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Follow Friday: Three Canadian security experts you should follow on Twitter

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With the increasing influence of cloud and communication technologies in our daily lives, online and mobile security have rapidly become a top concerns for many organizations in the last few years.

This week’s Follow Friday introduces three Canadian security experts who are well worth following on Twitter.

Ron Deibert, is the director of the now world-renowned Citizen Lab and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies. Prior to stunning the world with its revelation of the extent of various state-sponsored hacking and online surveillance operations around the globe a few years back, Citizen Lab was just a quiet little outfit housed at the basement of the Munk School of Global Affairs building at the University of Toronto.

Long before we ever heard of Edward Snowden, the Citizen Lab’s intrepid army of students and researchers blew the whistle on secret operations around the world that tracked, monitored and muzzled online communications by individuals and groups opposed to repressive regimes. The Lab also exposed Canadian and other Western companies providing monitoring and Web filtering technologies to these governments.


Brian Bourne, is president of Toronto-based CMS Consulting. He is an IT industry veteran with more than 17-years of experience under his belt. With the latest technical designation such as CISSP, MCITP:EA and MVP: Enterprise Security, and expertise in the realm of IT security, Brian is one of the leading resource person we have at ComputerDealerNews as well as sister publications ITBusiness.ca and ITWorldCanada. Brian is a member and co-founder of TASK , a Toronto-based security user group of more than 200 members. He is also founder and director of Black Arts Illuminated, the organization that runs SecTor, Canada’s top IT security education conference. @BrianBourne


Ritesh Kotak, of the Toronto Police Service is among the new breed of tech savvy professionals in law enforcement in the country. He is project coordinator of Operation Reboot, a service-wide project that covers social media, open source, technology procurement and cyber related threats and opportunities.

Before joining Operation Reboot, he was with the Divisional Policing Command as the social media liaison. The DPC oversees the 17 police divisions and Divisional Police Support Unit which incorporates the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy and Community Mobilization Programs.