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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 was right at the time that the Canadian Information Processing Society of Saskatchewan Act was passed recognizing CIPS Saskatchewan as a professional organization, and  I applied some of my ethics expertise to the early days of the CIPS Saskatchewan Professional Conduct committee.  I had stepped back for a few years to concentrate on family and attaining my Masters, and then earlier this year was asked to help organize and run a security and privacy conference for CIPS Saskatchewan.


What value has your involvement with CIPS provided?

The I.S.P certification was the original draw.  As a consultant the I.S.P gave you instant credibility in the IT consulting world, but when I moved to the corporate world CIPS membership provided me with excellent networking opportunities, inside and outside my specialties, and with opportunities to develop leadership skills working on CIPS projects.  It also provided me with a vehicle to practice presentation skills by presenting on security topics to CIPS members at various CIPS sponsored events.


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