The Canadian Armed Forces

Colonel Dave Yarker joined the Canadian Forces in 1989, graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston in 1993. Following completion of Graduate studies in 1995 he completed Signals Officer Training and served with 2 Bde as a Signals Officer in both 427 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and 2 Combat Engineer Regiment.

He has served as the Canadian J6 on deployed operations in Kosovo and in Afghanistan. He has also served as a joint communications planner at the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment and Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.

Col Yarker has had the honour of unit command at both 2 Canadian Mechanised Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron and the Canadian Forces Network Operations Centre, the Canadian Armed Forces’ cyber defence unit.

He has been employed as staff in project management, operational planning and within the Strategic Joint Staff. On promotion to his current rank, he assumed the role of Director of Cyber Force development in August 2016.

He has completed undergraduate degrees in Engineering Physics and History and holds masters degrees in Engineering Physics and Defence Studies.

Recent News

October 9th 2018

Cloud security issues are a key focus at this year’s COUNTERMEASURE IT Security Conference, with in depth training as well as key presentation from industry leaders. Graham Thompson, who participated in our 2017 cloud security panel discussion, leads an intensive three day training course, Cloud Security Fundamentals & FedRAMP. IBM’s Jeff Crume will be giving a keynote presentation on Security in the Clouds, and Teri Radichel will present on Top Priorities for Cloud Application Security. For institutions with a cloud infrastructure, these sessions should not be missed.

September 20th 2018

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek join our growing list of speakers at COUNTERMEASURE 2018.  Their presentation on Security Self-Driving Cars will explore the future security issues of this emerging sector. 

In the not too distant future, we'll live in a world where computers are driving our cars. Soon, cars may not even have steering wheels or brake pedals. But, in this scenario, should we be worried about cyber attack of these vehicles? In this talk, two researchers who have headed self-driving car security teams for multiple companies will discuss how self driving cars work, how they might be attacked, and how they can ultimately be secured.
You can view their presentations and those of our other speakers here.

Cancellation Policy

Substitutions can be made at any time. Unfortunately we cannot refund registration fees. Each course is subject to a minimum number of students. In the unlikely event that a course must be cancelled due to low enrolment, full refunds will be provided to registered students.

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