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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Rethinking Cyberattacks: New strategies to counter the mounting costs to business and threats to Canada's security


Scott Knight, Royal Military College of Canada

Although cyber security regularly makes news headlines, the resulting discussions often fail to make crucial distinctions between cyber-crime, cyber-espionage and cyber-attack. This presentation will focus on the technology and methods used in cyber-attacks. Although these attacks happen in the virtual setting of computer networks, the consequences may be felt in physical settings, such as industrial facilities. Cyber-attacks can also disrupt our approach to national defence, since the targets could be commercial or public systems such as power grids, which are not directly under military or government control. Protecting ourselves from such threats will call for a new strategy, one that places well informed and well trained people at the forefront of safeguarding our economy and society.

Dr. Scott Knight is Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Royal Military College. He joined the faculty in 2000 after 21 years in the Canadian Air Force, where he started as a pilot and then moved into work on computer systems and network engineering. Dr. Knight founded the RMC Computer Security Laboratory, which focuses on computer network defence and support to information operations.

Presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after March 7, 2016

Registration Deadline: Monday March 7, 2016


Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369