David Mirza Ahmad


David has over 10 years experience in the information security business. He started his professional life as a founding member of Security Focus, which was acquired by Symantec in 2002. David also moderated the Bugtraq mailing list, a historically important forum for discussion of security vulnerabilities, for over four years. He has spoken at Black Hat, Can Sec West, AusCERT and numerous other security conferences, as well as made contributions to books, magazines and other publications. David also participated in a NIAC working group on behalf of Symantec to develop the first version of the CVSS (Common Vulnerability Scoring System) model and served as editor for the Attack Trends section of IEEE Security & Privacy for over three years. His current passion is building Subgraph, a Montreal-based open source security start-up.

Dave Aitel

Founder and CEO
Immunity Inc.

The Founder and CEO of Immunity, Dave Aitel, was a consultant with @stake and a research scientist with the National Security Agency. Dave’s background lies in Linux and Unix systems. His focus changed to Windows exploitation after founding Immunity, and in more recent years has expanded to include web applications and engine development for CANVAS such as MOSDEF, the engine’s C compiler. Dave continues to write CANVAS exploits and conduct security research while leading the technical team and product and service direction at Immunity. He oversees all technical projects at Immunity.

Chris Anderson


Chris is a senior IT Governance, Risk, Assurance and Compliance professional with thirty years of assurance and advisory services experience helping a wide range of clients understand and manage their business and information risks and increase the value of their IT assets within the business. From 2003 to 2013, Chris was a Partner at Grant Thornton LLP leading the Business Risk Services (BRS) practice in Toronto and Information Security services across Canada. From 1983 to 2002, Chris was a staff member, manager, then Partner at Ernst & Young.

Chris has continually developed and enhanced his information security advisory and assurance skills ‘on the job’ as well as by participating and contributing to the development of the professional information security community by providing leadership to industry associations such as ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) and ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association), and making significant contributions to the development of information security advisory and assurance delivery methodologies and tools for both Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton. Chris is a member of the CICA Information Management and Technology Advisory Committee (IMTAC) and was recently made Vice-Chair of this Committee.

Dean De Beer

Co-founder and CTO

Dean is co-founder and CTO of ThreatGRID, a malware analysis and threat intelligence platform. When not looking at improving on ways to analyze malware, he is involved in incident response and targeted threat analysis for a wide variety of client organizations in the financial, federal and energy sectors. Dean is a well sought after trainer, who leverages his technical experience with his ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas. Currently he serves as a guest instructor for NYU Polytechnic’s Network Security and Penetration Testing track. Dean is also a regular public speaker and has been invited to speak to organizations such as RSA/Netwitness, Gartner, IANS, the ISSA, SC Congress and the NYPD’s Computer Crime Division. He is regularly quoted on malware related topics in publications such as the Register, Dark Reading, The New York Times, Reuters and SC Magazine.

Hugh Ellis

Director of Professional Services
VoIPshield Systems

Hugh Ellis started his career as a Communications and Electronics Engineer in the military, then moved to the Communications Security Establishment as a network and security engineer. He consulted in Ottawa as an IT security and risk management expert, and co-founded Cinnabar Networks in 1996. In 2006 Hugh continued with Bell Canada for two years after Bell acquired Cinnabar, and he is now Director of Professional Services at VoIPshield.

Andrew Hay

Chief Evangelist
CloudPassage, Inc.

Andrew Hay is the Director of Research at CloudPassage, Inc. where he drives the company’s research agenda, integrations, and applied content development efforts. Andrew Hay is a veteran information security professional with more than 12 years of experience related to endpoint, network and security management across various product sectors including security information and event management (SIEM), log management, deep packet inspection (DPI), vulnerability management, intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS), firewall, threat intelligence, application whitelisting, network and host forensics, incident response and governance, risk and compliance (GRC). Andrew is an author of multiple books on security topics and has written articles for top trade publications like Information Week, DarkReading and Network Computing. He has received multiple industry honors and awards and frequently provides expert security commentary for journalists and industry events.

Shyama Rose

Director of Software Security Engineering

Shyama Rose is the Director of Software Security Engineering at CBS. She uses her penetration testing and management roots to employ holistic, threat-focused approaches to the design and application of security programs in complex Fortune 100 enterprises. She authored the Center for Internet Security’s Microsoft IIS 5.0/6.0 and Microsoft Office 2007 Security Guidance Benchmarks as well as contributed to the Microsoft SharePoint Server Guidance Benchmark. She is an adjunct lecturer on Security Program Management in NYU Poly’s “Application Security” course and regularly speaks at security conferences.


Karim Nathoo

Principal Consultant
Inverse Security Labs Inc.

Karim Nathoo is a freelance computer security consultant providing specialized security services to government, military and private sector clients. Karim has extensive experience in high assurance ethical hacking, incident response and security product evaluation, including the application of binary code analysis and reverse engineering. Karim has delivered professional services for international clients in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States. Karim has performed security assurance and engineering engagements for organizations such as Apple, Microsoft, France Telecom, Cloakware Corporation, Creative Labs, Motorola, Verizon, Nokia, Philips Semiconductor, SONY BMG, SUN Microsystems, QNX Software Systems and numerous Canadian and US Government agencies.

Mike Sues

CEO & Ethical Hack Specialist
Rigel Kent Security & Advisory Services Inc.

Mike Sues’ career in security began at the Communications Security Establishment in 1987, later joining Rigel Kent in 2003 as an Ethical Hack Specialist. Mike has provided Penetration Testing, Application Security Reviews and specialized Security Training, as well as Vulnerability Analysis and Exploit Software development services to both private and public sector clients. An experienced security professional with an extensive background in both operational pen testing and vulnerability research, Mike has reviewed many high assurance environments, corporate and government departmental environments. This has included many PKI components and applications, wireless VPN infrastructures, investment and insurance IT environments as well as web-based banking applications and back-end credit card transaction processing systems.

Recent News

October 29, 2013

Our final speaker for COUNTERMEASURE 2013 has been announced - Elizabeth Keighley, Manager GC-CIRT at Shared Services Canada.  Her topic will be "SSC SOC and Cyber Security for the GC".  Don't miss this important talk!

October 21, 2013

We are very pleased to add Daniel Peck, Principal Research Scientist at Barracuda Labs, to our roster of COUNTERMEASURE 2013 speakers.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions can be made at any time. Unfortunately we cannot refund registration fees.

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