Data Security and Protection Solutions – Case Studies

The phrase “handle with care” has never been more appropriate than when talking about research involving sensitive data. As emerging technologies increasingly offer new opportunities for distributing, sharing and remotely accessing information, researchers who work in fields handling private or sensitive data — such as computational criminology, e-health delivery, or private enterprise – face great challenges in ensuring the data they work with is kept secure. This session will present three case studies of leading edge research projects that rely on comprehesive data security measures and encryption tools. Each presenter will discuss the challenges and innovative solutions they’ve adopted to achieve their privacy objectives. 


Rozita Dara, Policy and Information Technology Officer, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Dr. Rozita Dara is currently working at the Office of Information Privacy Commissioner/Ontario as Privacy and Information Technology Officer. She received her M.Sc. degree in Computer Science, University of Guelph, in 2001. She finished her PhD in Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence Laboratory, System Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, in 2007. She joined Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) as a research scientist in 2005 until 2011. She has extensive experience in the area of software intelligence, data mining, user centric designs and knowledge systems. Her current research interests are in the area of data mining, intelligent reasoning, user centric design, and information privacy.

Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman, Lead, Privacy and Policy, Population Data BC

Caitlin Pencarrick Hertzman heads up privacy and policy at Population BC (PopData). She ensures that PopData is compliant with privacy legislation and in fact is a privacy forerunner in the research community. She has worked with PopData since 2007, previously leading business process management, and earlier data sourcing and communications. Caitlin is a Certified Information and Privacy Professional with IAPP.



Stephen Neville, Founder & Director, Centre for Advanced Security, Privacy, and Information Systems Research, University of Victoria

Stephen Neville is the Founder and Director of the University of Victoria Faculty o Engineering’s provincially supported Centre for Advanced Security, Privacy, and Information Systems Research (ASPIRe Centre). His research focuses on the engineering of larger-scale software systems and, particularly, understanding and mitigating their resulting cyber-security and cyber-privacy concerns. Stephen is one of 15 founding academic members of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC’s) national-level cyber-security focused strategic network – the Internetworked Systems Security Network (ISSNet). Stephen’s research expertise spans statistical signal processing, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and cyber-security, gained within both academia and industry.


Patricia Brantingham, Professor and RCMP University Research Chair in Computational Criminology



Intended Audience 


Session Duration

70 minutes

Session Schedule

Thursday May 3rd, 2012

2:20-3:30 p.m.

Fletcher Theatre (Room 1900)