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Cyber Security Council

Cyber security incidents and issues dominate headlines globally, creating persistent and pressing challenges for both the public and private sectors. The idea that organizations will fall victim to some form of cyber-attack has moved from a possibility to a virtual inevitability. Building a strong cyber security posture, as well as cyber resilience, is imperative. In this costly and rapidly evolving cyber security environment, exchanging information and best practices is vital. The Conference Board of Canada created the Council on Cyber Security (CCS) to serve as a confidential, multi-sectoral forum where leaders from industry and government can exchange strategic information and insights, share and discuss emerging threats, and establish partnerships to advance knowledge.

While many cyber security forums exist, they tend to be sector-specific and/or highly technical, leaving a critical gap in the current cyber security environment. As Boards of Directors and senior management teams grapple with a rapidly evolving and risk-laden cyber security environment, a pressing need has emerged for strategic-level cyber security insights for leaders. The Conference Board’s Council on Cyber Security fills this gap by providing a multi-sector, non-partisan forum that focuses on the strategic and policy implications of both cyber security and cyber resilience to inform and empower senior executives responsible for these issues. The Council also provides a confidential, collaborative venue for executives to network and build relationships, and to share knowledge across sectors and industries, with the ultimate goal of making Canada a safer, more prosperous place in which to live and work.

Key Objectives

  • Identify emerging cyber security trends and threats that cut across industries and sectors.
  • Provide a foundation for informed decision-making about critical cyber security issues and how they impact organizations and Canadians.
  • Provide a trusted forum for candid dialogue on cyber security issues with business, government, and academic representatives

Looking Forward

The Council on Security, together with its advisory committee and members, has identified forward-looking, operationally relevant topics to be addressed in the coming years. It reflects the thought-leadership and collaborative approach of members who are committed to helping each other taking on the strategic and policy challenges of security.

Policy and Governance

  • Building working relationships with senior leaders
  • Improving security governance and leadership
  • Crisis communications best practices and considerations
  • Risk assessment and making decisions with limited information
  • Enterprise risk and crisis management

Talent and Education

  • Finding and managing security talent
  • Educating and accommodating a new generation
  • Understanding the skills gap and what you can do about it
  • Talent development and training

The Human Side of Security

  • Building a security culture and influencing employee behaviour
  • Insider threat
  • Psychosocial factors

Emerging Threat Landscape

  • Cyber Security
  • Insider threat
  • Emerging extremist groups and political demonstrations
  • Active shooters and new terrorist tactics
  • Counter-intelligence
  • Foreign influence and hostile state actors
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Organized crime
  • Future/Emerging Technologies
  • Supply chain and logistics


Contact Us

Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks
613-526-3280x362
Email imagefleck@conferenceboard.ca