Matthew McCallum

Matthew McCallum

Director, Cyber Breach Response
Matthew (Matt) McCallum is Cytelligence’s Director of Cyber Breach Response, managing Cytelligence’s talent pool when organizations—governments, utilities, corporations, privately held businesses, and not-for-profits—are under attack from hackers, whether those hackers are working for foreign governments (mainly Russia, China, North Korea, Romania, and Brazil), hackers working for organized crime, “freelancers,” or so-called “script kiddies”—bored and bold teenagers flexing their computer coding skills. Having investigated numerous cybersecurity breaches over the years, it is Matt’s firm belief that security breaches and security incidents are inevitable:  it’s not “if,” but “when.” Or, put another way, “there are companies that have been hacked—and companies that have not been hacked yet.” This belief is backed up by statistics, not overt pessimism. For many organizations, getting hacked is inevitable. When clients have been hacked, Matt’s primary focus is information security incident response and investigation. This means coordinating teams of investigators, security specialists, and forensic specialists both at the client’s site and Cytelligence’s headquarters. The first hours of a cybersecurity breach are critical. Effective cyber breach response is comprised of these 3 steps: 1) the implementation of effective monitoring; 2) a focus on incident response planning and preparation; and 3) the application of basic information security ‘best practices’ that are all too often neglected, that can prevent information security incidents from becoming data breaches. Should a data breach still occur despite these 3 steps, these controls will still help to contain the cost of the data breach and enable the organization to resume business operations as quickly as possible. Throughout his career, Matt has worked to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of clients’ information systems. Matt has significant experience working in the information technology, financial, and real estate industries. In previous roles, Matt has either lead the defence of, or assisted in the defence of, critical business information, as well as supporting the systems that ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical information. Matt holds an Honors degree from Queen’s University and has a Computer Systems Technology – Networking diploma from Centennial College. He is also GCIH (GIAC Certified Incident Handler) and CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certified). Matt is a member of the GIAC/SANS, the highest standard in cybersecurity certifications, Advisory Board mailing list where discussions regarding the future direction of GIAC/SANS exams are held. Call Matt McCallum at 1.416.304.3934 or email MMcCallum@cytelligence.com