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    • 02 Nov 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 3:00 PM
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    Cybersecurity Essentials for Business Leaders

    Hosted by Justin Gratto, Darren Gallop & Russell Radzikowski of Securicy Data Solutions Inc.

    Dates: November 2nd - December 14th

    Time: Tuesdays, 1-3pm 

    Where: Online, Zoom

    The retail cost of this program is $2,000 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 

    Course Description:

    This course will empower managers or executives, regardless of technical skills, to implement and manage an internal cybersecurity program at their own company. This program will enable them to safeguard themselves and their customers from the leading causes of cyberattacks and data breaches.

    Participants will learn the basics about protecting their company from ransomware, cyberattacks, email phishing, and other modern threats primarily using the budget and resources they have on hand. Business leaders will get steps to cultivate a security culture at their company, become an advocate for security awareness, and implement critical information security policies and procedures.

    Participants will be provided with free resources, including templates, agendas, policy examples, tabletop simulations, and lists of recommended free or affordable tools for building their security program. This course consists of eight 2 hour sessions and two 1 hour one-on-one sessions.

    This course will cover:

    • Introduction to Cybersecurity Threats, Concepts, and Terminology
    • How security Takes a Team
    • Knowing Your Risks
    • Building Your Security Program Foundation
    • Making an Actionable Implementation Plan
    • Responding to Cyberattacks and Security Incidents
    • Evolving Privacy Regulations and Compliance Requirements

    This course is designed for:

    Instances of cybercrime and human error leading to data breaches or serious business disruptions are a growing threat to businesses of all sizes, and in all industries. For Digital enterprises for whom make their entire living via online business channels, especially ones that do not have in-house cybersecurity experts, training can help fill this critical skill gap are especially venerable.

    Course Schedule:

    • Nov 2nd: Introduction to Cybersecurity Threats, Concepts, and Terminology
    • Nov 9th: Security Takes a Team
    • Nov 16th: Know Your Risks
    • Nov 23rd: Protecting Your Business
    • Nov 30th: Building Your Security Program Foundation
    • Dec 7th: Making an Actionable Implementation Plan
    • Dec 14th: Responding to Cyberattacks and Security Incidents

    * 1-1 sessions scheduled by students and instructor 

    About the Instructors:

    Justin Gratto, CISSP - Senior Director of Product at Securicy (primary instructor)

    Justin Gratto is a Canadian Army veteran, experienced information security professional, and the Senior Director of Product at Securicy. Justin is accountable for product ownership at Securicy, a SaaS platform that assists businesses through creating, implementing, and managing their information security and privacy compliance program. He leads the customer success team, coordinates advisory service delivery, and holds the responsibility of Security and Privacy Officer at Securicy. He is from Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Darren Gallop, CISSP - CEO and Co-founder of Securicy

    Darren Gallop is a tech entrepreneur, information security expert, Techstars alumni, board member, and the CEO of Security. He co-founded Securicy and led the team to develop a SaaS product that guides businesses through creating, implementing, and managing their information security and privacy compliance program. Gallop previously co-founded Marcato and was CEO there for 10 years, until the a successful event management software company was acquired by Patron Technology. He is from Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Russell Radzikowski - Customer Success Manager

    Russell is a customer success leader with over seven years of experience in the implementation of networks, software, and database systems that process and store personal and confidential information. He has also worked in a wide range of technology environments including educational institutions, public infrastructure organizations, and startups. His diverse experience and skills enable him to deliver maximum value to customers.


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    • 07 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    If your business has a website or a need for one (and chances are if you’re reading this you do), this is a perfect introduction to how they work. Aimed at those who aren’t used to getting their hands digitally dirty, we want to arm you with the knowledge so that next time an illness arises, you can feel more confident in diagnosing the issue. Whether you use Wordpress, Drupal, custom CMS, Geocities, raw HTML/CSS, or are using a service like Squarespace or Wix, you will walk away more confident in speaking with your IT, design, and development team.

    In this webinar you will learn;

    • What the critical components of most websites are.
    • The jargon you need to know to speak to your IT partners.
    • What you need to know about future technology and your website.

    Meet the Presenter

    Peter Woodward, Managing Director at Shortstop Agency

    Working as a web developer for over a decade, Peter was used to seeing the world in binary. As he fell in love with the world of business, he found that not all solutions can come from 1's and 0's. From old-school strategies to new technologies, he keeps clients open to all possible dimensions.



    • 09 Dec 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Join us for a virtual event that includes a panel discussion covering the tech sector in 2021. This event is open to DNS members, students, and anyone involved in Nova Scotia’s tech sector.

    Opening remarks: Wayne Sumarah, CEO, Digital Nova Scotia

    Panel Moderator: Jenn Priske, Senior Executive, REDspace

    Panelists: Emily Smits, COO, Modest Tree, Brooke Ireland, Senior Consultant, Meridia Recruitment Solutions & Patrick LaRoche, Associate Director of Engineering, Wattpad

    Panel Discussion Topic:

    A year in review - looking back on 2021

    Panel Questions:

    • Have you seen a shift in the tech industry in 2021? If so, how may this affect the future of the tech sector?

    • Working remotely and hiring strategies.

    • Have there been noteworthy lessons learned during 2021 in the tech industry?
    • What are you excited about moving into 2022?  

    Event Schedule:

    3:00PM – 3:10 PM: Opening Remarks

    3:10 PM – 3:45PM: Panel Discussion

    3:45 PM - 4:00PM: Q&A from attendees

    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Remote work has become a regular part of the way we do business. As companies continue to grow their presence with teams across the country, or even the globe, there are considerations that should be top of mind when helping to ensure the success of remote employees.

    After this webinar, you will feel confident;

    • Planning before employees start
    • Knowing what the first week should look like
    • Setting them up for continued success

    About the Presenters

    Leslie Flemming, Senior Director, Marketing at CloudKettle

    With a background in digital marketing, Leslie brings over 10 years of experience to her role. Her previous clients have ranged from large private enterprises and government organizations to non-profits, giving her a wide range and depth of knowledge in the B2B space.

    Leslie also holds a J.D. from Dalhousie University, and a Masters of International Business Law from Vrije University in Amsterdam.

    Lisa Muise, Manager of HR at CloudKettle

    An experienced professional in Human Resources and Office Administration, after over 20 years at FedEx, Lisa joined CloudKettle in 2018 and has helped grow the company to over 30 people.

    With a Bachelor of Office Administration, Certificate in Managing Human Resources, and Salesforce Administrator Certification, Lisa’s unique combination of skills and experience has allowed her to hone the employee onboarding process, and adapt it to our changing business world.

    • 05 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 23 Feb 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 0


    Scrum Workshop Program

    Hosted by Brenda Fay of BrenDaniel Productions

    Dates: January 5th - February 23rd, 2022

    Times: Wednesdays, 1 pm - 3 pm  

    This program is valued at $1,800 +HST. 

    **Eligible DNS Members can access WIPSI funding through DNS to cover 50-100% of the cost of this program. Please check our programs page to read more about funding eligibility and how to apply. 


    Course Description:

    Scrum is widely used in technology projects, especially those that have a software development aspect. This program gives tech organizations an opportunity to learn the mechanics of Scrum concepts and how to apply them in a practical setting.

    Scrum team members will be able to learn how to optimize their collaborative work and product delivery methods in this hand-on, virtual workshop. This program will take 24 hours to complete, in which participants will have worked through all aspects of a Scrum project, from vision to iterative delivery. Each  session will include a discussion segment to gain a more in depth understanding of Scrum and the participants will be placed in small groups for exercises that will give them hands-on experience with Scrum.

    This course will teach participants how to use Scrum for a project and product delivery, which will improve an organization's customer satisfaction, product delivery and team morale. With Scrum, teams can respond quickly to changes without hassles in

    traditional project change management


    This 8 day course will cover:

    • The Scrum framework and its importance and use for organizations and teams in product delivery
    • How the product is initially defined, creating a Product Backlog
    • Team roles
    • Looking at various methods to identify the complexity of the work.
    • Prioritizing the work to be done as a team.
    • How to plan a sprint

    This course is designed for:

    Scrum team members who wish to improve and optimize their Scrum projects


    Course Schedule:

    Date | Course Session # | Session Description

    Jan 5

     

    Course Overview - The Scrum framework and its importance and use for organizations and teams in product delivery. Course layout. Creating a Product Backlog. Throughout the course, we will be using a kitchen renovation as our product, and teams will be working together in small groups.

    Jan 12

     

    Sprint Backlog

    Jan 19

     

    Team Roles

    Jan 26

     

    User Stories

    Feb 2

     

    Determining the work complexity.

    Feb 9

     

    Prioritizing the work.

    Feb 16

     

    Planning the Sprint. Using a task board. Mock Sprint.

    Feb 23

     

    Sprint Review and Retrospective. Planning the next Sprint. Course wrap-up.


    About the Instructors:

    Brenda Fay, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM

    Brenda assists individuals and organizations in bettering their projects and has been delighted to do so

    for over twenty years. She is a passionate agilist whose certifications include the PMP, PMI-ACP and CSM (Certified Scrum Master). She is the President and Co-owner of BrenDaniel Productions Corp. Her company provides workshops

    and consulting support worldwide, and has guided organizations in Canada, China, the United States,

    Germany, Switzerland, Africa and more.


    Andrew J. Mitchell, Scrum Master & Agile Coach

    Andrew is a Scrum Master and Agile Coach who believes Scrum is the best way to engage teams, solve

    complex problems and rapidly deliver value to stakeholders. Andrew wants people to be excited to go

    to work and be part of great teams with servant leaders who genuinely care for their people. He believes that

    Scrum is the best vehicle to achieve that goal.


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