Eric Byres P.E.


Contact Details

PO Box 178
Lantzville, BC
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Recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of Critical Infrastructure Security, Eric Byres has been responsible for numerous standards, best practices and innovations for data communications/controls systems security in industrial environments. Eric’s work in Industrial Cyber Security spans both the academic and industry domains. As the founder of the BCIT Critical Infrastructure Security Centre, he shaped it into one of North America's leading academic facilities in the SCADA cyber-security, culminating in a SANS Institute Security Leadership Award in 2006. At the same time, Eric has provided security guidance to government security agencies, major oil companies and power utilities on cyber protection for critical infrastructures. Eric is also the chair of the ISA SP-99 Security Technologies Working Group, and the Canadian representative for IEC TC65/WG10, standards effort focusing on the development of international framework for the protection of process facilities from cyber attack. Some of Eric’s achievements include testifying to the US Congress on the “Security of Industrial Control Systems in National Critical Infrastructures” as well as receiving awards from international organizations. These include the IEEE Outstanding Industry Applications Article Prize in September 2000, the 2004 “Donald P. Eckman Education Award” and the 2005 “Keith Otto Award” presented by the International Society of Automation (ISA). Eric was made an ISA fellow in 2009.


University of British Columbia
1978 To 1981

Delbrook Senior Secondary

Job History

Tofino Security, part of Belden/Hirschmann
CTO and Vice President of Engineering
September 2011 - present

Byres Security Inc.
Chief Technology Officer
September 2006 - August 2011

Wurldtech Analytics Inc.
Director - Industrial Cyber Security
May 2006 - August 2006

Research Faculty & Manager of BCIT Critical Infrastructure Security Centre
August 2000 - May 2006

Artemis Industrial Networking Ltd.
Engineering Manager
May 1989 - March 2000

ABBA Automation Limited
Project Engineer
January 1987 - January 1989