Cybersecurity Workshop (Draft)

Kristina Cormier, Ajitesh Parihar, Dr. Youry Khmelevsky, IBA Group
Computer Science, Okanagan College

Cybersecurity Workshop (Draft)

Time & Date: 09:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., August 7th, 2024
Location: Room HS-101 and online in Zoom, Computer Science Department, Okanagan College (in-person and online)
Registration (will be open soon):


With the ever-increasing rate of cyber-attacks and data breaches, it has become essential for everyone to be aware of at least the basics of cybersecurity to safeguard themselves from harm. With this workshop, we aim to equip people with knowledge of techniques used by attackers and ways to defend against them, along with best practices for working with sensitive data. The workshop will include sessions by industry experts and demonstrations for practical applications of cybersecurity concepts and tools. After the workshop, students will present their capstone project in collaboration with an industry partner about using machine learning to automate business processes.  

Our invited speakers and demonstrations will cover the following topics: 

  • Best practices for safeguarding against cyber attacks 
  • Importance of good policies for cyber security at organizations 
  • Online Privacy 
  • Data encryption and decryption techniques 
  • Data anonymization and deanonymization for researchers 
  • Impact of cyber-criminal organizations on businesses and governments 
  • Penetration testing for vulnerability mitigation

The Workshop Agenda:

  1. Registration and Breakfast (8:00 am – 09:00 am)
  2. Welcome and Opening Remarks (9:00 am – 9:15 am)
  3. An Invited Speaker, IT Services/Security Manager, Okanagan College (9:15 am – 10:00 am)
  4. Coffee Break (10:00 am – 10:15 am)
  5. An Invited Speaker from Industry (10:15 am – 11:00 am)
  6. Coffee Break (11:00 am – 11:15 am)
  7. An Invited Speaker from Academia (11:15 am – 12:00 pm)
  8. Lunch Break (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
  9. Penetration Test from Industry (IBA Group) demonstration aims to help prevent (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm):
    • Data breaches and reputational losses worth millions of dollars
    • Unexpected fines and compensations resulted from exposed security vulnerabilities
    • Shutting down of service/product/business
    • Loss of customers and their trust
  10. Coffee break (2:00 pm – 2:15 pm)
  11. Workshop from Academia (2:15 pm – 3:30 pm)
  12. The COSC (OC) Students Capstone Project results presentation (3:30 pm – 4:15 pm)
  13. Round Table (4:15 pm – 5 pm)


Ajitesh Parihar is a third-year Computer Science student and a Research Assistant at Okanagan College. He is a tech enthusiast who enjoys learning about innovations and technologies and is passionate about software engineering, cyber security, and algorithms. Ajitesh is excited to get more involved as a Board Member of the IEEE Student Branch and to meet and work with talented individuals.

Sergii Baibara currently serves as the Director of IBA BGroup, a Regional office of IBA Group, a position he has held since July 2012. IBA Group—30 years in IT business, started as a JV with IBM. He has 26 years of experience in the IT software business, Including S&T AG and SAS Institute. Sergii has been developing RPA practices since 2016.

IBA Group (Security Services): 
IBA Group is one of the largest IT service providers in the CEE region and has a worldwide organizational structure. It offers a portfolio of proprietary products that address different customers’ needs. Its software products are designed using the latest technologies and proven techniques. The company’s more than 30 years of experience in software development have helped it solve diverse business problems.

Kristina Cormier is a third-year Computer Science student at Okanagan College. She has a nursing background and recently discovered a passion for machine learning algorithms. Kristina is a board member of the Okanagan College IEEE Student Branch. She assists with organizing events and volunteering. Kristina truly enjoys being a mentor and helping others.

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Pizza and Refreshments will be provided