CISO National Canada Virtual Panel

January 20, 2022

XDR and Zero Trust and What This Means For You

As the sophistication of cyberattacks evolves and the stakes continue to rise, cybersecurity teams face the same challenges they always have: discerning security data, detecting threats, orchestrating cyber response, and overcoming the cyber skills gap. Lately it seems that no one is too small to avoid notice from cyber attackers, and that the time to detect and shut down threats is ever narrowing. XDR and Zero Trust are new buzzwords, with vendors and analysts alike touting these as the way of the future for security operations – but what do they really mean, and what do these approaches and tools offer?

Join IBM Cybersecurity Architect Vivienne Suen as she breaks down the meaning of XDR and Zero Trust, the challenges facing security teams, and how to take advantage of emerging technologies and pragmatic new approaches.

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Speakers Include...

Vivienne Suen
Cybersecurity Architect, CCSP
IBM Security

Nicolas Buache
University of Ottawa

Tracy Dallaire
Director Information Security
McMaster University

Fritz Jean Louis
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
The Globe And Mail

Khalid Walid Akawi
Director Technology Risk and Controls

Speaker: Vivienne Suen, Cybersecurity Architect, CCSP, IBM Security

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Vivienne Suen is a cybersecurity architect with a passion for storytelling and over 15 years’ experience advising IBM customers on IT solutions and strategy. A featured speaker at numerous conferences and user groups, she thrives on demystifying the complexities of cybersecurity and designing practical solutions to meet clients’ security needs. As an unabashed technology optimist with a passion for music, Vivienne is a strong believer in nurturing diverse viewpoints, creating new connections, and a well-crafted analogy. She lives in Montreal with her husband and son.

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3:10pm-3:20pm (EST)

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3:20pm-4:00pm (EST)

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