Cybersecurity
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David Bruno Canadian Politician - David Bruno Politicien canadien
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Welcome WHO IS DAVID BRUNO

As founder and CEO of a global cyber security firm, David Bruno specialises in anti-fraud and anti-corporate espionage systems for banks and financial institutions worldwide. Through his company, Secure Swiss Data (now SafeSwiss®), he provides financial sector solutions for the digital and interactive e-commerce sectors. For 20 years he has worked to provide security protections to the masses. After completing his MA in International Relations & Communications in Spain, he was hired by a telecom company for their new office, working out of both Barcelona and Montreal as a business development manager. It was here that his career advocating for fraud prevention systems began. He has since taken a number of courses in topics including DDoS, identity theft, anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing.

On the fraud prevention count, David has a number of initiatives on the go. He has found a stigma attached to anyone who seeks privacy, in that they can some times be viewed as having something to hide. To further the interests of personal protection in the cyber world, he is working to change this perception so more will feel emboldened to act. He has invested his own money in a free encrypted email server for the public. Born of immigrant parents, he understands the challenges they face and makes a considerable effort to help refugees through the web site or at conferences. He educates on the surveillance of email in general and the importance of encryption, especially for vulnerable populations. He teaches ethics and anti-money laundering courses in the Canadian Region, and is working with the government on the development and refinement of its new digital charter, a cyber security policy named “Canada’s Digital Charter”.

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Priorities Why Security Matters

The last 20 years have ushered in a whole new digital era with an unprecedented onslaught of surveillance, data mining, online abuse and fraudulent activity. Many have suffered the consequences of personal data exposure or online harassment and believe these incidents often trace back to rogue governments around the world. Times have changed, and continue to change at a dizzying rate. We are experiencing a paradigm shift in humanity as a whole. David wants a public who understands the dangers before them and of engaging the virtual world without forethought. Deeply concerned with destructive bots and scandals surrounding social media and political platforms in general, as well as foreign interference in democracies around the world, David intends to harness his technological expertise to work toward better protections for families.

The inception of this mission occurred in Madrid, where David was offered a job with a telecom company, working out of both Spain and Canada. During this time, he quickly became convinced of the need to advocate for security and began immersing himself in the field. Since his Master’s Degree, he moved on to take a number of courses on topics such as DDoS, identity theft, anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing. His education was eye-opening and led to the establishment of Secure Swiss Data (now SafeSwiss®) and the work he does today. As principal consultant for financial institutions and banks worldwide, David educates on information security, anti-hack and anti-corporate espionage systems and provides financial sector solutions for the digital, interactive and FINTECH sectors.

In these treacherous times of hacking and fraud; David believes there is no greater time to prioritise cyber security for both citizens and governments. One project he is particularly proud of is his work with the Canadian government to develop its new “Digital Charter” and cyber security policy. For another, he offered a presentation to a group of young people on the evolution of, and problems with, sexting. He teaches ethics and anti-money laundering courses as well. And it is now his life’s mission to provide security to the disenfranchised through encrypted telephony and encrypted data services such as encrypted email.

“I am deeply concerned with destructive bots and scandals surrounding social media and political platforms in general, as well as foreign interference in democracies around the world. Canada is no exception. It is my mission to harness the technological expertise I’ve gained over the years and use it to help combat online abuses, and provide better protections for all citizens.”

“Apart from my work in Cyber Security, I also want to help and make sure we protect our physical environment by reducing our carbon footprint, as this too affects everything we do. We are facing an urgent call to help battle climate change, a global movement inspired by young people today. The elimination of single-use plastics is an example of the right way forward.” ~David

Political Experience

Political Experience and Cyber Security Activism
David’s activism began with his position as a business development manager for Quality Telecom, where he took on SMS fraud prevention systems. As telecom went from SMS to online credit card, he was part of the movement to further global KYC compliance in dealing with the banking industry and subsequent public policy. Then in 2009, a personal paradigm shift occurred after a death in the family, and his social activism for personal protections took off.

This led to a disturbing revelation several years later of another reality: the use of surveillance in discriminatory practices around the world. His extensive travel through multiple countries enabled fruitful insight. He thought of LGBTQ in authoritarian countries being watched by governments in order to put them in ghetto like camps and/or conversion therapy. He thought of some girls who are also victims of technology, tracked by cell phones with capacities they don’t understand, rounded up and sold for slavery by ISIS. He thought of refugees trying to find safety. This is when he started pushing government for better privacy protection for society’s most vulnerable, including refugees.

The threat of identity theft, data loss, election interference and cyber crime has never been greater and more widespread. All around the world democracies and citizens have had to contend with it. The proliferation of our data economy is significant and tends to dominate our lives. Our personal information is constantly under attack, often without our knowledge. Canada is a prime target and he is working hard on multiple levels, social, business & government, to help combat this trend. His crowning achievement – merging Secure Swiss Data with SafeSwiss®, a global leader in encryption – he has made encrypted messaging and voice calling integral to his life’s work, along with his cyber security public policy text writing for government.

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Priorities General Background

David’s “other” profession is known to many in Thunder Bay, where he has been serving the community for many years as part of a family-run business. Donato’s Bakery has long been a pillar in the region and has earned a strong reputation for philanthropy, something David and his brothers credits their mother with. Together, they routinely give back to the community, volunteering for charitable causes including sponsoring Syrian refugees. The bakery had hired three already. The business serves the full rainbow of peoples: Indigenous, Italian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Finnish, English, French, Scottish and now Syrian.

To help keep his century old family traditions alive, David returned to Italy with his late father as often as he could to get ingredients not available in Canada, such as the rare black anise seeds famously hand picked in the hills of Calabria.

The family has been celebrated for their work in the community several times, including one congratulatory scroll from the City of Thunder Bay presented in person by they then Mayor, Kieth Hobbs. This strong community reputation is not lost on those who visit the bakery ( DonatosBakery.com )

White Papers

The threat of identity theft, data loss, election interference and cyber crime has never been greater and more widespread. All around the world democracies and citizens have had to contend with it. Online fraud and destructive bots on social media create a toxic atmosphere.
The proliferation of our data economy is significant and tends to dominate our lives. Our personal information is constantly under attack. Our data is being mined at an unprecedented pace, often without our knowledge. And Canada is a prime target.

We all need to take heed. According to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), Canada is the third most vulnerable country in the world to cyber attacks. This affords carte blanche to rogue governments, nefarious corporations and bad actors to do as they please. For this reason the Canadian Government has found the need to develop a comprehensive Digital Charter. This Charter outlines ten principles that can be implemented to fight cyber crime and David’s policy contribution has been included. Furthermore, David’s White Papers on the subject have been well received by the Government and helped certain Ministers formulate national policy.

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