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ISACA student group @ CUE hosted an Invited Speaker from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

On December 15,  2016 Mr. Nji Lionel Nji, CISSP,  spoke with the members of ISACA student group about the issues related to Information and Privacy Protection on the provincial and national levels. As a graduate of MISSM program Mr. Nji also shared some insights of building successful career in the industry.

The talk was organized by ISACA student group @ CUE as part of the on-going Industrial Mentorship program.

MISAM research featured in Fraud Magazine

The article entitled: An auto insurance fraud primer: Using social network analysis to catch fraudsters  is an practitioner-focused article based on the collaborative research efforts or MISAM student – Subash Satyal – and two faculty members Dr. Pavol Zavarsky and Dr. Shaun Aghili. It has been published in Nov/Dec 2016 special case studies issue of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ official publication – Fraud Magazine.

MISSM student received Vivek Dharap scholarship from ISACA Edmonton chapter

MISSM student – Victor Ajala, CCNA, CCAI – received Vivek Dharap scholarship from ISACA Edmonton Chapter. To get the scholarhip Vitor had to pass an exam for the newly established ISACA Cybersecurity Fundamental certificate.

Congratulations Victor!

2nd Annual research poster presentations – April 2016

With the great support from Graduate Student Association, IEEE student chapter and ISACA student chapter  the department of Information Systems Security and Assurance Management organised a poster presentation for gradating students to present their research as posters on April 11 2016. Students from different streams of graduate programs at the university participated in the event.

More pictures are available on the IEEE student branch web site

MISAM student won scholarship from ISACA Edmonton Chapter

September 30, 2015

MISAM student Daniel Njoku won Vivek Dharap from ISACA Edmonton Chapter. The official certificate of scholarship was presented to Daniel during Chapter AGM on September 25.

Congratulations, Daniel!


MISSM student won scholarship from ISACA

August 31, 2015

MISSM student Monika Choudhary won CSX Scholarship with free admission to the second day of ISACA’s CSX North America Conference as well as free ISACA student membership for one year.

Congratulations, Monika!

Research poster presentations – April 2015

On April 10th 2015 the Department of Information Security and Assurance Management along with MISSM/MISAM Student Association held their first annual research poster presentation.

Students who are completing the research phase of their Masters studies presented the outcomes of the projects to fellow students, faculty and alumni.

The event gave everybody a good opportunity to share research ideas and  socialize with the graduates. The department and the association are planning to establish poster presentations as an annual event.

The following projects have been presented at the event:

Student  Project title Research advisers
Himanshu Vats A Study of Fingerprint Security for Payment Cards Ron Ruhl and Shaun Aghili
Muhammad Parvez An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Black-Box Web Application Scanners in Detection of Stored SQL Injection and Stored XSS Vulnerabilities Pavol Zavarsky and Nidal Khouri
Eric Mongare A Study of Security Content Automation Protocol for Compliance and Reporting Pavol Zavarsky and Francis Gichohi
Ronak Bhatt Implementation and Study of Efficiency of Honeyword Generation Algorithms Pavol Zavarsky and Sergey Butakov
Ramzi Chehimi Study of Crackability of Passwords Hardened by the Haystack Method Pavol Zavarsky and Dale Lindskog
Gaurav Sharma Disaster Recovery Implementation Framework for Mid – Size Canadian Businesses using ITIL Shaun Aghili and Pavol Zavarsky
Navneet Singh A Proposed Training Program to Address the Insider Threats in Financial Institutions Shaun Aghili and Pavol Zavarsky
Satwinder Brar Proposed Training Program to Address the Threat of Social Engineering Attacks Aimed at Banks and Credit Unions Shaun Aghili and Pavol Zavarsky
Kelechi Jidenma Ajoku Strategic Considerations and Templates for an Effective Implementation of ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Pavol Zavarsky and Francis Gichohi
Chit Nyi Nyi Hlyne SCAP Benchmark for Cisco Router Secure Configuration Compliance Pavol Zavarsky and Sergey Butakov
Rufus Rajiv Nellore An Analysis of Performance of Black-Box Scanners in Detection of XSS Vulnerabilities. Pavol Zavarsky and Nidal Khouri
Ayo Gbadeyan IT Governance & Risk Mitigation Approach for Healthcare Cloud Adoption in Canada Using COBIT5: A Case Study on Alberta Health Francis Gichohi, Shaun Aghili and Sergey Butakov
Samuel Alonge Varying privacy risk impact and consequences: M-PESA service provider’s and customers’ perspectives Pavol Zavarsky and Francis Gichohi
Shireesha Katam Applicability of DBSy Modeling to SCADA Systems Pavol Zavarsky and Francis Gichohi
Toona Obi-Okoye Security Control Overlays in Protection of Industrial Control Systems Pavol Zavarsky and Francis Gichohi


International Agreements 2014

In January of 2014 the Vice-President International, Dr. Manfred Zeuch at Concordia University of Edmonton and the Vice-Rector, Dr. Roman Yakoviev at Altai State University, Barnaul, Russia signed a phase-one agreement for the Master of Information Systems Assurance Management (MISAM) program at Concordia.  Students at Altai State University will be able to take the first half of the program at Altai State and then the second half at Concordia.  When completed graduates will receive the Master of Information Systems Assurance Management from Concordia University of Edmonton.

We look forward to this cooperation and are excited about this first phase and future phases of cooperation.  Concordia expects to receive students by approximately 2015.

In March of 2014 Concordia signed a similar agreement with the American University of Nigeria for the Master of Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) program (see the AUN here).  Students will take year one of the MISSM program and complete the program at Concordia.

April 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) made significant changes to regulations for international students working in Canada. In this announcement CIC stated “Study permits will automatically authorize the holder to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit.”  For more information on this change to international student study permits and work permits see this CIC Link.