May 28, 2013:  NSERC ISSNet 2013 Workshop held in Victoria, British Columbia in April

The fifth annual NSERC ISSNet Workshop was hosted at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, British Columbia from Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26, 2013.  An average of 73 people attended during each of the four days.  Participants included ISSNet faculty researchers, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, government and industry representatives, external faculty members from partner universities as well as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and members of the ISSNet Board of Advisors and Scientific Advisory Board.

Fourteen posters were featured at the Tuesday evening Poster Session and were displayed for the duration of the event.  Votes were collected from participants to determine “Best Poster” and “Best Poster Design” awards.

During the Wednesday and Thursday sessions, fourteen ISSNet co-Investigators presented brief research talks, interspersed among 7 one-hour talks by invited speakers from industry and academia.

Friday, the final day of the Workshop, was dedicated to twelve student presentations and 2 invited speakers. The invited speakers, ISSNet alumni who are continuing their education at US Universities, offered perspectives about their experiences.

Comments received at the conclusion of the Workshop included: 

- "The ISSNet workshop really gives me new opportunities in my research. In this workshop we are able to talk with people from different institutions and other people's ideas shed light upon my own research. It's both enjoyable and beneficial."
- "…ISSNet is an ideal forum for Canadian security researchers and professionals to share and discuss their work, receive feedback, and collaborate…"
- "Two important things here. The first is that the invited speakers give us their perspectives on the research projects done by them. The second is that the co-PI sessions act as a good way for us to communicate with each other. Both kinds of talks are good."
- "It was very enjoyable and professionally fruitful."

These comments, and others, would indicate that the Workshop met the objective from the original proposal to “provide an opportunity for investigators and their students to exchange research results and plan new collaborations.”

May 14, 2013:  Employment Opportunity Available to NSERC ISSNet Grads

TELUS Security Labs (located at 25 York St. in downtown Toronto) is looking for candidates to fill a full-time position in the Vulnerability Research team.  We investigate security vulnerabilities in software and create detection schemes to recognize attacks through the analysis of network traffic.
We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in software reverse engineering and IT security, familiarity with networking protocols and operating systems, an ability to understand assembly code, and skills with tools such as gdb, OllyDbg / Immunity, WinDbg, and/or IDA Pro.
Responsibilities of the position include
·         Researching newly discovered vulnerabilities in a wide range of software products;
·         Reverse engineering and researching network protocols, file formats, and software;
·         Developing proof-of-concept files and code.
If you are interested in this position or have any questions, please contact

Submitted by:  Christoph Hebeisen, Ph.D., Manager Vulnerability Research, TELUS Security Labs

January 2, 2013:  NSERC ISSNet Upcoming Events for 2013

We at NSERC ISSNet wish all of our members and partners a Happy New Year and all the best for 2013. Please save the following dates for ISSNet's Year 5 events:

We look forward to your participation.  Click details for additional information found on the Members page

November 15, 2012: Tenure-Track Position at Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering

Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineeing (CIISE) posting: Applications are invited to for one full-time, tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant, Associate Professor or Full Professor, in the area of Information Systems Security.  Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering, or a related discipline.

Candidates must possess a strong expertise in one of the following: Network Security, Wireless Mobile Security, Operating Systems Security, Application and Middleware Security, Malware Analysis and Cyber Forensics.   Go to for full posting.  Please be advised that the November 1 submission deadline referenced in the posting has been extended until the position is filled.