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ISSAM Spotlight

Introducing ISSAM Students and Graduates

At CUE’s Mihalcheon School of Management we take pride in our students and their accomplishments. Each Semester we will shine the spotlight on an outstanding current student and on an accomplished graduate. Here our students and alumni will share their insights, experience, and success stories with our visitors.

For the Winter, Spring, and Summer 2024 Semesters, we would like to introduce you to our MISSM students, Tseide Krekelberg and Brechin Piper, who will graduate on June 1st 2024 .

Current MISSM Students

Brechin Piper

Brechin  is currently finishing a Masters in Information System Security Management at Concordia University of Edmonton, graduating in 2024. Prior to this, he was a Signals Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 15 years and was responsible for a wide range of IT in various environments. He’s led teams of up to 90 people and managed annual budgets of up to 850k. 

When his military career was cut short due to a physical injury, he wanted to build on his existing leadership and IT skills, but recognized a need to learn modern technologies and training on building a business case for IT within organizations. The MISSM program provided that and much more, preparing Brechin for his next challenge in the space.

Tseide Krekelberg

Tseide earned her BA in English and Drama at CUE and was also the student’s association president. These experiences led her to realize her love of managing and organizing people. Initially concerned that her undergrad may be unsuitable for entry into an IT program, she consulted with the Dean of Management (Alison Yacyshyn) and Professor (Shawn Thompson) and was encouraged by both to apply. 

The combination of both management and technical training in the MISSM program have provided Tseide with a unique and valuable skillset which she looks forward to using in industry after graduation in 2024.

Previous ISSAM Spotlights

Access the recordings below:

MISAM Graduate

Justin Halabi

Justin is a Senior Technology Consultant specializing in the audit of IT controls relevant to the financial reporting of distinct clientele. His experience primarily includes leading and performing the testing of general and application IT controls, financial system controls and their associated environments for operating effectiveness. Justin’s additional responsibilities comprise of the coordination and review of control walkthroughs and associated evidence, along with steering frequent communication between the relevant audit stakeholders. Along with IT Audit testing, Justin has also conducted comprehensive IT assessments related to the organizational implementation of ERP systems and their associated technological risks.

Prior to his current role, Justin was a Technical Writer at a Canadian-Based technology firm where he prepared standard operating procedures for transformative technologies and processes aimed at providing digital services to youth with ASD. While attaining his Masters Degree in Information Systems Assurance Management, Justin was a Graduate Teaching Assistant where he utilized academic tools, guided learning sessions and provided on-going coaching and support to students in the field of information systems auditing.

MISSM Graduate

Parul Khanna

Parul Khanna CISSP, CCSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CDPSE graduated from our Master of Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) program. Since graduating, Parul has gone on to distinguish herself as a cybersecurity professional with the Edmonton International Airport (YEG), ScotiaBank, and Manulife where she is currently a Senior Consultant in Information Risk Management. Parul is very active in cybersecurity awareness and education and has been a guest speaker at the ISC2 Security Congress 2021, BSides Edmonton (Canada), and Concordia University of Edmonton’s Infosec Seminar Series. Parul is an active mentor in the cybersecurity communities dedicated to guiding those looking to enter and/or advance their career in cybersecurity. Parul is currently the Vice President & Secretary of the (ISC)2 Toronto Chapter.

Current MISAM Student

Pramitha Pinto

Pramitha Pinto, is an IT professional who graduated in April 2023 with Masters in Information Systems Assurance Management (MISAM) program. Pramitha pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from India. Before moving to Canada, she worked as an IT Support Specialist for Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group in Dubai, United Arab Emirates providing IT Support to end-users in the organization. Pramitha is currently working as a Consultant in Risk Advisory at Deloitte, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining Deloitte, she worked for Alberta Health Services (AHS) as an IT Customer Support in the IT Service desk domain. Pramitha aspires to obtain professional certifications in the near future. 

Current MISSM Student

Robert Ipu

I am Robert Ipu, an OT Cybersecurity Specialist with over 10 years of professional experience in the industry. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) degree at the Concordia University of Edmonton.

Before joining Concordia, I worked as an Integration and Network Security Specialist at the Kenya Pipeline Company, tasked with administering and securing the company’s industrial control systems. To better serve this role, I pursued and successfully obtained IT industry gold standard certifications in security and networking, i.e., the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), among others. I also played a vital role in the design, blueprint and installation and commissioning of key process control and automation projects in collaboration with various vendors at their headquarters in Canada, India, South Africa, Israel, The United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany.

When I am not keeping busy with school or work, you will find me taking long walks at the various parks around the city. I also enjoy road trips and sightseeing.

To view all the ISSAM spotlight videos, please check out the playlist on YouTube.