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April 21st, 2017 meeting

Fri, Apr. 21, 2017 2:00pm — 4:00pm

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April 21st 2017


2:00pm to 4:00pm (PDT)


KPMG KCampus - 4th floor

777 Dunsmuir Street, V7Y 1K3, Vancouver B.C.

Please be punctual for entry to the meeting room

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Security Consulting 101 - Successful Strategies for Consultants and Those Who Hire Them


Michael Argast (Sky Northern Security Alliance) & Alex Dow (MARS)



Security Consulting can be a challenging game for both consultants and those who hire them.

For consultants: What are the hot skill areas, how do you market yourself, set the right rates, avoid the feast/famine cycles, land fantastic clients and keep them happy?

For those who hire: How do you find the right talent quickly, ensure quality deliverables, accelerate your projects, and have consultants work effectively with your existing team members without causing conflict?

Both consultants and those who hire them will leave with a checklist that helps ensure they're covering all the right bases. I'll cover everything from contract structures to insurance, geographic arbitrage to skillset taxonomies.



Michael is an independent consultant offering security and business strategy advisory services. As part of his new business, Michael created the Sky Northern Security Alliance, a partnership of independent and boutique security consulting practices, working together to provide robust, end-to-end security services to clientele across North America.

Before starting his own company, Michael was the Director of Security Solutions for Western Canada at TELUS providing a wide ranging solutions from governance, risk and compliance consulting, PCI auditing, security technology acquisition and implementation, managed security services and security outsourcing.

Previously, as Director, Global Sales Engineering at Sophos, Michael led a highly knowledgeable, global team responsible for advising customers on their security and control implementations, practices and policies. These were some of Sophos’ largest customers - ranging from Fortune500 companies in the financial services, healthcare and telecom sectors, to large government and higher education organizations.


Alex has worked within the information security space for over 15 years, focused on security operations architecture and situational awareness capabilities through the implementation of technical controls, investigative and incident response processes and SIEM/data analytic platforms. Taking his past experience in three mission critical security operation centres, Alex began consulting with organizations who wanted to build security teams, measure and reduce risk and most importantly enable the business.

Beyond the ether, Alex is an active member in the local information security community running the not-for-profit Mainland Advanced Research Society (MARS), hosts monthly Meetups and the annual BSides Vancouver Security Conference.


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