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Established in 1991, the mission of the Ottawa Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) is to provide a friendly, interactive environment for those with an interest in information security. Through meetings, guest speakers, discussion forums, this website and the concerted efforts of our members, we strive to accomplish this goal. These local Chapter level benefits are augmented by the advantages of membership in ISSA International which provides an e-newsletter, educational online webinars, and partnerships with other IT security organizations many of whom offer discounts to ISSA members.

All of this is aimed towards helping members be more effective in their work both technically and personally, and towards providing professional development opportunities.



2018-10-25 - ISSA Ottawa Oct Chapter Meeting

October 25, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 4S3
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Please note that our October event will be held at the Ottawa Conference and event Centre, room 210.
A cash bar will be available.


When It All Goes to Pot…

Physical Security has traditionally been thought of as the world of guards, gates and guns. However, during periods of relative calm, Physical Security Practitioners require skills in areas such as risk assessments, security engineering, security design and project management to do perform their mandate. During natural disasters, man-made disruptions and periods of chaos, these skills may be sorely tested.

Allan will explore some of the challenges faced in situations ranging from planning for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina, changes from the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean in protecting commercial shipping, and the emerging challenges in today’s increasingly technical and network-enabled industry.

Allan McDougall


Allan McDougall is a Physical Security practitioner with experience across the military, public service and private sector domains.  Following service with the combat engineers, he entered the public service where he took on roles of increasing responsibility including the National Coordinator for Security Policy at DFO, Senior Security Officer for the CCG, Senior Inspector Ports and Marine Facilities at TC, and finally Manager for Physical Security at CBSA.

Allan has co-authored four books, one on Transportation Systems Security and three focussing on Critical Infrastructure Protection.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree through the American Military University and holds several certifications, including the PCIP (Professional in Critical Infrastructure Protection), CMAS (Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist), CISSP, CPP (Certified Protection Professional), PSP (Physical Security Professional), CMSP (Certified Maritime Security Professional) and MSyl (Member of the Security Institute) amongst others.

In addition to his role within the traditional physical security domain, Allan has also participated in higher risk areas, providing guidance, advice, operational support and participating in maritime security activities and intelligence in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.



5:30 pm - Doors open for check-in/ Networking
6:00 pm - Dinner is served along with a brief welcome
6:10 pm - Speaker 2
8:30 pm – End of the event



Parking:              The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre offers plenty of free parking.
Bus travellers:    You can exit the bus at the Ottawa Train Station and take the pedestrian bridge over the Queensway to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre.

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