The future of cybersecurity: BCIT partners with Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit

Impact of technological acceleration on privacy and security and the future of work must be considered

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Innovation and disruptive technologies are transforming every industry around the globe.

We are at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we work, live, and play as we accelerate the move toward digital platforms. Leaders from all sectors have been forced to examine the way they do business, deliver services, and create economic value, not only for today, but also for the future. In order to achieve this we need to not only understand the changing environment, challenges and assumptions, but we must also recognize the need for continuous innovation. We also need to consider the impact of how this technological acceleration will impact our privacy and security, and also the future of work. 

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is excited to be the Title Sponsor with the Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit (VIPSS) in Vancouver from May 5-7, 2021. In response to the changing demands of the workforce, BCIT is leveraging its unique education model to address the shifting learner demands through the pursuit of three priorities, Agile Learning, Digital Transformation and Partnership in Provincial Resilience. Through collaborations with industry and government partners BCIT will continue to build Canada’s digital talent and support economic growth and sustainability in British Columbia and beyond.

“With change comes opportunity. In our day-to-day consultation with industry leaders and business owners, the digital transformation of our world and its associated challenges have clearly become the dominant theme,” said Dr. Tom Roemer, Vice President Academic, BCIT.

“New models of business operation like telecommuting, online collaboration, geographically distributed projects and global marketplaces are increasingly redefining the way people live and work. Digital technologies are at the root of this world-wide transformation, and this generates an open invitation to catalyze innovation, think boldly and reimagine the future. The new Centre for Digital Transformation at BCIT has been conceived to take an interprofessional approach and link our on-staff champions and advocates in pursuit of integrated, often multi-disciplinary solutions. Only together can we tackle complex problems, inspire innovation and foster global progress.”

We are also excited to announce that some of BCIT’s very own subject matter experts will be providing their insights at the Summit: Roy Hart, Chief Information Officer will be speaking about Privacy and Security in a Hyper-Connected World – The Future of Technology Enabled Environments; Sunny Jassal, Director, Cyber Security will be speaking about Building Canada into a Digital World – Interacting with Digital Consumers and Citizens; and Roger Gale, Program Head, Industrial Network Cybersecurity Programs will be speaking about Cybersecurity and Industrial Systems.

The Summit will also include several educational sessions. As a leader in delivering future-proof, applied education through collaboration with industry, BCIT also equips graduates with skills and knowledge needed to support a spectrum of cybersecurity roles across industries. BCIT offers several programs – from Computing to Forensics, and more – to pave the path for an in-demand and dynamic career in the field of cybersecurity. Meet BCIT at the upcoming Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit and learn more about available cybersecurity related programs, including options from Part-time Studies.

About the British Columbia Institute of Technology
For more than 50 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been training the experts, innovators, and professionals who shape our economy – across BC and around the world. With five campuses and over 50,000 students enrolled each year, BCIT is one of BC’s largest post-secondary institutes. Through its unique applied education model, students gain the technical skills, real-world experience, and problem-solving ability needed to embrace complexity and to lead innovation in a rapidly changing workforce. The BCIT curriculum is developed through close consultation with industry and delivered by instructors who have direct, hands-on experience in their fields.