Computer Information Systems Attend the Vancouver Security Special Interest Group

Starting in the fall of 2013 CIS invited a number of CIS Security Concentration students to attend meetings of the Vancouver Security Special Interest Group (SecSig). The Vancouver SecSig group is composed of representatives of many major BC corporations and government agencies. Examples are IBM, ICBC, Sophos, RCMP, CSIS, Mozilla, BC Privacy Commissioner, HP, TD, HSBC, RBC, Telus and others. CIS has been a member of SecSig for a number of years. The meetings are held at various corporate venues around Vancouver.

The CIS representative started in September 2013 by taking a small group of three students to one of the meetings. In the time since then, the size of the student group has mushroomed. CIS student attendance at these meetings has attracted very positive attention from some of BC's largest companies and has provided the department with a number of employer leads which have been forwarded to the Career Centre for student CO-OP opportunities. Many interesting opportunities based on those leads.

One of the consequences of the field trips has been the direct connection between the students and industry representatives. This has also lead to quite a number of potential industry members for the CIS program advisory committee and has generated a huge interest in UFV and the CIS Security Concentration by various corporations. Opportunities for students to work with advanced technology not available to them on campus have also become available.

The Vancouver Security Special Interest Group has been very supportive of this initiative to the point that the meetings are now held at much larger venues so as to accommodate the larger attendance by CIS students. We think the best news about all of this is that the group held its AGM at the September 2014 meeting and elected six of our students to executive positions. This gave the students real world exposure and the opportunity to interact at a professional level beyond what is available in the classroom.

The attached photo shows CIS students engaged in a workshop at the B Sides Vancouver Security Conference. From le\ to right Scott Lukasek, Faisal Alhumaidi, and Kaitlin Houle.

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