Preliminary program - 2020 Annual Workshop

The Smart Cybersecurity Network (Serene-risc) 2020 Annual Workshop brings together researchers, professionals and decision-makers from industry, government and academia to discuss the latest advances in Canadian cybersecurity knowledge, technologies, practices and policies.
The focus this year is on human-centric cybersecurity, understood as the multiple roles played by the human-factor in cybersecurity processes and outcomes. We want to explore how innovative awareness campaigns and cybercrime prevention initiatives enhance the effectiveness of cybersecurity policies.

The event will take place online on October 21-22, 2020.

Keynote speakers

  • Tejaswini HerathAssociate Professor of Information Systems at Brock University


  • Michael McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey, UK


Detailed information available soon.

Confirmed Speakers

Below is the list of speakers selected and confirmed for the 2020 Annual Workshop Call for Papers. This list will be updated in the coming weeks.


  • Decentralized Finance: Landscape and Future Directions

Jeremy Clark - Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Associate professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering

  • The current status of post-quantum cryptography

Douglas Stebila - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

Associate Professor of cryptography in the Department of Combinatorics & Optimization

  • Is Persistence the key to offline contact: Identification of the online sex solicitors’ strategies associated with offline contact in their discourse

Vicky Desjardins - Univeristé de Montréal - Montréal, Canada

Ph.D. student in Criminology

  • Cybersecurity Communications Strategies

Sky Marsen - Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Senior lecturer at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

  • Blockchain-based Personal Health Records and Health Data Sharing:
    Are Patients Ready?

Victoria Lemieux - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Information and Founder and Co-Lead of Blockchain@UBC

  • Understanding the approach of Canada towards online disinformation: confronting, blocking, naturalising or ignoring?

Sofia Martins Geraldes - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Estudos Internacionais, Lisboa, Portugal

PhD student in History, Security and Defence Studies

  • Assessing the Gendered Impact of Internet Shutdowns

Sarah Shoker - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in political science

  • Topological Data Analysis for Ransomware Detection on the Bitcoin Blockchain

Cuneyt Akcora - University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Statistics

  • Synthetic Data Generation and Evaluation

Duc-Phong Le - Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, Fredericton, Canada

Research Fellow and Research Team Lead at the CIC at the University of New Brunswick

  • Multi-modal Fusion for Online Users Behavior Recognition

Sanjida Nasreen Tumpa - University of Calgary

M.Sc. in Computer Science

Marina L. Gavrilova - University of Calgary

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary and co-director of the Biometric Technologies Laboratory

  • The Influence of Status Quo Bias on Novice Users' Security Decisions: An Empirical Analysis

Amir Fard Bahreini - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Ph.D. student in Management Information Systems at the Sauder School of Business

  • Internet of Things Security: What Does “Best Practice” Actually Mean?

Christopher Bellman - Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

PhD student in security and privacy for the Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Protecting Against Identity Theft: Victims’ Perspectives

Dylan Reynolds - University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

PhD Student in Sociology

  • Practical Challenges of Applying Machine Learning in Cybersecurity

Sherif Saad - University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada

Assistant professor of cybersecurity and founder of the Windsor Advanced Security and Privacy research lab

  • User Perceptions of Security Risks Related to Contact Tracing Technologies

Hervé Saint-Louis - Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Canada

Assistant professor of emerging media

  • The Impact of Cybercrime on Canadian Businesses in 2019

Howard Bilodeau - Statistics Canada

Economist at Statistics Canada

  • The challenges facing officers in cybercrime prevention : identifying the needs of a local law enforcement agency

Adeline Veyrinas - Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Master student in criminology at the Université de Montréal

  • Investigating the impact of the privacy paradox on end-user adoption for emerging and mature IoT devices: working towards a comparative study

Dane Vanderkooi - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Research Assistant with The Cybersecurity Research Lab at Ryerson University

  • The Privacy Calculus from Within: An Internal Calculus for Privacy Concerns

Ryan William Kennedy - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Research Assistant with The Cybersecurity Research Lab at Ryerson University

  • Privacy Threats in the Context of Intimate Relationships: Sociotechnical Vulnerabilities in Canada's Legal System

Yuan Stevens - Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Policy Lead on Technology, Cybersecurity & Democracy at Ryerson Leadership Lab

  • Analyzing Encrypted Traffic – security and privacy issues in Remote Desktop Protocol

Lucas Lapczyk - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Security Engineer at Queen’s University, Center for Advanced Computing

  • Personality Trait Recognition in Online Social Networks for Cybersecurity

Pavan Kumar K. N. - University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

PosteTeaching Assistant in the Department of Computer Science

Marina L. Gavrilova - University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary and co-director of the Biometric Technologies Laboratory

Poster presentations:

  • Conspiracy Theories in Times of Pandemics: Risks and Disinformation

Hervé Saint-Louis - Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Canada

Assistant professor of emerging media

  • Security for Quantum Networks

Salini Karuvade - University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Ph.D stucent in Physics

Barry C. Sanders - University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Director of the Institute for Quantum Science and Technology (Calgary) and Distinguished Chair at the University of Science and Technology of China.

  • Health data privacy in the field of cybersecurity

Jenny Bicong Ge - Ryerson University

Masters of Arts Candidate, Public Policy and Administration

  • “Emics and Etics” of Usable Security: Culturally Specific or Culturally Universal?

Aniqa Alam - Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

MCS in HCI Student in the SPIRL Lab at Carleton University