Terry Cutler

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Terry Cutler
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Cybersecurity specialist
Years active 2005-present
Employer Cyology LabsTM
SIRCO investigation and protections
Organization Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance[1]
High Technology Crime Investigation Association[2]
and the Center for Internet Security[2]
Website terrycutler.com

Terry P. Cutler[3] is a Canadian Cyber security expert, CyologistTM,[4] and teacher, often described as an "Ethical Hacker" for his long term work with Cyber security and protection. Cutler is the founder, former Chief Technology Officer, and current Chief Executive Officer of Cyology Labs and the Director of cyber security at SIRCO investigation and protections. He is also the creator of "The Course On Internet Safety" e-learning. Cyology Labs focal point is cyber security and data safety. Prior to founding Cyology Labs in 2015, Cutler founded Digital Locksmiths, Inc. focusing on data security of cloud and mobile solutions. Cutler is an often cited source on Cyber security and has been featured on various televisions shows across Canada.

Cyber security work[edit]

From 2005 on Terry Cutler has worked in cyber security, starting out working with companies such as Novell Canada. As part of his work he became a Certified Ethical Hacker, leaning the methods of how hackers work and putting that knowledge to work to prevent illegal access to data or systems. Over the years his expertise in cyber security has led to him being featured on news shows across Canada when talking about online safety, identity theft, hacking and the rise of cyber bullying in the latter part of the 2000s and the 2010s.[5][6][7] He would also become a member of both High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS).[2] Over the years Cutler has been a regular contributor for Securityweek.com as part of their expert panels.[8]

In 2011 Cutler left Novell Canada and founded Digital Locksmiths, Inc., a Montreal-based company that focuses on data security and defense, especially in cloud and mobile solutions, and also served as its Chief Technology Officer.[9] In 2013 the company introduced a product known as S.P.E.C., (Security, Privacy, Electronic, Concierge) designed to help keep data safe.[10] Cutler was asked to use his expertise to assist author Robert Beggs as a technical reviewer for his book "Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing",[3] later calling it "A must have for your IT security library".[11] He would go on to create "The Course On Internet Safety" e-learning online courses, promoted under the umbrella of the "Internet Safety University".[12] The courses are designed to teach individuals how to keep their data safe and how to avoid unintentional breaches of personal data when online.[13] The course also addresses subjects such as sexting and cyberbullying, advising parents on how to identify it and how to deal with it if it happens to their children.[13] Cutler later described this initiative as "giving back to the community".[14]

In 2015 Cutler left Digital Locksmiths, Inc. to found Cyology LabsTM in Montreal, Quebec.[15] Cyology Labs focuses on cyber security and security testing, with Cutler serving as company's Chief Executive Officer. On his website he describes himself and his co-workers as "the white hats" as they fight crime, liking them to forensic experts as depicted on television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[14] In addition to his work with Cyology Labs he also serves as the director of cyber security for SIRCO investigation and protections,[16] a company that specializes in investigation and protection services as well as cyber crime and industrial and corporate espionage.[17]

In April 2016 Cutler was appointed to the national council of the Canadian Cybersecurity Alliance (CCA) as one of twelve people responsible for coordinating the CCA efforts with over 80 different groups who works with the CCA on the subject of cyber-security. Cutler was appointed the communications lead in the hope to create more cooperation between various cyber security groups as he remarked "We all complement each other, but nobody's talking to each other," and went on to state that because of the CCA initiative "you’ll have some of the brightest minds across Canada collaborating together."[1]


In May 2016 Terry Cutler created the term "Cyologist"TM to describe someone who works in the field of cyber security and was granted a trademark for the term in Canada.[4] The trademark definition listed the term, among other activities, as "Consulting services in the field of testing and assessing networked devices for cyber security vulnerabilities and risks" as well as "educational services, namely conducting courses, seminars, and training in the field of internet security and internet safety and responsible use of the internet, computers and internet enabled devices;".[4]

In a 2013 article Cutler described various aspects of the work at Digital Locksmith, and later at Cyology LabsTM, which in this instance was trying to gain access to a company's system and obtain sensitive data as part of the company's analysis. The work includes both actual "hacking" attempts, trying to gain entry through the firewalls from the outside through various means such as keystroke logging or denial-of-service attacks.[18] In addition to computer hacking Cutler would use other tricks to get inside access, describing a strategy where he would leave a USB key in a bathroom and wait for someone in the company to plug it in.[18] The example cited was used to illustrate other ways hackers try to gain access to sensitive data, highlighting often ignored aspects of data security.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Outside of his work Cutler is a long time practitioner of up-close magic, performing tricks and illusions for his family and friends.[14] He is also a practitioner of the martial arts form Aikido.[14]


  1. ^ a b Solomon, Howard (April 25, 2016). "Cybersecurity Alliance forms to help Canadian infosec groups work together". IT World Canada. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Terry Cutler Chief Technology Officer". Digital Locksmith Inc. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Beggs, Robert (June 24, 2014). "Credits". Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. Packt Publishing. ISBN 978-1782163121. 
  4. ^ a b c "Canadian trade-mark data". Canadian Intellectual Property Office. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ Special Report on Ethical Hacking, Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud TV interview on CBC the National. Canadian Broadcast Corporation. July 24, 2008. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Levy, Cami (July 16, 2010). "Today's Biggest Security Threats" (PDF). Processor. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "How to Protect Your Healthcare Identity and Security". Premier Reverse Mortgage. October 21, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Authors Terry Cutler". Security Week. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ Beggs, Robert (June 24, 2014). "About the reviewers". Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. Packt Publishing. ISBN 978-1782163121. 
  10. ^ "Digital Locksmiths introduces S.P.E.C. Mobile – Keeping your corporate brand safe!". iZita Marketing. May 9, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ Cutler, Terry. Mastering Kali Linux for Advanced Penetration Testing. ISBN 1782163123. 
  12. ^ "The Internet Safety University". Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Ethical hacker to spread cyber knowledge in new video course". Metro. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c d "About Terry Cutler – How I can help you". Terry Cutler. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Cyology Labs Inc". CA Company List. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Terry Cutler". SIRCO. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Company Profile". SIRCO. Retrieved July 16, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c Cutler, Terry (2013). "The USB Keys in the Urinal: A Cyber Security Story". IFSEC Global. Retrieved July 16, 2016.