Cyber Security Summit West

Proactively Embedding Cyber Security into Corporate Culture

March 8, 2017 | Delta Downtown | Calgary

Cyber Security Summit West is a peer-to-peer discussion to ensure your network and organization are resilient in a time of increased and sophisticated cyber-attacks. This invitation-only event uses a unique interactive round-table discussion format that ensures every attendee has the opportunity to collaborate directly with their peers, invited security experts and round-table discussion leaders. Network and connect with senior-level experts and thought-leaders on critical issues related to your specific data security questions and concerns.

CCTX members SAVE 20% on registration! Mention discount code: D20-167-167AX01.

Bob Gordon, Executive Director, CCTX, will be moderating the panel “Cooperation and Trust for Critical Information Sharing”

Panelists will include:

  • Roger Chaffin – Chief Constable – Calgary Police Service
  • Robert Martin – Chief Information Security Officer, Information Risk Management – Alberta Health Services
  • David Shipley – Director, Strategic Initiatives, Information Technology Services – University of New Brunswick
  • Hani Mansi – Director, Risk and Information Security – ATCO

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The Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) is operational and reaching out to Canadian businesses

One year after its founders unveiled plans for an independent, not-for-profit organization that would help Canadian companies guard against cyber attacks, the new Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) is up and running.  At its inaugural annual symposium on December 7th , the CCTX briefed businesses, government, and academics on its activities and announced the release of its first Cyber Trends and Analysis Summary for CCTX members.

The symposium drew a range of Canadian and U.S. cyber-security experts who provided the latest information on current threats and trends, risks associated with the Internet of Things, the evolving legal landscape, and operational advice on defending networks.  Attendees also had an opportunity to provide recommendations to Defence Research and Development Canada on how it should direct its research to address technology gaps facing the private sector.

CCTX Executive Director Bob Gordon also announced the selection of EWA-Canada as its Managed Security Service Provider, responsible for infrastructure and analytical capability.  “EWA-Canada is a leading provider of security solutions to governments and the private sector and is our trusted partner to help propel CCTX to the next level,” said Gordon.  “EWA-Canada will enable the CCTX to achieve full operational capability quickly while taking advantage of best-in-class private sector capabilities.”

EWA-Canada President Dennis Weiss took part in the symposium, briefing participants on the progress achieved to date, including hiring the team of cyber threat analysts, setting up the technical tools and infrastructure, and launching CCTX’s first monthly cyber threat report.

Over the past few months, Working Groups composed of technical experts from member companies have been active in defining and developing the range of products and services that the CCTX will provide.

“The next wave of CCTX products and services will be made available in early February,” added Gordon.  “This will include an online portal for near real time exchange of threat information as well as the setup of a collaborative space where participants can come in to learn, share and take action with other CCTX participants.”

Marc Duchesne, CCTX Board Chair and Chief Security Officer for Bell Canada, told symposium attendees that the CCTX is living up to the expectations of participating companies.  “With more than 30 organizations from various industry sectors across Canada in varying stages of becoming part of CCTX, we have exceeded our membership target,” he said. “That is a clear testament to the need for an effective cyber threat exchange capability in Canada and how effective the CCTX has been in moving the issue of cyber security forward.”

Mr. Gordon noted that the rising incidence of cyber attacks affects small and medium firms as well as large companies.  For smaller firms in particular, the cost of sophisticated cyber defenses can be a significant challenge.  Recognizing this, the CCTX announced the development of a targeted package for participation by small businesses who will be able to join for as low as $2,000 a year.  The CCTX also recognizes the critical role of Canadian academic institutions as part of Canada’s critical digital infrastructure, in developing the next generation of cyber security experts and in conducting world-class research on cyber security challenges.  For that reason, and to assist such institutions in better defending their networks, the CCTX announced that it is also creating a special category for academic organizations.  The CCTX will work with groups such as CUCCIO (Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers) to further develop this initiative.

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Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange ready to start membership push

Howard Solomon – December 8, 2016

After months of planning the country’s first national IT threat service has issued its first threat report to a few early members and is ready to launch a campaign to expand its numbers, including lowering its fee for small businesses. 

”We didn’t want cost to be a barrier to people being able to get in,” Robert Gordon, executive director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) said Wednesday in explaining why the introductory fee for a small business was cut from $5,000 to $2,000 a year.

“Part of this is to raise cyber resiliency [among Canadian firms] as broad as we can.”

For the lower fee members will still get threat reports, but won’t be allowed to download electronic data feeds into their systems. Gordon said it was felt small companies wouldn’t benefit from that service. The exchange will discuss with these companies if there are other services that can be added.

Mid-size businesses can join for $20,000 a year and will be allowed to exchange threat data electronically (when it goes live early next year) and named access to the exchange’s proprietary knowledge database.

Gordon also said the exchange’s first monthly report was shown Wednesday at a closed symposium in Toronto for companies that have already signed up or are in the process of becoming paying members. Eventually that report will be issued weekly to members. Also, by the second week in February the exchange will have a portal the sharing of electronic threat data and an online collaboration space for members.

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CCTX in the Media: SC Magazine

securityInformation Security Professionals from both public and private sector entities recently attended the 2016 Toronto SC Congress Conference. Among those in attendance was CCTX Executive Director Bob Gordon and other CCTX
representatives, who offered insight into the organization’s plans.

Senior Reporter Bradley Barth of SC Magazine offers a close look at the CCTX’s process in selecting a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and other CCTX-related goals.

“Just five weeks after its official launch, the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) has already taken significant strides toward its goal of creating a system for streamlined cyberthreat intelligence sharing among businesses and government agencies across Canada and beyond…”

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IT World Canada: CCTX at the SC Congress Conference

speaking-1453068_960_720Earlier this month at the Toronto SC Congress Conference, Howard Solomon of It World Canada took an in-depth look at the CCTX’s strategy to promote cyber intelligence sharing among Canadian businesses and government entities.

“Executives from two of the country’s biggest enterprises behind the fledgling Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange say the service will help Canadian organizations of all sizes better fight the mounting amount of malware and breaches they face.

Threat sharing “is a powerful tool,” Glenn Foster, senior vice-president and head of technology risk management and information security at TD Bank, told infosec pros in Toronto on Wednesday at the annual SC Congress conference.

He said knows because Canadian banks have had their own private threat exchange for almost two decades….”

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CCTX in the News

  • National Post – January 18, 2016: “Ahmad, Hylton & Karn: It’s time to beef up our cyber defences” – With cyber attacks steadily increasing in sophistication, frequency and magnitude, we must ask ourselves whether Canada is ready to meet the challenge these threats pose to our economy, national security and the overall wellbeing of Canadians. Unfortunately, when compared to the United States, the United Kingdom or Germany, Canada is clearly lagging in terms of cyber readiness…

  • Financial Post – December 11, 2015: “Canadian companies have a big new ally in the fight against cyber crime” – Businesses in Canada will soon have a new network to guard against cyber crime, which is costing them more than $3 billion a year. Nine major Canadian companies, including the big telcos and some of the Big Five banks, along with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives…

  • CBC – December 11, 2015: “The CCTX will allow Canadian businesses to look forward to their cybersecurity safety in 2016” – Leaders of some of Canada’s largest industries are creating a new network to help businesses and the public stay abreast of emerging cyber threats from malware, hackers and online criminals…

  • Business News Network – December 11, 2015: “Canada in need of more cyber-security experts – John Manley” – The Canadian Council of Chief Executive Officers is launching a new initiative to fight cyber-attacks, but is warning the country needs more experts and eduction in the field…

  • IT World Canada – December 11, 2015: “New threat intelligence sharing site to open for all Canadian firms” – Canadian CISOs are about to get help in defending attacks through something few other nations have —  a national cyber threat information exchange for small, medium and large enterprises from all sectors…

  • iPolitics – December 11, 2015: “Canadian businesses launching organization to combat cyber threats” – Canada’s private sector is taking cyber security into its own hands in an attempt to get back some of $3 billion they’re losing to online thieves annually…

  • Government of Canada – December 11, 2015: Statement from the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness on the launch of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange” – The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, made the following statement regarding the launch of the new Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), a not-for-profit cyber security hub…

CCTX Press Release


Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange will be an information-sharing hub TORONTO, December 11, 2015 – The Canadian Council of Chief Executives and a group of leading Canadian companies today announced plans for an independent, not-for-profit organization, the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX), to help Canadian businesses and consumers guard against cyber attacks. Launching in 2016, the CCTX will work to share information about cyber threats and vulnerabilities among businesses, government and research institutions. It will provide its members and the general public with analysis of cybersecurity issues and act as a point of contact for cyber information-sharing organizations in other countries. “Cybersecurity is top of mind for companies and institutions around the world,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. “CCTX will help member firms and organizations of all sizes by allowing them to gather, analyze and disseminate information about cyber attacks and mitigation options, and by building awareness of emerging cyber threats.” CCTX will enhance cybersecurity collaboration among private and public sector partners, strengthening their ability to protect critical infrastructure, sensitive or proprietary data, and customer information. By joining CCTX, smaller firms and institutions with more limited capabilities will gain access to timely threat information, toolkits and analytical capabilities that will improve their cyber defences. Canadian consumers will similarly gain access to free resources that will help them identify and guard against cyber threats, including identity theft and fraud. CCTX will be a member-funded, not-for-profit organization. The founding members are: Air Canada, Bell Canada, Canadian National Railway Company, HydroOne, Manulife, Royal Bank of Canada, TELUS, TD Bank Group and TransCanada Corporation. CCTX will begin recruiting additional member companies of all sizes and means from across Canada in January 2016. Organizations interested in joining CCTX should contact

Attention Managed Security Service Providers

The CCTX is pleased to announce that we will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) on March 30th, 2016, and bidders will have until April 6th, 2016 to signify their intent to bid. The RFP will help us identify those suppliers who can provide a turnkey, cyber threat information sharing service to meet the defined needs of the CCTX organization. In order to qualify for this RFP, bidders must meet the following eligibility criteria. 1.  Bidder and any sub-contractors must reside in Canada. 2.  Bidder services and all CCTX data must be delivered from and be stored within Canada. 3.  Bidder and/or partners must have prior experience in delivering cyber threat information sharing services and be able to provide 3 customer references (from large organizations with similar requirements). If you are interested in being considered for this RFP and can meet the eligibility criteria, please forward your customer references and contact details to

The CCTX announces its first Executive Director: Robert W. Gordon

bob_gordonThe Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert (Bob) W Gordon as our first Executive Director. Bob will be joining us on April 25 2016.  As Executive Director, Bob has the organizational responsibility to deliver cyber threat information services and lead all cyber intelligence engagements and research activities. Prior to joining the CCTX, Bob held a number of senior leadership roles in the private and public sectors. Most recently Bob was Director of Global Cyber Security at CGI. Before that, as Public Safety Canada’s Special Advisor on Cyber Security, he led the creation of Canada’s national Cyber Security Strategy, for which he received the Deputy Minister’s Achievement Award. Bob also has many years of experience in national and international security and cyber security negotiations and consultations. Bob is also recognized as a leader for Canada’s international cyber security engagement activities. We are delighted to have this exceptionally qualified individual to lead the CCTX. Once Bob officially starts on April 25, he’ll be reachable at