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February 8th, 2019 meeting

Fri, Feb. 8, 2019 2:00pm — 4:00pm

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February 8th, 2019


2:00pm to 4:00pm (PST)


KPMG KCampus - 11th floor

777 Dunsmuir Street, V7Y 1K3, Vancouver B.C.

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Ethics of Active Defence


Patrick Neal, Rob Slade (M. Sc., CISSP)




This presentation takes the position of active defence as a moral and ethical obligation of the Information Society which must be embedded in public policy and framed into legislative and regulatory instruments. Starting with a short history of strikeback lobbying, the presentation then presents a moral and ethical framework for promoting active defence as a societal obligation.  Taking this position, it is proposed active defence be linked to the society's collective safety and security.  The presentation is based on four years of exploratory doctoral research examining corporate decision makers attitudes towards active cyber defence.  The research include industry/government consultation, survey methodology, and utilization of established social contract theory, cyber deterrence, deterrence, and information theory.



Patrick Neal has been involved in the justice and public safety field since 1982. He has been a soldier, prison librarian, security supervisor, investigator, and policy researcher.  In 2010 he became the Crime and Intelligence Analysis Program Coordinator in the Forensic Science and Technology department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Throughout his career, he has used data and information to; develop better responses to justice and public safety incidents, inform policy development, develop insights into how people search for and use data and information. He completed his Master of Arts (Royal Roads University) degree during which he studied the information seeking behavior of police officers. He is awaiting the award of his Doctor of Social Sciences (Royal Roads University) thesis: Protecting the Information Society: An Exploratory Study of Corporate Decision makers’ attitudes towards Active Cyber Defence.  His special area of interest is cyber deterrence, information weaponization, social contract theory, and intelligence /analysis within the cyber domain.  His other life includes a passion for museums, old books, antiques, and fishing.

Rob Slade has a copy of John Rawls' "Social Justice," which he probably hasn't cracked since university. More information than anyone would want to know about him is available at



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