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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is internationally recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness and learn more about the importance of cybersecurity. In 2022 BCIT is partnering with Burnaby RCMP to raise cyber awareness across our community and beyond. We have planned a series of exciting and fun events, both in-person and virtual, as part the annual BCIT Be Cyber Aware Campaign.

What’s new this year?

  • Guest speaker on Cybercrime Awareness
    We are thrilled to welcome, a well-respected community leader, Superintendent Sunny Parmar from the Burnaby RCMP as our guest speaker. Supt. Parmar will kick start the campaign on October 4 (9:00 am – 10:00 am) in Town Square A/B, Burnaby Campus. This event will be the first of a series of events for the month of October.
    Supt. Parmar brings over 25 years of diverse policing leadership experience at the local, provincial, and national levels. He has extensive experience with emergency planning, risk management, community service delivery, conducting and managing criminal investigations. He has special interests in cybercrime investigations and is also a skilled digital forensics analyst. Supt. Parmar is also an accredited Gold Commander in Public Order and Crowd Management.
  • Learn more about MFA (multi-factor authentication)
    As you are aware, BCIT is launching multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all staff and faculty on September 28. MFA helps mitigate the increasing risk presented to the community by cyberthreats. Information sessions are available to help you learn more about MFA, including instructions on setting-up your device or to request a fob.
  • Refreshed website and exciting lineup of events:
    We are excited to share the refreshed Be Cyber Aware website, which now offers additional awareness topics. Be Cyber Aware is BCIT’s institute-wide campaign that is focused on building a culture of cyber awareness within our community, as well as knowledge for faculty, staff, and students to help keep data and privacy secure at home and at BCIT.Events and guests featured in this year’s Be Cyber Aware campaign include:

Topic

Date

Format

Sponsor

Cybercrime Awareness (Guest Speaker)

Oct 4

Town Square A/B + Live Stream

Burnaby RCMP

Fraud Awareness and Privacy Breach Response

Oct 12

Zoom delivery only

ERIA and Privacy Office

Ransomware Awareness

Oct 19

Zoom delivery only

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Gamification: Learning Cyber Hygiene

Oct 27

Town Square A

Cyber Security Office

Each session will end with a prize draw, make sure to register for a chance to win some great prizes. On the final day we’ll also be drawing one grand prize towards a winner attending all four events. Attendees will also receive a certificate of attendance after completing all four sessions.

Thank you for your continued efforts to improve cyber security at BCIT and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Cyber Awareness events.

Contact Be Cyber Aware

If you have any questions or would like more information on the Be Cyber Aware campaign, contact: becyberaware@bcit.ca

BCIT co-hosts the Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit 2022

The world is at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will fundamentally alter the way people work, live, and play as we accelerate the move towards digital platforms. In understanding the impact of technologies and innovation on privacy and security, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Northeastern University – Vancouver (Northeastern) co-hosted the Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit (VIPSS) in Vancouver on March 9-11, 2022.

“Digital transformation continues to be a shared journey for the world and requires a collaborative effort to inspire innovative and global progress,” said Steve Wilson, BCIT Centre for Digital Transformation. “The Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit serves as a catalyst in bringing BCIT, Northeastern, industry, and government experts together to tackle complex problems and reimagine the future.”

A hybrid event for security and privacy professionals from around the world

From live streaming keynotes to virtual and in-person collaborative sessions, the three-day VIPSS Summit offers a virtual and in-person experience for all delegates. With over 1,000 international subject matter experts from government, private sector, and academia in attendance, topics of discussion include the impacts of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, e-commerce, bioethics, facial recognition, blockchain, crypto currencies, data governance, digital health, hybrid workplace, cyber resilience, metaverse, mobile security, smart campus, digital transformation, and other innovation in the field.

BCIT security and privacy experts to speak at the Summit

Some of the Institute’s very own subject matter experts, including Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academic, spoke at the Summit, offering leading-edge insights.

Steve Wilson, Director, BCIT Centre for Digital Transformation and Smart Campus Initiatives, participated in the VIPSS Education Sector Day Sessions.

Educational leadership in the new era of digital innovation. Offered in virtual interactive sessions online, we have special guests from Northeastern University, BCIT, and ISACA Vancouver, all with the single objective of participating in conversation that might generate new ideas around improving the flow of BC’s cyber talent into the workforce. Whether you are a student in search of a career, or a seasoned veteran looking to mentor someone, or an industry observer looking for the discourse needed to bring more qualified cybersecurity professionals to bear against one of modern society’s biggest pains today.

Sunny Jassal, Director, Cyber Security at BCIT, participated in a panel on The New Hybrid Workplace.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and in some cases mandated that organizations and government work from home. The shift may rival workplace transformations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The rapid shift to work at home was enabled by preconditions. Broadband services allow for document downloads and videoconferencing and remote work seems both normal and acceptable. Major challenges lie ahead. Are we prepared to provide the security and privacy needed in the work at home environment?

Organizations of all sizes, from all industries, rely heavily on cloud computing to operate. The massive shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased this reliance. In fact, a sector built around fables of industry “disruption” has enabled many to maintain constancy, connection, and business continuity–and afford some enterprises new opportunities.

How can advances in computing power, networking, AI and devices help businesses, governments, and citizens thrive in a world that has been disrupted?

Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President Academic, BCIT, and Steve Eccles, Regional CEO and Dean, Northeastern University Vancouver, provided the Title Sponsor Keynote Address: Working in partnership towards educational leadership in the New Era of Digital innovation.

In the new era of digital innovation and lifelong learning, it has become more important than ever to provide educational opportunities with unlimited pathways for students to ensure they achieve their educational career goals. During this presentation will discuss the recent partnership MoU between the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Northeastern University – Vancouver, and demonstrate how educational partnerships like this can be used to advance research and innovation in British Columbia and, build stronger futureproof communities.

Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit 2021

BCIT was the title sponsor for the first annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit, held May 5-7, 2021, Vancouver, BC.

The Summit offered a platform for over 1000 security and privacy professionals from around the world to discuss important issues on how we securely live, work, and play as the move to digital platforms accelerates.

Presented by Reboot Communications in partnership with ISACA Vancouver, this three-day summit provided essential education, training and opportunities for individuals responsible for the transformation of the public and private sector into the new digital economy.

Building Canada’s cybersecurity talent: BCIT partners with EC-Council Canada and Circadence

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has partnered with EC-Council Canada and Circadence to develop a strong and resilient workforce equipped to solve cybersecurity challenges.

EC-Council is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body while Circadence is experienced in delivering cyber training and education across diverse sectors, making for a unique partnership that allows BCIT to collaborate with leading industry experts in developing an applied and cutting-edge cybersecurity curriculum to prepare students for a career in the industry.

This partnership will enable BCIT students to access to cybersecurity resources and networking opportunities such as:

  • Discounted EC-Council learning resources and automatic certification exam eligibility.
  • Free registration to the world’s first global hacking competition CyberLympics and the Hacker Halted Cybersecurity Conference.
  • Access to the EC-Council global community of cybersecurity professionals and learners.
  • Access to Circadence cyber-ranges – a hands-on cyber learning environment that simulates on-the-job experience.

As a leader in delivering future-proof, applied education through collaboration with industry, BCIT equips graduates with skills and knowledge needed to support a spectrum of cybersecurity roles across industries. BCIT offers a number of programs – from Computing to Forensics, and more – to pave the path for an in-demand and dynamic career in the field of cybersecurity. Explore cybersecurity-related programs available at BCIT, including options from Part-time Studies.