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March 11, 2016 meeting

Fri, Mar. 11, 2016 2:00pm — 4:00pm

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March 11, 2016


2:00pm to 4:00pm


KPMG - KCampus, 4th floor
777 Dunsmuir St., V7Y 1K3, Vancouver, B.C. (Map to KPMG)

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Navigating Conversations in the InfoSec Workplace


Jessica J.N. Van Hoogevest & Ian Naumenko



CSO magazine recently named communication as the #1 information security skill required today by InfoSec professionals. They stated "..without being able to communicate it is hard to move ahead anywhere. Even if you have the best ideas in the world, if you cannot communicate them, no one will ever know." They also noted " can write, speak and present until you're blue in the face, but unless you know how to reach your audience, you lack the communication skills needed to help provide adequate security to your company and be part of its success. In other words, you're really not ommunicating until the other party—most notably, the holders of the budgetary purse strings—can actually understand you."

With this in mind, many of us find it difficult to get people to listen and see our own perspective. We also dread difficult conversations at work and avoid them, or sometimes we prefer to get aggressive to ‘win’ at the first sight of conflict. Regardless of your personal style for addressing conversations and challenges at work, there are basic skills that can help you to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.

In this session, we will introduce skills and concepts from Nonviolent Communication to approach conversations and real-life workplace challenges in manageable steps. You will gain the skills to:increase your capacity to manage inter-personal conflict; better identify what is at the heart of the challenge; increase your ability to make decisions about how you want to respond to a situation; and to remain more centered in the midst of a challenging situation.


Jessica J.N. Van Hoogevest, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Nonviolent Communication Certification Candidate. Jessica has been fascinated with human (mis)communication since she started her formal education and became interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution in law school. She has applied concepts from this training throughout her practice. She articled in Toronto and practised in the areas of corporate, commercial and securities law in Vancouver, prior to moving in-house in 2008; she is currently General Counsel with a Vancouver-based technology company. Over the last eight years

Jessica has developed a yoga and meditation practice and has taken many workshops at the LAP, The Haven and studied with Sarah Peyton and others. In the last three years she has focussed on Nonviolent Communication and uses these skills regularly in the workplace and beyond. Jessica is now a candidate for Nonviolent Communication Certification.

Ian Naumenko, CISSP, Director IT and Security Operations

Ian has always had a curiosity of technology and how things work, and explored digital technology to the transistor and binary level. This deep natural and ongoing curiosity has given him a real world insight into just how information security threats have developed over the years, and how to address these threats going forward. On a professional level, he has built a distinctive background in IT and InfoSec with a foundation of over 18 years of successfully managing highly sensitive company and client data in today’s ever shifting threat landscape. He is active in several technology boards including Vice President of Vancouver Security Special Interest Group (infosecbc), Secretary of the Vancouver Chapter of (ISC)² (Certified Information Systems Security Professionals), and Western Region Chapter President (with VP seat on national board) of IAMCP, (the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners ). As well, provides secure hosting and technical assistance to The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB).

This meeting's Security Fundamentals of the Month will be on Network Segregation, presented by Allan Alton.

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