Valarie Findlay

Valarie Findlay

Research Fellow, Police Foundation (US)

Valarie has over 15 years’ experience in providing strategic, operational-level cyber security expertise to a range of federal initiatives in defence and public security. She is a research fellow with the Police Foundation (US), and her current research focuses on human factors derived from body-worn camera footage, a joint effort with a New Jersey police department and West Point. Valarie holds a Masters in Terrorism Studies and is a member of the NATO Assoc. of Canada, the Cyber Committee with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), the International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police (US), Women in Defence (WIDS) and the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society.


A Cyber Retrospective and Peek into the Future | Wednesday, November 15 at 9:00 AM

(Please note that all Summit sessions will be presented in English)

Beginning with Web 1.0 and the hum and screech of modems, the advent of the publicly accessible Internet provided little indication of its future impacts to our day to day lives.

Evolving from what was really a new communications channel to the hyper-connected, multi-device world we know today, the Internet was the launch pad for other technologies that eliminated geographic boundaries in business and our social groupings and created multi-spectral human interactions in real-time. This was good – and bad. While the Internet and its watershed of technologies have transformed and enhanced our human activities, they have also introduced risks and threats, as well as unmitigated impacts to our fundamental behaviours. With the past thirty years having flown by and with major transformative technologies around the corner, Valarie will discuss how it is an opportune time to reflect on the dark parallel of cyber threats, their pivotal impacts, and what the future may hold.