There’s never been a better time to be a CISO at a post-secondary institution in BC.  As cyber criminals become more adept, and as cyber threats multiply, the need for creative, inspirational, and impactful security leaders becomes even more critical. There’s never been a worse time to be a CISO at a post-secondary institution in BC. Complexities arising from headstrong faculty, students, and staff; BYOD and Shadow IT have all contributed to CISOs leaving their positions in record numbers across all sectors, not just in education. It doesn’t help that one pundit refers to them as Chief Intrusion Scapegoat Officers.

This keynote will examine the contemporary multifaceted role of the CISO, and specifically the relationship between the CISO and the Board of Governors. What do Boards expect from their CISOs? What can CISOs, in turn, expect from their Boards? Attendees will gain insights into the practical realities of engaging with Boards and Directors on cybersecurity matters and into the nuances of the modern Board-CISO relationship.

Effective cybersecurity begins with this most essential of relationships. For if the Board and CISO are aligned, the institution will follow and cybersecurity will be embedded into its culture.

Summit Speaker

Michael Parent

Professor and Academic Director, Directors Education Program, SFU

Michael Parent is a recognized expert on Corporate Governance in Canada, with a focus on cybersecurity, data privacy, and IT governance. He is a Professor at the Segal Graduate School, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, since 2002. From 2015-2017 he was a Professor and Vice-Dean at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business from 1996-2002. He was also a Senior Special Advisor to the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Government of Canada, in 2018-2019. Michael received his MBA and PhD degrees from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and qualified for the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D designation. Before becoming an academic, he spent over a decade in the high technology industry in new product development, marketing, and management. Michael is an active researcher and executive educator. He has taught programs for the federal and provincial governments in Canada, Crown Corporations, as well as a number of public and private companies and Boards. He has advised over 100 Boards on cybersecurity and governance issues. He is the Academic Director for the Vancouver cohort of the Directors’ Education Programs for Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), co-Academic Director for the Montréal cohort, Founding Academic Director of the Ottawa cohort, and teaches the IT and Cybersecurity Risk module nationally. He is also the Academic Director for the ‘Oversight of Cybersecurity in an Era of Digital Acceleration’ program, delivered nationally by the ICD.

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Technology Track

Session Format
Keynote Speaker Presentation (60 minutes)