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June CIPS Volunteer of the Month: Richard Wanner I.S.P., ITCP

June 2017 CIPS Volunteer of the Month:

Richard Wanner I.S.P., ITCP

CIPS Saskatchewan

About Richard: 

What is your Background?

My first degree is a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Science from the University of Regina.  I also hold a Masters of Science in Internet Security Engineering (MSISE) from the SANS Technology Institute.
My first job was at Bell Northern Research/Nortel where I worked on networking and operating system for landline and cellular switches.  In the late 1990s I switched to a security focus and have been there ever since.  After the Nortel implosion I consulted for a time with the CGI Security Centre of Expertise and then moved home to Saskatchewan to work with SaskTel.  I have been in a Corporate Security role with SaskTel for over 13 years, mostly focusing on Telephony and networking security as well as some compliance and threat monitoring.
When I am not at work I am active in various parts of the security industry.  I am a volunteer incident handler with the Internet Storm Center and also participate in some task forces in researching Distributed Denial of Service and Ransomware.  I am a founding member of the GIAC Ethics Council, and am also active in my community.  I help run a community soccer league, and participate with the local chapter of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association.  For relaxation I play guitar, help out with my son's band, listen to live music, and dabble in photography.


What type of Involvement have you had with CIPS?

I originally joined CIPS in the early 2000s because, as a consultant, having an I.S.P. was a good way to get in the door and start a conversation.  I didn't become active with CIPS activities until I moved back to Saskatchewan. That