Thames Valley joins expert panel on cyber security

Posted On Wednesday October 21, 2020

One of Thames Valley’s top information technology leaders has been appointed to the Ontario government's Expert Panel on Cybersecurity created recently to find ways to prevent attacks on public sector information systems.

“Cybersecurity has become an important issue for public sector bodies that collect and use personal information,” said Carolyn Glaser, Thames Valley’s Information Technology Services Manager, who will join the 10-member panel of experts from across the province.

“As the threats of cyber-attacks and hacking become more frequent globally, it's imperative that we take action now to improve our defences within the broader public sector," said Minister Thompson when announcing the creation of the expert panel on October 15, 2020.

A cyberattack targets computer information systems in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to computer networks and confidential information. For example, in 2018 hackers gained access to computer systems at two Ontario children’s aid societies. 

The expert panel will submit a final report in the fall of 2022, with findings and recommendations to address common vulnerabilities. The report is aimed at preventing future cyber-attacks and equipping the government to better support broader public service agencies.

The broader public sector delivers more than 80 per cent of public services in Ontario.

Carolyn Glaser is also a board director and secretary of the Educational Computing Network of Ontario and a project manager professional member with the Project Management Institute.

More information on the government’s announcement on the Expert Panel on Cybersecurity can be found at this link: