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 How Internal Audit Can Respond to Evolving Cyber Risks

8/4/2020 12:00 PM
8/4/2020 1:30 PM
Webinar | Canada - Ontario

Registration Open until July 31

Session Overview

With the exponential growth for data and sensitive information across different platforms and environments such as cloud, external vendors, and internally developed systems, data protection and security can be a daunting activity if the organization attempts to protect everything. It is important to drive the data protection starting with its criticality and risk.

We have observed a spike in the attacks using COVID-19 as bait to mislead employees and customers. This results in more infected personal devices, privacy and cyber breaches. Not only are businesses being targeted, end-users who download COVID-19 related applications are also being tricked into downloading ransomware disguised as legitimate applications. Internal Audit is a critical line of defence in safeguarding organizations against privacy and cybersecurity risks. 

Please join us to learn how Internal Audit can help respond to the disrupting cyber risks posed by the pandemic and beyond as organizations continue to navigate an uncertain and ever-changing risk landscape. During this session, we will discuss:

·  Recent trends in Cybersecurity due to COVID-19;

· Top drivers impacting Cyber risk posture;

· Internal​ Audit’s role in assessing cybersecurity programs; and

· Discuss specific audits Internal Audit can execute to address cybersecurity risks.


Participants will walk away with an understanding of:

· Recent trends in Cybersecurity risks due to COVID-19, including top drivers impacting risk;

· Internal Audit’s role in assessing Cybersecurity risk and key areas of focus for risk evaluation;

· Potential frameworks that can be leveraged for conducting a cybersecurity program readiness assessment; and

· Considerations in selecting cybersecurity program maturity model (lagging vs. leading criteria).

Speaker –      David Florio, Grant Thornton LLP

Mohamed Elghazouly, Grant Thornton LLP

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David Florio is a Partner with Grant Thornton and has over 27 years of experience in public accounting and professional services. He has significant experience in Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Assurance, Risk Management, and Internal Controls evaluations across a wide variety of industries.

David is currently Grant Thornton’s Southern Ontario Advisory Leader and leads its Business Risk Services practice which provides services related to Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk Management, Governance, IT Risk and Assurance, and Cybersecurity.

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Mohamed Elghazouly’s expertise lies in the cybersecurity and privacy space. With an international career spanning over 20 years, he has worked with clients from a wide range of industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, banking, IT and telecommunications, education, health sciences, electronics and more. Mohamed currently leads the delivery of cybersecurity and privacy programs for Grant Thornton clients across Canada. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering as well as CISA, GSNA, CTRP, and other security and IT certifications. Mohamed volunteers with various cybersecurity programs across Canada. 


** Please note that access to Zoom is needed for this webinar **

As space is limited, please register online at the website noted below. Late registrations may not be accommodated due to space limitations. Substitutions are welcome.   

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Phone: 289-660-1447​



IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $56.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $64.99 (Plus HST)

Groups of 5 or more from the same organization receive a 10% discount per registration

CPE: 1.5 credits

Please Note:  There is a cancellation policy in effect.