Brandon Laur


Brandon Laur


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Brandon Laur is a master’s student at Royal Roads University, specializing in professional communication. His bachelor degree is in Sociology, with a minor in Technology and Society. Brandon's background is a varied assortment of academic studies and professional work placements.  His profession and passion is functioning as a cybersecurity specialist and privacy advocate. Brandon has been employed with the family business for the last 12 years starting all the way back to when he was ten years old assisting with lectures that thoroughly educated students on approaches to remain safe on the school-grounds and in the community. Since May 2013, Brandon has been operating in a management position that oversees special project developments and is currently administrating and contributing to the corporate blog that provides clients and public visitors relevant security information. In grade 9, with all the technological advancements at the time, Brandon began experimenting with the white hat hacker culture. It was then that the company began offering educational services to address some of the concerns Brandon had been discovering. Today, cybersecurity and privacy is the primary focus of the business, largely in part due to Brandon’s interests and research. Now, Brandon’s primary occupational role is also a diverse variety of responsibilities in the online security field. Brandon overlooks operational and logistical aspects of Personal Protection Systems technological assets. Brandon also actively facilitates educational programs designed for students from all ages, parents, senior citizens, and business professionals. In addition to these responsibilities, Brandon is continuing to receive training in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to use in conjunction with his security background.

 

Brandon’s other passion is studying interpersonal communication through digital mediums. Academically, Brandon recognized a need to adopt the social sciences in the analysis of security, not just solely relying on computer sciences and engineering. In Brandon’s experience, cybersecurity is not all about firewalls and antiviruses. A considerable part of security and privacy is the human and social factor, including the communication components of security, both proactive and reactive. From a privacy standpoint, communication is the sole element in that field of study, from policy analysis to the implementation of systems that mediate private communication. Without communication, these issues would not exist. Recent research projects that Brandon has participated in include social norm development in virtual environments, digital biopower, internet addiction, disinhibition, technological vulnerabilities in the medical industry, and social network capital.

 

Brandon’s real world experience as a young adult using social media and the internet has played a major role in the development of all internet and social media safety programs offered through the family company, Personal Protection Systems.


In February 2017 The BC Government & Radius SFU awarded Brandon, with the 2017 BC Social Innovations Youth Award for his work and advocacy with youth, tweens, teens and adults in the areas of Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy 

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