[Cybersecurity Lunch Talk Series] Accenture presents Zero Trust: A journey from theory to tactical application


IEEE Canada Region and IEEE Toronto Section Industry Engagement Committees are pleased to announce that there will be a Cybersecurity Lunch Talk Series in collaboration with Accenture. We will kick this off with this talk titled "Zero Trust: A journey from theory to tactical application".

Classic perimeter/defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategies are quickly becoming obsolete when protecting against well-resourced adversaries, and not efficient when addressing insider threats.
On May 12 this year, the Biden administration issued an 'Executive Order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity' which made clear the need for "bold changes and significant investments" in order to defend both IT and OT across our vital institutions, including advancing towards a 'Zero Trust Architecture'. 
During the same month, the Canadian Government recognized that in light of emerging trends in the industry and the strategic direction of the government to support user access from any device at any time, a new security paradigm is required. That paradigm is Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA).
This new approach renounces any implied trust (of users or location), assumes hostility within the network, replaces the dated ideas of security based on physical location, and moves to a dynamic user/device/application policy driven model. Contrary to previous paradigms, Zero Trust embeds security throughout the architecture to prevent malicious personas from accessing our most critical assets.
The challenge remains for many institutions to define what Zero Trust actually means for them and moreover the difficulty of articulating what tactical steps should be taken to achieve the goals or Zero Trust is a roadblock to many institutions from embarking on a Zero Trust journey.
Join this session to learn:
- How Zero Trust can unlock new business value
- The importance of identity in a Zero Trust environment
- How your organization can get started on its Zero Trust journey


  Date and Time




  • Date: 16 Nov 2021
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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The virtual meeting details will be emailed to the registered attendees a few days before the event. 

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  • Co-sponsored by Accenture
  • Starts 02 November 2021 08:00 AM
  • Ends 15 November 2021 11:59 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Ian Zwirek Ian Zwirek of Accenture


As a senior information technology executive with over 25 years of broad business, technology, and business transformation experience, Ian is passionate about the intersection of technology, corporate data access, and delivering solutions in the age of Adaptive Security. He is a member of Accenture's Infrastructure Security Practice in Canada, he also stewards the Adaptive Security (Zero Trust) center of excellence globally. His experience ranges from managing and deploying global infrastructure and security projects in North America and Europe as well as dealing with Cloud, On premise and SaaS environments. Ian has a BA (Political Science) from McGill University and holds CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) designation. Ian is known for driving synergies between technology platforms and the business with notable success gained from his holistic approach to cybersecurity and technology innovation.