Three Takeaways from BSides Fredericton 2017
On Tuesday, November 21, I had the pleasure of attending the first annual BSides conference held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. BSides is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY), open security conference that enables cybersecurity specialists and other industry members to connect and share ideas.
As a computer science student, this event was a great learning experience! I got the chance to hear all of the new and exciting things going on in the cybersecurity world as well as meet a few people already working in the industry.
Here are my three takeaways from Bsides Fredericton 2017.
Many pieces will have to fit together in order to complete the cybersecurity puzzle. A subject agreed to by the vast majority of the room was collaboration. A few speakers noted collaboration in their presentations including Al Dillon, Managing Director of CyberNB who stated, “Cybersecurity is a team sport”.
Employee Engagement was a part of the presentation done by Kathryn Chamberlain of Beauceron. This stood out for me because many do not know that each and every person plays a huge role in the war on cybercrime. Keeping employees engaged not only increases performance, it can also create a better environment for everyone in the workplace.
I think that the best example of workforce development came from Liam Gunton’s presentation. Liam is a grade 12 student from Caledonia Regional High School. Coached by his teacher Benjamin Kelly, Liam is a CyberTitan and is currently doing a virtual co-op with Bulletproof. I believe this type of workforce development in high schools is exactly what is needed to fill the cybersecurity skills gap.
BSides Fredericton 2017 was a very positive experience for me I hope and look forward to attending the second annual Fredericton conference in 2018.
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