Information Technology Risk & Security Advisory Services

tara@it-rs.org

Accomplishments


Significant Initiatives

Tara has undertaken a range of major initiatives over the course of her career.  She has led the development and implementation of Information Technology, Information Risk and Information Security strategies and associated work plans on multi million dollar initiatives.  She has fostered strong relationships in support of LEAN implementations within Visa, TD, RBC and BMO resulting in cost savings of several million dollars.


Bank of Montreal

The primary function of the head of IT Risk Management, Corporate Support Areas (ITRM CSAs) is to lead the Information Risk (IR) and Technology Risk Management CSAs, and Technology Operational Risk Management functions. This includes, but is not limited to, leadership of IR and IT CSAs across the enterprise and implementation of the Corporate Operational Risk Management Framework (ORMF) for IR and IT Risk.  As the head of ITRM CSAs, this role leads the Technology Operational Risk function to support GITRM and technology for all operational risk categories.

Royal Bank of Canada

Tara led a global cross-functional IT Risk team to support the Wealth Management business segment. She worked with a team to implement several enterprise technology initiatives within Wealth Management to include identity and access management, data loss prevention, information security awareness training, and compliance to policy. She led the development and implementation of IT Risk strategy and associated work plans in support of a multi-year, strategic business program focused on redesigning Wealth Management globally.

TD Bank

Tara was originally hired to lead a team of Business Technology Risk Managers (BTRMs) to support Canadian Banking (TDCT) and TD Insurance.  She transitioned to lead a team of BTRMs to support Canadian Banking, Canadian Auto Finance, Canadian Cards, North American Merchant Services, and Payment Card Industry initiatives across the enterprise.  She was directly involved in significant mergers and acquisitions, including leading a team of BTRMs to support TD's multi-million dollar acquisitions to augment the cards business segment (specifically MBNA, TD Visa-Aeroplan, UGO, and Target).

CIBC

Tara was a system developer responsible for building, installing and modifying the code for the Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) along with the testing of Mondex through a wireless connection.

nTT/Brookfield Global Asset Management

Tara was responsible to lead the project implementation for the Real Time Threat Management (RTM) - as - a -service - solution.  This involved working with cross functional teams and third party companies to facilitate a seamless technology implementation.  This included utlizing technology, risk, compliance and security expertise, along with strong executive acumen to ensure state of the art security alerting, monitoring and reporting was in place and support by a newly established 24 x 7 security operations centre.

ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY

Tara was responsible to develop the cyber security risk management and vulnerability management program.  This included policy development in support of the University's Digital Security Program.


Blackberry

Tara collaborated with a team to develop the payment security area within Blackberry and provided leadership and effective management to influence strategic initiatives across the organization.

Visa Inc.

Tara was originally hired by this global payment technology company to lead specific Canadian and Global risk and security programs.  Her expertise was leveraged to design, build, assess and advise on payment system risk and security initiatives globally.  She conducted approximately 300+ information security assessments and various training programs on behalf of Visa.

She was later assigned to manage information security in the Canadian region and globalize key security controls. She was entrusted with broader responsibility for both external and internal threats associated with technology, interfacing with business leads and/or respective geographical locations. She represented Visa at the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) on the Technical Working Group (TWG) and was responsible for:

• Payment Card Industry (PCI)
• Data Security Standards (DSS)
• PCI Payment Application (PA-DSS)
• PCI PIN Security/PED Testing & Card Vendor
• 3D Secure
• Mobile Security



Seneca College

Tara was appointed by this academic institution to provide academic teaching within the School of Computer Studies to include curriculum management.  As the curriculum coordinator, she assumed comprehensive accountability for curriculum development, lesson planning, assignment design and selection of resource materials.