Christine Smoley

Security Engineer at Clearco | Director of Advisory at Hackers for Change | Published Researcher

Toronto, CA


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How does this work?

Driven by the curiosity that once brought me to Toronto for a PhD, I apply my technical skillset and strategic ability within the field of cybersecurity, problem solving alongside teams of talented devop, information security, and business professionals to proactively implement, optimise, and maintain enterprise security systems. I have previously written and designed several research projects on the phenomenology of meaning, resulting in several publications and conference presentations in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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Work experience

Feb 2021 - Present

Hackers for Change

Director Of Advisory

Hackers for Change is a volunteer operated non-profit organization located in Toronto, Ontario. We provide other charities and non-profits with industry quality cybersecurity services, at no cost. In doing so, we are able to train Canada's next generation of cyber security professionals, and make our digital community that much more resilient.


Dec 2020 - Present


Security Engineer

Overseeing Clearco's security strategy - supporting people, establishing processes, and deploying technologies as the first security engineer with both technical and advisory functions.


Mar 2020 - Nov 2020

Paytm Labs

Security Engineer

Part of a small security engineering team, building and improving systems, tools, and processes to continuously assess and maintain the security of Paytm's network. • Bug Bounty Program Lead • Domain owner for Paytm's Threat Intelligence Program • Oversaw deployments of an agent-based IDR solution and static analysis tooling across our Canadian business, coordinating with devop leads to ensure 100% machine and repository coverage and the compliance of projects and repositories with in-house security standards, starting at the code level.


May 2019 - Mar 2020

Wembley Partners

Associate Partner

Acting in support of the CEO and Founder, I contributed my expertise and resources to help grow Wembley Partners; a small cybersecurity firm dedicated to helping mid-sized Canadian companies assess data breach risk, raise employee cyber awareness and formulate detailed incident response and cyber risk management plans.


Jan 2019 - Feb 2020

Paytm Labs

Jr. Security Engineer

• Actively assess environments for security vulnerabilities, including outdated and obsolete components, audits asset inventory, keeps up to date with CVEs and patches. • Monitor, triage, escalate alerts and incidents according to operational process and procedures, identifying and addressing root causes. • Participates in Cyber Hunt activities at the direction of Incident Manager using YARA rules, IOCs, and other threat intelligence to hunt for the latest cyber threats • Proactively implements and provides feedback on operational processes and procedures • Analyzes and documents security events and operations, producing both comprehensive reports and training documentation related to incident investigations as well as our tools and technologies • Responsible for understanding the global threat landscape


Mar 2019 - Jul 2019

University of Toronto

Assistant Instructor - Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Assistant Instructor for The School of Continuing Studies Cybersecurity program (24 weeks), responsible for facilitating student education across all facets of cybersecurity, including: • Network Architecture and Security • Command Line and Shell Scripting • Linux Administration • Web Development and Security • LAMP Stack Installation • Web Vulnerabilities (OWASP Top 10) and Hardening • SIEM • Incident Response & Forensics • Penetration Testing • Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC)


Sep 2018 - Apr 2019

Wembley Partners

Associate Consultant

• Represented the company at conferences and assimilated a business & sales mindset, understanding the importance of ROI and emphasizing business impact • Performed vulnerability assessment tasks and communicated findings • Demonstrate ability setting up and operating Linux distributions in VM environments for testing of remote Azure Cloud distributions


2017 - Aug 2018

University of Toronto

Chief Presiding Officer

Acted on behalf of the Office of the Registrar in administrating examinations across all faculties, including the Rotman School of Management, in strict accordance with UofT procedures and regulations. • Coordinated teams of faculty staff and teaching assistants, delegated tasks and ensured effective communication, ensuring the success and smooth running of all exams under my supervision • Optimized students' experience by providing a controlled, fair, and uniform environment conducive to exam writing • Facilitating effective inter-departmental cooperation for the achievement of shared educational goals


2017 - 2018

University of Toronto

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Taught Russian for the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Responsible for designing lesson plans following the course syllabus, conducting lessons, and marking homework and exams.

2016 - 2017

Australian Consulate

Assistant to The Honorary Australian Consul

• Built and maintained relationships with local companies headed by Australian and New Zealand nationals resulting in community-based knowledge sharing network • Facilitated organizational and institutional cooperation for the successful execution of events • Researched target audience and content for presentations and consulate events, advancing and advocating for positive Russian-Australian relations by means of 'soft' power • Represented Australia at consulate events with the aim of advocating and strengthening community engagement

2014 - 2014

Investment Strategists

Junior Advisor


2009 - 2014

Monash University

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (B.A. Hons.), Comparative Literature

2014 - 2015

University of Toronto

Master of Arts, Comparative Literature

2015 - 2016

European University at St. Petersburg

Master of Arts, Russian Language, Literature, and Philosophy

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