Micheal Ball vCISO
CyberSecurity Adviser and founder of TeamCISO with over 25 years in Infosec. Currently developing the “Virtual CISO” practice for small to mid-tier businesses, and occupying the role of vCISO in several Canadian Mid-Market organizations. Over the past 15 years Michael has helped create the Office of the CISO in two large global Insurance Companies. Michael is a regular speaker/panelist at CyberSecurity conferences across North America, and provides onsite CyberSecurity guidance across many business verticals.
Specialties: Cloud Access Security (CASB), Breach Response Planning, Securing the Industrial Internet of Things, Identity and Access Management Infrastructure and processes, Risk Management, Network Security Architecture, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing, Security Zone and PCI architecture. Security Incident and Event Management.
Mahdi Raza, CEO siberX
Mahdi Raza is the Founder of siberX, a roaming customized platform for training, events & skills development in the cybersecurity universe. siberX utilizes leading industry certifications to train and test professionals. With a team of multi-disciplinary experts, they run live simulations and war games to recreate threats, scenarios and responses faced across industries. siberX brought to Canada, the first ever EC-Council’s Global CISO Forum with 300+ CISOs, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs, and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
siberX is also brought to Canada, the first ever Global CyberLympics which is an online ethical hacking, computer network defense game, dedicated to finding the top computer network defense teams. With 75+ countries and more than 2,100 participants, Global CyberLympics was epic event in the Durham Region of Ontario, Canada. siberX also bought Canadian Women in Cybersecurity in March 2020 along with other premier events in 2020. siberX also owns ice-VR.
Mark is the Vice President of IT for Waterloo North Hydro, a power distribution company in the Waterloo Region with approximately 57k customers. Over the past ten years Mark has been working with intelligent communities, next generation wireless, fibre networks as well as IoT including utility companies and municipalities.
By playing a role in critical infrastructure from private, public, education and the utility sector Mark has gained a unique perspective of how communications technology, urban planning and artificial intelligence present an opportunity for substantial change.
Mark has been involved in a variety of early adoption projects such as outdoor wireless ISPs, smart metering roll-outs, dark fibre builds, online voting systems as well as the automation of vehicles, wastewater, electric grids and core communications infrastructure. Mark is very passionate about the process of R&D, build it before you buy it, and attempts to stay current in all things security by teaching post-secondary students.