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Real Need for Cyber Security Workshop

May 30, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 10:30 am

Computer Virus Removal Blog


Join the team from Response I.T. and Symbiotic Networks as they discuss the very real need for Cyber Security. Detail the steps you can take to mitigate attacks on your own network.

Put a human face on an actual ransomware attack by hearing from a local business owner who was not prepared for such a threat. Learn the true cost of ransomware which, in this case, included a ransomware payment, new hardware, labour charges, and legal fees.

Ransomware attacks have significantly increased, year over year, creating a lucrative business for cybercriminals. These criminals have abundant resources to facilitate increasingly complicated attacks, they are well funded and well organized with unbelievable technical depth and focus. The only way to prevent these attacks is to be prepared in advance.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce fully supports the education of its members on Data Privacy and the Kingston Chamber of Commerce is offering you this opportunity to learn, participate, and protect yourself.



Derek Wong, Symbiotic Networks
Derek Wong’s mission is to improve the world through technology. With over 20 years of professional experience in cybersecurity, network engineering, and system administration, his focus is on making the Internet a more secure place.  His first experience in cybersecurity came from running a FidoNet BBS in 1993. Since then, he has been instrumental in architecting and securing systems and networks for Internet Service Providers and CLECs, enterprises including BlackBerry, EMC, and Sandvine, as well as municipal utilities.  He is currently President and CEO of Symbiotic Networks Inc, a Managed Security Services Provider based in Guelph, Ontario, as well as CEO of zabu Inc., a cybersecurity intelligence provider based in Waterloo, Ontario. Derek is an outspoken advocate of the open source movement.

Blair Sutherland, Symbiotic Networks

Blair Sutherland is Managing Director at Symbiotic Networks, a Guelph-based managed security services provider. Born in Kingston to a family of local business owners, Blair followed his passion for technology into a career in IT Services. He has spent the last 15 years helping businesses of all sizes and industries make smarter business and technology decisions and achieve sustainable results while maintaining certifications including Cisco, VMware, Sonicwall, McAfee and Symantec. Selected to represent a $3.4 billion IT Services organization to the technology procurement best practices committee of its private equity group, collectively worth $50 billion USD. Blair is proud to have been a direct contributor to numerous multi-million dollar projects for clients including the Ontario Government and JP Morgan Chase.


May 30, 2019
8:45 am - 10:30 am
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