SERENE-RISC Workshop 2019

On October 23rd and 24th, SERENE-RISC held its tenth workshop at the University of Ottawa (Ontario) under the theme of “ The state of Canadian cybersecurity – Raising awareness and preventing cybercrime”.

Every year, the SERENE-RISC workshop provides a space for researchers, professionals and decision-makers from industry, government and academia, to share the latest advances in Canadian cybersecurity knowledge, technologies, practices and policies. Over 150 professionals and students joined the workshop for 18 presentations. The 2019 program was organized into 5 sessions tackling major and current issues in cybersecurity: demand-driven innovation in Cyber for defence and security; election cybersecurity; innovative prevention strategies; standards and AO; updating Canada’s federal data protection legislation for the 21st Century; and finally, investigating and preventing cybercrime. A particular emphasis was placed on public awareness initiatives and cybercrime prevention. SERENE-RISC invited 22 speakers from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Military College of Canada, the University of Calgary, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, Concordia University, Carlton University, Harvard University and professionals in the field of cybersecurity.

For more information, see the detailed program.

Watch the presentations on our YouTube Channel.

This year, SERENE-RISC provided a new opportunity for students to engage with the conference. The Cyberstat Challenge invited graduate students to compete in presenting  inventive research and informative posters aimed at popularizing cybersecurity and cybercrime statistics. This contest ran parallel with the academic poster competition usually held during the workshops of SERENE-RISC. Nineteen students from different disciplines (computer science, criminology, security and Human-computer interaction) participated and presented results based on  data from Statistics Canada’s 2017 Canadian Survey of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime to an audience of cybersecurity professionals and academic experts. A further ten graduate students competed for the best academic poster. Farhan Babar, Vipul Malhotra, Mahreen Nasir from the University of Windsor won the CyberStats Challenge, and Fiona Westin from Carlton University won the academic poster competition.

Videos of the students will be available on our YouTube Channel.

This two-day workshop and networking event provided excellent occasions for students to network and create academic and professional opportunities.  

The next SERENE-RISC workshop will take place in Montreal on the 21st and 22nd of  October, 2020. More details to come on our website and social media.

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