Municipal Cyber Security Forum

Prevent. Protect. Respond. Recover.

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The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario (MISA ON) are pleased to co-host our second annual Municipal Cyber Security Forum

Cyber attacks on municipalities are occurring worldwide and the pandemic has exacerbated the threat. But why are municipalities being attacked? As gatekeepers of critical and sensitive data, and often managed by vulnerable networks and infrastructure, municipalities are prime targets and seen as data treasure troves. With the constant threat of exposure, it is vital that municipal councils and administrators understand how to mitigate cyber risks.

AMO and MISA ON have joined efforts to provide you with information from leading cyber experts on how you can build cyber security resiliency across your municipal organization.


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Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 – 9.30am to 1.30pm

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Price: $50.00 plus HST


Agenda (subject to change)

  • Introduction/Welcome – AMO and MISA ON
  • Cyber Security: A Business Decision – Paul E. Proctor, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner
  • Cyber Security Awareness – Danny Pehar, CEO, Web Safe 101
  • Break
  • Cyber Insurance: What’s New? – Greg Markell, President, Ridge Canada
  • Cyber Risk Management: Legal and Operational Perspective – Katherine E. Kolnhofer, Bell Temple LLP
  • Common Standards, Policies & Best Practices – David Langille, Head, Cyber Security Strategy, Risk Management & Architecture Branch, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
  • Wrap Up – MISA ON and AMO


Paul E. Proctor, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner

Paul Proctor is a VP and Distinguished Analyst, and former Chief of Research for Risk and Security at Gartner. He leads CIO research for technology risk, cybersecurity and digital business measurement. Mr. Proctor advises CIOs, executives and boards to manage risk and balance the needs to protect with the needs to run their business. Mr. Proctor's coverage includes board reporting, outcome-driven metrics, risk management, the Gartner business value model, and digital business transformation. His groundbreaking research in risk, value, and cost management helps organizations prioritize and invest in the readiness of technology to support their business and mission outcomes.

Paul's presentation will address the following questions:

•    How can security investments be aligned with business outcomes?
•    Why are current approaches to security investment failing? 
•    How can security be balanced with the needs to run a business?
•    How can we develop effective metrics for cybersecurity? 

Danny Pehar, CEO, Web Safe 101

With more than 20 years of experience in the cyber security industry, Danny Pehar has become one the industry's foremost experts, providing awareness to Fortune 500 companies, working with the FBI cyber taskforce and providing cybersecurity content through Forbes magazine and Global Television.

Danny's executive security awareness training session will teach you how to protect your organization against the threats and vulnerabilities brought on by the digital age. Not only will you learn how to easily protect yourself against cybercrime, but you’ll be given numerous tools, tips and resources that will enable you to motivate, teach and empower any audience to do the same.

Greg Markell, President, Ridge Canada

Greg Markell is a leading insurance expert on the topic of cyber and privacy liability. He has advised public, private, and non-profit organizations regarding their risk transfer of organizational exposure to cyber-related losses.

Greg began his career underwriting for a large national insurer, starting in property and casualty before quickly moving into executive and professional risk, with a focus on director’s and officer’s (D&O) insurance. He then moved on to join a national brokerage, focusing on specialty insurance products for financial services companies, including D&O and cyber liability. He left this firm as a partner in 2014 and joined a top 10 global broker, where he was a resource for his colleagues for D&O and the practice leader for cyber and privacy liability. Greg received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Economics from Queen’s University. He is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and an accredited Canadian Risk Manager.

Katherine E. Kolnhofer, Partner, Bell Temple LLP

Katherine Kolnhofer is an experienced Civil Litigator and Partner at Bell Temple LLP. She leads the firm's Privacy, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Group and is Harvard educated in Cybersecurity Risk Management. She works with organizations on identifying and managing operational, litigation and reputational risk, and incident preparedness.  Katherine also acts as breach counsel in the event of a cybersecurity incident. Her practice also focuses on complex litigation matters, appearing in Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal. In addition, Katherine is a regular speaker in the Cybersecurity space, and has authored and been quoted in various publications on topics such as breach readiness, privacy issues and cyber coverage.

David Langille, Head, Cyber Security Strategy, Risk Management & Architecture Branch, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

David Langille is currently the Head of Cyber Security, Strategy, Risk Management and Architecture Branch managing four Cyber Security units within the Cyber Security Division. Cyber security provides a comprehensive cyber risk management program to predict, identify and address threats to information security and enable the Ontario government to operate securely and meet its digital service delivery commitments. He is a passionate and experienced professional with more than 15 years of IT security-related experience. He has held a variety of progressive roles in areas such as; cyber security, digital forensics, law enforcement and online authentication services.