2019-02-28 - ISSA Ottawa Feb Chapter Meeting with Live Ransomware Demonstration

February 28, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (Room 210)
200 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
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Please note that our February event will be held at the 
Ottawa Conference and event Centre, room 210.
A cash bar will be available.
Registration closes Monday February 25, 2019 at 17:00 hrs
(Registration and payment are only available online.)


Presentation - Ransomware (Including Live Demontration)

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 sample will be WannaCry -  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 (TM).

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.  See http://CyberSecurityChallenge.ca


5:30 pm - Doors open for check-in/ Networking
6:00 pm - Dinner is served along with a brief welcome
6:10 pm - Presentation
8:30 pm – End of the event



Parking:             The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre offers plenty of free parking.
Bus travellers:   You can exit the bus at the Ottawa Train Station and take the pedestrian bridge over the Queensway to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

Registration will close on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 17:00 hrs

  • All successful registrations will result in a confirmation screen and followed by a confirmation e-mail from ISSA Ottawa.  If a confirmation e-mail is NOT received, please contact registration@issa-ottawa.ca
  •   (when you pay online, don't forget to click on the "Return to Merchant" buton at the bottom, at the completion of the PayPal process)  
  • Only online registrations and payments will be accepted.


  • Member registration - for ISSA members only - please login in order to register with the ISSA Member discount
  • Non-member registration - please use the CONTINUE AS GUEST link to register
  • Please note that due to the cost of pre-ordering meals, we request a minimum of 72 hours notice for cancellation prior to the event.
  • We cannot guarantee meals for registrations at the door or within 72 hours of the event.
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  • CPE points can be recorded for attending, according to the relevant certification guidelines for CPE reporting


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