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2017 Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum



 

Democracy in the Digital Age: Balancing Security, Access & Privacy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ABOUT THE FORUM

Municipal governments across the world are struggling to deal effectively with security, privacy, and risk mitigation, around the wealth of data they manage, without compromising access to information and principles of democracy. How do you balance, information, access, privacy and security in the digital age? How do municipal professionals manage the often competing priorities of the legislative environment, with the need for good governance?

The 2017 Information Access & Privacy Forum will provide a  platform for leading experts to share insights and strategies on the threat landscape, including cyber threats, such as ransomware, data breaches, and election hacking. Expert panelists will also explore impending implementation of Bill 68, and the impact on municipal governance, and specifically the roles, responsibilities and limitations of municipal staff, council, Integrity Commissioners, and agencies such as the Ombudsman and the IPC.

Opening Keynote: Examining the threat Landscape – How Vulnerable Are You?

Opening Keynote Speaker: Ray Boisvert, Associate Deputy Minister, Provincial Security, Provincial Security Advisor, Government of Ontario

Municipal governments across the world are struggling to deal effectively with security, privacy, and risk mitigation, around the wealth of data they manage, without compromising access to information and principles of democracy. How do you balance, information, access, privacy and security in the digital age? How do municipal professionals manage the often competing priorities of the legislative environment, with the need for good governance?
 

Afternoon Keynote Speaker: The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions

“Canada’s democracy is the foundation for the rights and freedoms we cherish. We take cyber threats to our democracy very seriously, and today is a critical step in defending our democracy from those who would threaten us. We will continue to protect the integrity and the trust that Canadians hold in their democratic institutions and processes.”

 

AGENDA 

Cyber Security, Risk Mitigation, Best Practices, Roles & Responsibilities

Panel 1: Risk Mitigation Before a Breach

How to mitigate risk, by identifying and assessing potential threats, conducting a cyber threat vulnerability analysis, creating systems and policies to manage and protect your records and information internally and with 3rd party vendors, developing continuity plans, and minimizing your municipality’s liability exposure through cyber insurance and privacy policies.

Presenters:
Michael Kyne, Solicitor, City of Hamilton
Else Khoury, Municipal Access and Privacy Expert
Barb Szychta, BA, CRM, CIP, Vice President, Risk Management Services, Frank Cowan Company

Panel 2 : Management After a Breach
How to respond to a breach, including responding to ransomware demands, executing a stakeholder communication strategy, implementing contingency plans for business continuity and data recovery.

Presenters:
Eric Lawton, Sr. Privacy Specialist - I&T Division, Risk Management, City of Toronto
W.S. (Scott) Tod, Deputy Chief of Police, North Bay Police Service
David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Information Privacy Commissioner’s Office

Interactive Break-out Session

Attendees will choose to attend any one of the following sessions according to their areas of interest:

1. Cyber breach: confidentiality and data breach

Facilitators:

Else Khoury, Municipal Access and Privacy Expert
Andrea Holland, Manager of Records and Information, Clerks Department, City of Burlington

2. RFP Guidelines for 3rd party vendors

Facilitators:

Eric Lawton, Sr. Privacy Specialist - I&T Division, Risk Management, City of Toronto
Anne Greentree, BA, CMO, Municipal Clerk, Clerk’s Department, Municipality of Clarington

3. Ransomware

Facilitators:

Helen Kennedy, AMCT, Supervisor of Information Services, County of Brant
Aleksander Essex, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University

4. Cyber insurance and risk mitigation

Facilitators: 

Michael Kyne, Solicitor, City of Hamilton
Barb Szychta, BA, CRM, CIP, Vice President, Risk Management Services, Frank Cowan Company

Strategies – tips and traps
Roles and responsibilities
Best practices

Cyber Security in an Election Year

The 2018 Municipal Elections are fast approaching and with it trepidation around the fear of cyber-attacks. During the 2015 federal election, Canada’s democratic process was targeted by low-sophistication cyber threat activity. While these activities did not affect the outcome of the election, this, along with the evidence of successful cyber-attacks in the recent US election and others in Europe, creates legitimate concerns and erodes public confidence in the democratic process, and in public institution’s ability to protect their private information. Panelists will discuss the threat environment, and what practical steps can be put in place to protect yourself from cyber threats in an election, and to address concerns by citizens and the media.

Presenters:
Kimberley Kitteringham, City Clerk City of Markham
Aleksander Essex, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Western University
Francis Villamil, Manager of Technology Systems & Support Services, City of Cambridge
Sarah Qureshi, Cyber Forensics Analyst, Paladion

Bill 68- What’s New & How is It Being Interpreted in Practice?

Defining Roles & Responsibilities, and the Accountability & Limitations of Municipal Staff and Council, Integrity Commissioners, and other agencies such as the IPC and the Ombudsman where there is mandate creep. What are the new implications to municipalities in terms of records management and retention, as well as obligations regarding access and privacy? What is allowed to be in-camera?

Presenters:
Rick O’Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor, City of Ottawa
Mary Ellen Bench, City Solicitor, City of Mississauga
John Mascarin, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP's and Municipal & Land Use Planning Group