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January 2019 Roundtable Event: Patrick Neal

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

January 2019 Roundtable Event: Cyber Kinetic Singularity

CASIS Vancouver proudly presents:

Patrick Neal, MA
CASIS Vancouver Vice President of Cyber Security and Head of National Cyber Security project

The words “cyber” “kinetic” and “singularity” are words surrounded by different meanings and often within different contexts. This presentation will explore when all three meet in the national security domain. Are we approaching a singularity where technology and human conflict are now woven into a single event where the human body reacts to a cyber event and the cyber event reacts to the human body? Part philosophy, all practical – at the root of the debate – how violence (the entire spectrum of violence) is now molded by information as the weapon of choice which in turn shapes our delivery of real physical violence (kinetic). Once the sole remit of government, violence is now truly available for anyone with access to information.



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 currently preparing to defend 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.  Within this focus, he is promoting and defining the emerging debate about the legalization of hackbacks, revenge attacks by cybercrime victims (online fraud, identity theft, defacing websites, and also modification / attack of infrastructure data).  His pursuit of a postdoc or industry consultation will be related to public policy development related to intelligence / analysis of cyber deterrence and lethality / weaponization of software as a lethal force continuum.



January 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


The Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies


SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3 Canada
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