A self-proclaimed IT security and privacy geek, in his day job Bruce works for Microsoft where is manages the Government Security Program that facilitates sharing of threat intelligence data with agencies around the world, and the Security Policy and Standards Program that governs the overarching framework for security within the company. He is also the co-founder of numerous small businesses including the Security Education Conference Toronto (SecTor.ca), and an active member of numerous security and privacy-related organizations across North America.
Bruce has held various positions across his career including working on and teaching digital forensics for law enforcement around the world, designing secure communications systems for financial services companies, and delivering security compliance audits for companies large and small.
Aside from his passion for IT, Bruce is an avid traveler, biker, scuba diver, and award-winning craft-brewer.
Session Title: Stopping the security panic
Today small businesses and their teams face many potential cybersecurity threats from lost or stolen devices, broad phishing and ransomware attacks, to nation-state-sponsored cyber warfare. However, the challenge is figuring out what you really need to pay attention to and how to avoid a panic situation when something bad happens. Digital security is in many ways no different than physical security, for example, you don’t trust just having a single lock on your door to protect your most valuable assets. And like the physical security world, there are lots of options that all come with scary sales techniques. The purpose behind this conversation is to help cut through the buzzwords and help you understand how you would approach building a digital security strategy. Most importantly this is not a technical or sales talk, but will feature lots of Q&A time to help you makes sense of it all.