About Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay is an information security industry veteran with close to 20 years of experience as a security practitioner, industry analyst, and executive. As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at DataGravity, Inc., he advocates for the company’s total information security needs and is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s comprehensive information security strategy.

Andrew has served in various roles and responsibilities at a number of companies including OpenDNS (now a Cisco company), CloudPassage, Inc., 451 Research, the University of Lethbridge, Capital G Bank Ltd. (now Clarien Bank Bermuda), Q1 Labs (now IBM), Nokia (now Check Point), Nortel Networks, Magma Communications (now Primus Canada), and Taima Corp (now Convergys).

Andrew is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on security-industry developments, and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, International Business Times, Sacramento Bee, Delhi Daily News, Austin Business Journal, Ars Technica, RT, VentureBeat, LeMondeInformatique, eWeek, TechRepublic, Infosecurity Magazine, The Data Center Journal, TechTarget, Network World, Computerworld, PCWorld, and CSO Magazine.

When you say you're good at something, people usually don't jump all over you. When you say that you're "The Worlds Number 1" something, however, you're just asking to draw criticism from your peers. LIGATT Security International CEO Gregory Evans, arguably one of the best self-pitchmen since Muhammad Ali, claims to be "The World’s No. 1 Hacker" and has written a book telling others how to get to his level. Entitled "How To Become The Worlds No. 1 Hacker" (I'm not linking to it), the book has drawn voracious criticism from the security industry who have labeled it self-serving propaganda...

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Well we finally decided on Friday, November 12th & Saturday, November 13th, 2010 for the first Security BSides Ottawa conference. We're still finalizing the venue but we're quite close to locking it down. Information about BSides Ottawa can be found here. The Call For Papers (CFP) can be found here and is open to all. Remember, this is a free event and we expect numerous speakers and attendees from Government, Education, Defence, Healthcare, Financial Services, and Technology sectors. It's win-win. Invite your friends by posting this on Twitter: "#BSidesOttawa Friday, November 12th & Saturday, November 13th 2010: Discover the next big thing! http://bit.ly/BSidesOttawa"...

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