It’s no secret that cybersecurity skills are some of the most sought after in today’s job market. But what exactly are cybersecurity skills? Is a technical background required to find work in this field? How do evolving technologies, social changes, and altering economic and geopolitical landscapes factor in to the work that cybersecurity professionals do?  

Join a panel of cybersecurity leaders from a variety of BC higher education institutes as we share our thoughts about the answers to these questions. More importantly, bring questions; let’s talk, and maybe you’ll find yourself considering unexpected opportunities!

LARRY CARSON Summit 2023

Larry Carson

Associate Director, Information Security Management, University of British Columbia

Larry Carson is the Associate Director, Information Security Management at UBC and is the subject matter expert for cybersecurity at the university where he focuses on incident response, prevention and policy for the institution. He is a strong believer that cybersecurity is meant to act as an enabler to help facilitate better business processes & competence through properly secured & protected data assets. He sees the future of cybersecurity being tightly intertwined with data science (analytics & SIEM) and threat intelligence. Larry fosters a firm belief that industry standard cybersecurity best practices can be successful in Higher Ed.

Dave Kubert

Dave Kubert

Chief Information Security Officer, University of Northern British Columbia

Dave is the chief information security officer for the University of Northern British Columbia. He’s spent his career in academia working in Unix systems administration, network engineering, and software development before finally surrendering the last vestiges of his soul and moving into information security. Dave’s professional interests include redefining the role of information security in organizational structures, risk governance, walking a fine line, and being in over his head.

Summit Speaker

Maleena Singh

Director of Cyber Security, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Robert Ball

Robert Ball

Director Information Security, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Summit Speaker

Zoe Armer

Program Manager - Cybersecurity, UBC

Zoë Armer is the Program Manager, Cybersecurity, at UBC. With over 25 years of IT experience, Zoë has been with UBC since 2012 and in Cybersecurity since 2016.

Zoë’s portfolio covers the “non-tech” side of Cybersecurity, including Program, Project, Portfolio Management for all Cybersecurity Projects at UBC, along with Communications & Engagement. Zoë believes passionately in the people side of cybersecurity, and shifting the culture at UBC to one where cybersecurity hygiene and good practice comes naturally and is seen as everyone’s responsibility.   

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Session Recording

Technology Track

Session Format
Multi-Campus Panel Discussion (45 mins)