Canada has taken an aggressive cybersecurity stance in the past few years, with the creation of the Cyber Centre and passage of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). While these are strong steps to defend Canadians from cyber threats, the threat actors are evolving just as...
Imran Ahmad is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a specialization in technology, cybersecurity and privacy law. As part of his cybersecurity practice, he works closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He advises on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security, and data breach incident preparedness and response. In addition, Ahmad acts as "breach counsel" in the event of a cybersecurity incident, such as a data or privacy breach. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation. He is the author of Canada's first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management (LexisNexis, August 2017). He advises on licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as on other commercial matters with respect to carrying on business over the internet, the cloud and the digital environment. In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and
enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance
Director, Americas International Engineering, Check Point Software
Robert Falzon currently serves as the Head of Engineering within the office of the CTO for Check Point Software Technologies Inc., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. His background includes over 20 years of experience in large-scale network security architecture, design, and deployment projects for government and business organizations spanning the globe. Falzon and his team are responsible for educating the market on the latest cyber security trends. Other past responsibilities have included operational, management, and developmental duties for major accounts within EDS Canada's network security team, and lead engineer for many major European Telco accounts with Alcatel in Paris France. While with Alcatel, Falzon worked to assist those accounts in moving to emerging voice technologies while maintaining a focus on security. After obtaining his CISSP certification, he went on to provide security process and audit/penetration testing training to major financial and energy customers within Europe and the Middle East, in addition to providing audit and penetration testing and consulting services to customers worldwide.
Partner, Commercial Litigation, Fraud and Cybersecurity Practice, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto
Ruth Promislow practices commercial litigation with a strong focus on commercial crime, including cybersecurity, Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, employee fraud and anti-money laundering. She has extensive experience with recovery issues relating to commercial crime, including receiverships, tracing, freezing and recovering proceeds of crime. Promislow oversees and conducts internal investigations for clients, working with internal and external auditors and works with clients to develop and implement comprehensive and effective action plans following a cybersecurity or other fraudulent attack, and also advises on steps to prevent against such attacks.