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Welcome to COUNTERMEASURE|2012

COUNTERMEASURE 2012 is Ottawa's premier computer security conference featuring the best of both offensive and defensive tactics. Computer security is about countermeasures. If you play defense you aim to contain adversaries by implementing countermeasures. If you play offense you study countermeasures in an attempt to find novel ways to defeat them. And of course some of us play on both sides of the fence. No defensive technique is perfect and no offensive technique is successful every time. Whether it's the latest social engineering technique or a new memory protection mechanism for your operating system, there are always two sides to consider in computer security.

COUNTERMEASURE 2012 will bring together computer security practitioners from academia, government and the private sector, to share experience and knowledge, and to collaborate on the new challenges facing the field of computer security.

Conference Mission :

  • Showcase the best security research and cutting edge topics – be prepared to be engaged!
  • Provide industry leading expert speakers and panelists from around the globe – at both the technical and managerial level.
  • Offer a broad range of material - whether you are a CISO or a hobbyist who hacks from your N900, there will be something for you.
  • Be inclusive - we welcome everyone from noobs to ninjas and practitioners to executives no matter what your skill and experience level. If you have an interest in computer security or hacking, we want you there!
  • Provide a community and focal point for collaboration and networking, allowing you to meet your next research partner, mentor, employee or partner in crime.
  • Offer world-class training opportunities with instructors who are leaders in their field - with real world field experience, not PowerPoint slide regurgitators!
  • Create an annual event, each year building on our success.

COUNTERMEASURE 2012 key notes, invited talks and speakers selected through our Call For Papers will cover a range of topics:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Incident Response
  • Malware Analysis
  • Management-level security
  • Mobile Hacking
  • Network-level Hacking
  • Risk Management
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Secure Development
  • Social Engineering
  • Source Code Reviews
  • Web Application Hacking

Recent News

September 28, 2012

We are proud to announce our line-up of expert speakers now include Hugh Ellis and Andrey Markov - Director of Professional Services & Director of Security Research at VoIPshield Systems, Ryan Kazanciyan - Principal Consultant at Mandiant, and Barton McKinley – Independent Enterprise Security Architect. All conference attendees, including students, are invited to the COUNTERMEASURE 2012 party at The Velvet Room on October 25 from 6:30pm to 2:00am.

September 4, 2012

Dave Mirza Ahmad -President of Subgraph, Guy Bruneau - Senior Security Consultant at ipss inc., Zach Lanier and Andrew Reiter - Security Researchers at Veracode, Peleus Uhley - Platform Security Strategist at Adobe Systems, and Robert Beggs - President of DigitalDefence have all joined COUNTERMEASURE 2012's expert line-up of speakers. We are also pleased to announce a new 2-day training course we will be offering, Hacking and Securing Android/iOS. Read more...

July 5, 2012

We are happy to announce that Sherif Koussa, Founder and Principal Consultant at Software Secured and Scott Wright, President of Security Perspectives Inc. are now confirmed to speak at COUNTERMEASURE 2012. Read more...

June 7, 2012

Newly confirmed COUNTERMEASURE 2012 speakers include Shyama Rose, Director of Software Security Engineering at CBS, Jason Haddix, Director of Penetration Testing at HP. Read more...

June 4, 2012

Congratulations to Sean Lian and Alexander Hill, winners of the June 2nd Algonquin College Capture the Flag event! Both win free passes to COUNTERMEASURE 2012. Come out and meet them this fall!

April 27, 2012

The COUNTERMEASURE 2012 organizers are proud to announce that our lineup of high-profile speakers now include Dan Guido, Luc Beaudoin, Andrew Cushman, Kris Harms, Paul Royal, Nart Villeneuve, and Mischel Kwon. Read more...

Our Call for Papers also officially opened this week. Read more...

March 5, 2012

COUNTERMEASURE 2012's three pre-conference Training Courses opened for registration today. The training will bring top global security trainers to the Ottawa region with hands-on practical instruction you can directly apply. Read more...

January 26, 2012

Registration opened today for the inaugural COUNTERMEASURE 2012 conference. Super Early Bird pricing is only in effect until June 15, 2012! Read more...

December 4, 2011

Dave Aitel, Founder and CEO of Immunity Inc, is confirmed as our Opening Keynote speaker. Read more...

November 15, 2011

First in class Advisory Board named – COUNTERMEASURE 2012 has appointed a league of industry experts to its 2012 Advisory Board. Read more...

October 26, 2011

COUNTERMEASURE 2012 Venue Secured! The newly built and iconic Ottawa Convention Centre will be home to the COUNTERMEASURE 2012 Conference. Read more...