Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology. He commenced as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs in January 2017, before having his mandate expanded to reflect the central role that technology issues have in geopolitics.
He leads Australia’s Whole of Government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in cyberspace and critical technology.
Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Following that, he led the creation of Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy.
Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment, Dr Feakin was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 where he established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Prior to this he was Director for National Security and Resilience at the Royal United Services Institute in London from 2006-2012.
Ambassador Feakin is a Senior Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute and a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s FinCyber Advisory Group which focuses on developing an International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System.
Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.
Jessica commenced her national security career in 2004 through a government scholarship program in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), before joining the-then Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) as a graduate in 2005.
Her 15 year career has had a strong focus on national security operations. She currently heads up the Cyber Security Threat Intelligence mission within the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Jessica has represented ASD in two overseas postings with two key partners both in the US and within the UK, where she played an integral leadership role in partnering to establish the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Jessica is passionate about staff development and leadership initiatives and is a mentor to members of the National Intelligence Community. In her spare time, Jessica is ASD’s SES gender champion, Chair of ASD’s Women’s Leadership Council and ASD’s Head of Analysis.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Arabic Language), a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations), a Masters in Strategic Studies and has completed the UNSW Executive Leadership program. She is married and has two daughters who keep her busy.
Rachael Falk is one of Australia’s foremost cyber security experts and commentators.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Rachael leads a cutting-edge program of cyber security research collaboration between government, industry and research institutions. The aim is impact, lifting Australia’s cyber security capacity and capability and creating innovative solutions for the ever-evolving problems of our interconnected world.
Rachael was recently appointed to the Federal Government’s Industry Advisory Committee, which will help guide the implementation of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020, and was Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence. She has a background in commercial law and cyber security, practising as a lawyer at top-tier firms in Australia and the UK and in-house for Telstra.
She holds an Advanced Masters in National Security Policy (Hons) from the National Security College (ANU), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (UTS) and Bachelor of Arts (ANU).
Assistant Minister Andrew Hastie MP is a member of the Australian Parliament, representing the electorate of Canning in the House of Representatives.
Hastie completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Philosophy through the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. In 2006, he graduated officer training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
In 2009, Hastie deployed to Afghanistan as a Cavalry Troop Leader. In 2010, he was selected for service with the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) as a Troop Commander, taking commands in maritime and special reconnaissance capabilities. He deployed to Afghanistan again in 2013 as a Troop Commander with the Australian Special Operations Task Group. During his service with the SASR, he deployed to various theatres in the Middle East and Indo-Pacific.
Hastie resigned from the ADF in 2015 to successfully contest the Canning by-election for the Liberal Party of Australia. He was re-elected in the general elections of 2016 and 2019.
From January 2017 to December 2020 Hastie has served as Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security. His work in this capacity focused on national security, including counter-terrorism, espionage and foreign interference.
Hastie was sworn in as the Morrison Government’s Assistant Minister for Defence on 22 December 2020.
Tim Watts is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Communications and Cyber Security and the Federal member for Gellibrand. Since being elected, Tim has been an active advocate on issues ranging from family violence, Australian aid, cyber security, refugee and asylum policy, cycling and Australia’s engagement with Asia. Before entering Parliament, Tim worked in the Australian telecommunications and IT sectors for the better part of a decade. He holds a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Public Policy and Management from Monash University and a Bachelor of Laws from Bond University.
Before joining CyberCX as Chief Strategy Officer, Alastair was a National Cyber Security Adviser, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (Australian Signals Directorate), Australia’s first e-Safety Commissioner and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security. Alastair established the Australian Federal Police’s high-tech crime centre during his long service with the Australian Federal Police, and previously worked at eBay as its senior director of trust, safety and customer support, and as the local CEO of InfoSec certification not-for-profit CREST Australia.
As Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer Asia Pacific, Narelle is responsible for the company’s cyber security operations, intelligence, risk, governance, compliance, development and engagement. Narelle balances these responsibilities with raising her five year old daughter and one year old son (with help from her husband, Michael).
Narelle began her career as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, eventually assuming the role of the Navy’s first Director Cyber Warfare. In 2016, Narelle left the Navy to pursue her next chapter in the public service and was appointed the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Human Services. In this role, she transformed the cyber organisation, building a new state of the art Cyber Security Operations Centre and uplifting the capability from 25 to 250 personnel.
Narelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems and English, a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Systems Engineering. In addition to her love of cyber operations she is passionate about workplace culture, diversity, training and recruitment and is a current member of the RSAC Advisory Board and the AISA Executive Advisory Board.
Narelle was a finalist in the 2019 CSO AWSN inaugural Women in Security awards in the Security Champion category. In 2018 she received the CISO Lens Industry Leadership Acknowledgment; and in 2016 was on the Australia Day Honours List, being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in recognition of meritorious achievement as the Deputy Director – Cyber (Maritime) in Joint Capability Coordination Division.
Kylie McDevitt started her career in technology by studying Engineering at ANU in the late 90s. She worked as a telecommunications engineer for Telstra before pausing her career briefly to have her three children, whom she adores. She often takes breaks from her hectic schedule to ensure she has time with her family.
Kylie reinvigorated her career by accepting a job at the Australian Signals Directorate, where she migrated her established networking skills into the cyber security realm. While working for ASD,
Kylie completed her Masters in Computer Networking and had the opportunity to attend many specialist industry training courses.
Kylie is a founder of Australia’s largest hacker conference, BSides Canberra. BSides Canberra is a conference focussed on the technical aspects of cyber security. The conference is wholly volunteer run with a low ticket cost, encouraging all to participate regardless of their skill level. Kylie continued to share her knowledge, by accepting a casual teaching position at University of New South Wales, teaching a postgraduate course in Cyber Defence.
After 12 years, Kylie has resigned from ASD to pursue her dreams of cyber security community growth and education through her own company, InfoSect.
Kylie is passionate about sharing knowledge, supporting community growth, women in cyber security and of course, ensuring Australia has a good security posture.
Maarten Van Horenbeeck is Chief Information Security Officer of Zendesk. He is also a Board Member and former Chairman of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), a non-profit association of 530 security teams in 96 countries. He has over 15 years of experience managing security organizations, which includes building the cybersecurity threat intelligence team at Amazon and work on the Security teams at Google and Microsoft. He holds a master’s degree in information security from Edith Cowan University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Freie Universitat Berlin.
Paula Januszkiewicz is a CEO and Founder of CQURE Inc. and CQURE Academy. She is also Enterprise Security MVP, honorable Microsoft Regional Director for CEE and a world class cybersecurity expert, consulting Customers all around the world. In 2017, she graduated from Harvard Business School.
Paula has 15 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, performing penetration tests, architecture consulting, trainings and seminars. She has performed hundreds of security projects, including those for governmental organisations and big enterprises, at the same time being a top speaker and a keynote speaker at many well-known conferences, including Microsoft Ignite (rated No 1 Speaker among 1100 speakers at a conference with 26000 attendees), RSA (in 2017 in San Francisco her session was one of the 5 hottest sessions), Black Hat, TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, TechEd Middle East, CyberCrime etc., where she is often rated as No 1 speaker. She also creates security awareness programs for various organisations, including awareness sessions for top management (telecoms, banks, government etc.). She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others.
In private, she enjoys working with her research team, converting the results of her findings to authored leading-edge trainings and tools used in practice in projects. She wrote a book about Threat Management Gateway and she’s currently working on the next one… so stay tuned for more. Recently, Paula has become a member of the Technical Advisory Board at Royal Bank of Scotland – helping to keep its security at the highest level possible!
She has access to a source code of Windows, an honor granted to just few people around the world!
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned authority on technology and security with a level-headed, must-hear message for any audience concerned about our security and privacy. A highly respected and prolific author, he has written on the benefits and challenges of our intensifying surveillance society, analysis and commentary on the security issues of our times, how-to advice on protecting your data and email privacy, and technical work on cryptography and security economics. Bruce Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is the Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, Inc.
He is the author of the forthcoming book, Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World (September 2018).
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Bruce Schneier is the author of fifteen books on general security topics, computer security, and cryptography, including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath. In his newest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era. He’s been writing a monthly newsletter since 1998 (Crypto-Gram) and a blog on security issues since 2004 (Schneier on Security), reaching an audience of more than 250,000 people — plus hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World:
We are all under surveillance right now and the powers that surveil us use the data they collect. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. But have we given up more than we’ve gained? In his bestselling book Data and Goliath, Bruce Schneier offers a different path to security, one that would reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models while providing consumers and citizens with usable tips for protecting our privacy.
Bruce Schneier comments on the security issues of the day with pragmatic wisdom born of extensive experience in the field and a deep ethical commitment to real security and personal privacy. A critic of many of our current efforts, he coined such internet memes as “security theater” to describe many of the Transportation Security Administration’s airport security measures and the phrase “movie-plot threats” to explain the popularity of measures that appeal to the public and legislators but do not counter real-life threats. He speaks about privacy and surveillance, security and the Internet of Things, nation-state cyber conflict, and many other issues.
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University
Fellow, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Chief Technology Officer, IBM Resilient, a cyber security firm recently acquired by IBM
Board Member, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Advisory Board Member, Electronic Privacy Information Center
When NASA classified Karl as non-astronaut material in 1981 he walked straight into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off from there. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.
Since then, his media career has exploded from radio, to TV, books, newspapers, magazines, scripting, professional speaking, podcasts and the internet.
Karl made his TV debut in 1985 as the presenter of the first series of Quantum. Since 1986 he has reported science on the Midday Show, Good Morning Australia (including a full-time stint in 1991-2 as the TV Weatherman and science reporter), the Today Show and Sunrise. Alongside his fellow geek Adam Spencer, he has written and co-produced two series of Sleek Geeks for ABC TV.
Karl popularises science on ABC radio stations across Australia and, on the BBC, for several hours each week. Many of you will be familiar with the original talk back programme each Thursday on triple j from 11 am to midday.
Karl has written (so far) 45 books, beginning with ‘Great Moments In Science’ in 1984, and includes such titles as ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So…’Bro’ (2006), which was launched, quite literally, via rocket at Sydney’s Bondi Beach (a world first).
November 2009 saw the simultaneous release of Karl’s 28th book, ‘Never Mind The BULLocks…Here’s the Science’, board game (‘Fact OR Fishy’), and first ever music single, ‘Get Fact’. In August 2010 Karl’s 29th book, ‘Dinosaurs Aren’t Dead’, was released. In November 2010, Karl’s 30th book, ‘Curious & Curiouser’, was released into the adult non-fiction market. Dr Karl released two kids’ activity books ‘Dr Karl’s Little Book of Dinos’ and ‘Dr Karl’s Little Books of Space’ in June 2017.
His latest book is in full colour, with brilliant and funny illustrations, suitable for kids and adults alike, ‘Dr Karl’s Random Road Trip Through Science’ was released in October 2019. It is also the first of his books to come with Augmented Reality! Watch Dr Karl pop-up from the pages and introduce each chapter!
In 1996 Karl was invited by the United States Information Agency to be a Distinguished Foreign Guest in their International Visitor Program. Previous Alumni of this program include Julius Nyere, Anwar Sadat, Indira Ghandi and Margaret Thatcher. As part of this program he visited NORAD, Dryden Air Force Base and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – and got to sit in the front seat of an SR-71 Blackbird.
In August 2000 Karl was one of first eight Australian Apple Masters to be announced (there are fewer than 100 in the entire world). The Apple Masters Program celebrates the achievements of people who are changing the world through their passion and vision, while inspiring new approaches to creative thinking.
In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue.
Ms Abigail Bradshaw is the Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s efforts to improve cyber security.
Throughout her career, Ms Bradshaw has held key National Security Operations roles where she has lead whole of government operations, as well as policy and international roles, focussing on advancing Australia’s national security agenda.
Ms Bradshaw has previously worked within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), most recently as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency. Prior to that, Ms Bradshaw was the head of the National Security Division, providing advice and coordinating proposals to the Prime Minister, his office and the National Security Committee (NSC) on key national security issues.
Ms Bradshaw has also held senior roles in the Department of Home Affairs, leading offshore resources covering Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, and as the Department’s inaugural Chief Risk Officer. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Commander of Maritime Border Command during the height of the people smuggling trade.
Ms Bradshaw began her career in the Royal Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies.
Huon Curtis is an Analyst and Project Manager with ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre.
Between 2015-2020, he worked in the education sector including at the University of Sydney Business School; the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (UTS); the United States Study Centre and Department of Political Economy, Sydney. In 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung – WZB Berlin.
His research explores the social and economic implications of new technology, particularly artificial intelligence. His research offers new ways to understand and respond to the workforce challenges posed by new technologies, with a particular focus on productivity, skills development and economic policy.
Dr. Curtis holds a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Sydney (2016) and a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences with First Class Honours. He has taught extensively with a particular focus on US economic policy. He has delivered research to a range inter-government stakeholders including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Eurofound, as well as national and state agencies including the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Teachers’ Federation.
Dianne Lawrence is the Regional Director of Oceania at Blancco Technology Group. She has been involved in IT services, software and security for more than 15 years.
She has led and managed global teams to deploy data erasure and diagnostic software.
With a keen eye for sustainable data sanitisation processes, Dianne helps organizations improve their security posture and address corporate social responsibility requirements, while also ensuring compliance with local and global data privacy requirements.
She advises clients on privacy, data protection processes, and information security issues.
Her accomplishments include deploying some of the most cutting edge data erasure and mobile diagnostic software projects to Telco’s, Large Enterprise and Government Departments.
Dianne holds an EMBA from RMIT University and is a member of the Australian Women in Security Network who’s mission is to support, connect and inspire women working in security.
Mark is a respected IT security professional with over 25 years of experience across a diverse range of roles, organisations and industries. As an executive leader with a strong technical background, Mark helps translate the highly technical aspects of cyber security into insights that business leaders can use to make informed decisions.
As the AAPAC lead for Cyber Defense at Accenture, Mark has led the development of local technical cyber capabilities across ANZ, MET, ASEAN and Japan, bringing the best of Accenture’s global capability to the AAPAC region. These Cyber Defense capabilities include offensive security, cyber threat intelligence, cyber incident response, as well as a diverse range of consulting services aimed at helping companies maximise the value they realise through their investments in technology and capability.
Recently, Mark and his team in Australia have led the incident response activities for some of the largest ransomware and nation state-based attacks on prominent Australian businesses. His team has also established cyber detection and response capabilities to protect millions of medical records and government operations abroad.
Tim Wellsmore is the head of Intelligence and Government security programs for FireEye Mandiant across Asia Pacific and Japan. He is responsible for leading strategic and tactical intelligence outcomes for FireEye Mandiant clients against a range of cyber threat adversaries, as well as developing and driving all regional Government security projects and related outcomes. This role includes the development and execution of national government mission support solutions for this large geography incorporating the full breadth and depth of FireEye Mandiant capabilities against both cyber espionage and cybercrime threats.
Kaustubh is a seasoned & certified resiliency professional with experience in strategic as well as technological aspects of business. His experience spans in the areas of Cyber resiliency, Business Continuity as well as IT Disaster Recovery Planning (BCP/DRP) & management, Information security implementation & consulting, Operational risk management, Assurance services & Compliance management.
He is currently the IBM Business Resiliency Services Leader for the A/NZ geography. He leads engagements and opportunities in the areas of Cyber Resilience, Disaster Recovery, Data Protection & Backup, Resiliency Orchestration, Resiliency Advisory & Consulting Services, Data centre hosting and management as well as Work area recovery for the region.
As a practice leader, he leads a team of specialists across A/NZ region while also directly working on key regional opportunities. As an advisory leader, he is responsible for building client relationships, drive key engagements with clients by understanding their business issues and proactively sharing market insights and solutions around technology risk management.
Kaustubh was recognized as the Continuity & Resilience Consultant in the BCI India awards in 2015 and was a Finalist in the CIR Business continuity awards 2015. He has numerous publications in multiple international magazines such as BCI Continuity, ISC2 Infosecurity Professional and has been a speaker at the Gartner Security & Risk Summit 2019, Cisco live 2019 and BCMWorld Conference in 2013 & 2015.
Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is a Certified Information Security Manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT across the finance sector, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.
Dr Dave Ormrod is Terra Schwartz’s Head of Cyber, with 24 years of international experience. Dave has experience in Defence, Government, Telecommunication and Academic sectors. Dave adopts a risk-based, intelligence-led and mission-focused approach, as a trusted partner for strategic cyber-security advice against various threats and across different ecosystems. Dave has a PhD in Computer Science, in addition to various post-graduate qualifications and certifications, including a Masters of Information Management, inclusion in the Australian Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA). Dave enjoys collecting Scotch Whisky and books between adventures.
James manages BAE Systems Applied Intelligence’s cyber security capability in APAC. As a member of the team, he works on state and national level government cyber security programs to assist nation states in the protection of their critical information assets and systems.
His role is to oversee the delivery of all cyber security services engagements in APAC, provide specialist cyber security advice, and manage the delivery of both staff and large scale programs of work for our clients. He is a SME in state and national level cyber defence, and frequently speaks at events, focusing on threat intelligence, military platform protection and national cyber defence frameworks.
He is a trusted advisor to agency/ministry directors and C-level executives and has delivered a wide range of consulting and infrastructure engagements across a variety of industries. Prior to his current role, James spent five years working in Singapore and Malaysia, helping scope and deliver large scale national cyber defence projects for countries throughout Asia.
This breadth of international knowledge and experience is coupled with a proven ability to communicate with stakeholders at all levels, and has provided a vital bridge for BAE Systems’ clients between management and the technical world of IT security.
Daisy Wong is an experienced cyber security professional with experience across the IT and financial industries and currently works at the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria as their Cyber Culture and Engagement Lead. Using her marketing, behavioural studies and project management skills, she is passionate about making cyber security a part of the Victorian Government’s culture. She is also AWSN’s 2020 Winner of the One To Watch Award, which celebrates women who are either master problem solvers, tech wizard with superior communication and security skills, or powerhouse security specialists that are slated for continual distinction.
Mike Thompson is CTO of HackHunter, which detects malicious WiFi and drones, alerts in real-time and locates the source precisely, to within a few centimetres. Previously Mike was CISO at an insurance company, ran the Security Consulting practice of SMS Consulting, and was security consultant to over 50 organisations including Telstra, NAB and the Privacy Commission.
Annelies Moens is Managing Director at Privcore and TrustArc’s Senior Privacy Consultant for the Asia Pacific. Her vision is to make privacy core business – a discipline integral to business and government. In recognition for her privacy expertise, Annelies was selected as one of Australia’s Superstars of STEM in 2021-2022. A frequent presenter at national and international forums, Annelies is a widely recognised global data privacy expert and thought leader with nearly 20 years’ experience.
Annelies co-founded the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in Australia and New Zealand in 2008, and was its President in 2011-2012. Annelies has been consulting in privacy since 2012. She conducts privacy impact assessments and privacy health checks, data breach prevention, response and regulatory engagement and builds privacy programs for clients so they can increase trust and confidence. Annelies’ work also influenced the Australian government’s decision to include Australia as a participant in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules System for safer regional transfers of data.
Annelies’ strong foundations in privacy were built at Australia’s federal privacy regulator over five years, where she developed extensive assurance and complaint handling expertise and led audit and investigation teams as Deputy Director, Compliance. Her previous roles have also included working as Deputy Managing Director at Information Integrity Solutions, External Relations Manager at AustLII and Group Manager and Chief Privacy Officer at the Copyright Agency Limited.
Annelies holds an MBA in general international management (distinction) from Vlerick Business School, Belgium, a First Class Honours Law degree, Arts (majoring in computer science) and Science degrees with emphasis on artificial intelligence from The University of Queensland. She is a Fellow of Information Privacy through the IAPP and a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Managers and Leaders | ANZ.
Narayana Madineni is a senior developer and Master Inventor for IBM Global Security Kit, an SSL and cryptography API used for creating secure connections by hundreds of IBM products. He has hands-on knowledge on STIX open standards.
Victoria Kluth is an experienced technology executive and the CEO of Araza, a systems integrator that specializes in implementation of complex solutions including cloud based applications and enterprise systems integration. Victoria brings an authentic leadership style to the employees and the clients which are ASX200 organisations. Araza was recognised as one of the fastest growing technology consultancies in Australia for the past five years and celebrated as an ethical organization as it is 50% women in all areas and levels of the business.
Victoria is recognised as one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs and has won the Optus Business Leader of the Year award, ARN Entrepreneur of the Year and the Cisco Women Entrepreneur of the Year. Her organisation has been presented multiple technical awards and is on multiple fast lists in Asia and Australian.
Most recently, Victoria has started the Araza Women in Cyber program with the goal of training and placing 100 new women into security roles in Australia.
She has been profiled for her work in CEO Magazine, The Age, technology magazines CRN and ARN and is a contributor on social media regarding business, gender equality and diversity.
Peter is a Cyber Security specialist with over 20 years experience in a range of roles spanning multiple security domains. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is experienced in engaging with large enterprises, telcos and government agencies throughout the Asia Pacific region. In addition to Security Intelligence, other focus areas over the past 10 years have included Network Forensics and Malware Analysis.If he’s not assisting customers to track down the bad guys, Peter is probably trekking somewhere in Australia’s wilderness areas. He believes in the power of volunteering to help the community and is a member of the specialist NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue Unit.
Victoria Schiffer is an Agile Technology Leader in Cyber Security, and holds the GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC) certification. With a background and degrees in Computer Science, Commerce, Software Engineering and Professional Coaching she has been working in Technology & Leadership for over 15 years across Germany and Australia; since 2019 in Cyber Security. Victoria’s passion lies in fostering thriving Technology teams, helping people grow through mentoring, coaching and training sessions, breaking down complex problems into clear goals, innovative leadership, collaborating with the community, and continuous growth & learning.
Dr. Roland Padilla is a Deputy Chief Security Officer with A9, an Australian-owned firm that delivers a range of security solutions across government and private sector. He has more than 20 years experience in the ICT domain working across various industries. For the last ten years, Roland has held various roles with the Australian Department of Defence as an Army member with the Royal Australian Corps of Signals, acting Assistant Director with the ICT Security Branch and resident Cyber Security Expert within Army Headquarters.
Roland specialises on security outcomes by providing strategic and organisational-wide oversight of protective security. Recently, he authored and led an approved publication of a Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management document focusing on the Australian-wide deployment of a land-based capability.
The Australian Computer Society recognised Roland as a leader in his profession and awarded him a senior Certified Professional in Cyber Security. The society further recognised him as a Fellow for demonstrating his industry leadership and distinguished contributions to the field of information technology with a focus on cloud computing security.
Roland holds a BSc in Physics, MIS (1st Class Honours), PhD(UMelb) in cloud computing, and MBA(ANU).
Glenn commenced his career with the Australian Defence Organisation in the mid-90’s. In Defence, Glenn conducted numerous cyber activities including penetration testing, systems engineering, risk assessment, threat analysis and reporting, and cyber operations. Glenn moved to the ATO in 2011 as the Agency’s Cyber Security Advisor. In the ATO, Glenn rebuilt the ATO’s GRC framework and cyber strategy to better match the ATO’s aggressive digitization agenda.After leaving government in 2014, Glenn ran Cyber Operations for Lockheed Martin’s Defence Centralised Processing project then moved to Cisco in 2016 to lead the Security & Trust Office for Australia and NewZealand. Glenn now works at FortiGuard Labs, heading up Threat Intelligence operations for Australia.FortiGuard Labs build the security intelligence that underpin advanced security technologies like AI, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and email & web security.Glenn works closely Fortinet front & back office teams, the Australian Cyber Organisations, CERTs, partners, and customers to build resilient defence systems via intelligence-led security fabrics.Glenn has degrees in Business (Management) and Science (ICT); and diplomas in Security Risk Management & Project Management. Glenn is married with two daughters and a son,and spends his free time on his farm near Canberra.
Tony Kitzelmann is the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Chief Information Security Officer and General Manager for the Agency’s Cyber Security Centre.
A strong believer that ‘cyber security is a team sport’, Tony is focused on promoting a sustainable, resilient and holistic approach to cyber security across the digital health ecosystem. Tony leads a team of dedicated cyber security professionals who work to embed security into the design of systems and services, undertake cyber security operations functions, and promote security awareness, education and engagement.
Tony’s experience in the digital health arena is complemented by his previous work in the private sector, most recently through his role as the Senior Cyber Security Executive and Chief Information Security Officer (APAC) at Lockheed Martin for five years from 2012. In this role, he was accountable for the strategic leadership and delivery of corporate cyber security functions within the ASIA Pacific region and provided functional leadership to the various business lines in the region.
Tony is always looking to further his knowledge and holds numerous industry and academic qualifications. He is currently studying a Masters in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy at UNSW.
Jacqueline Jayne (JJ) currently serves as Security Awareness Advocate for the APAC region for KnowBe4, the world’s largest security awareness and simulated phishing platform.
With over 20 years’ experience as a conduit between people and technology, she has mastered the art of communication and influence. Previously, she led a successful cybersecurity education and awareness program that changed behaviour and culture, aimed at helping users make better cybersecurity decisions. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and there is a gap in how to go about engaging hearts and minds across an entire organisation, regardless of its size.
Her insights on the human condition and how to engage at all levels in this space are invaluable as many people struggle to understand the cyberthreat landscape and equally, tech people struggle to understand engage the people to create change. Humans are innately curious which in this climate causes major issues.
Ralf is a serial cyber entrepreneur with a passion for software technology. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Kiel, Germany, and went on to become a Principal Scientist with DATA61, Australia, and Adjunct Associate Professor with USNW. In 2010 Ralf co-founded Goanna Software, as static analysis application security company, which got acquired by Synopsys, one of Silicon Valley’s largest AppSec enterprises in 2015. After having spearheaded Synopsys’ global business development for automotive cyber security for 4 years, he founded LOGILICA in 2019, focussing on bringing independent advise and solutions to fast moving DevOps teams. Ralf is a frequent speaker and author on the global events circuit.
John has over 35 years’ experience in Information Technology and Research areas across a broad range of areas. John has extensive Public Sector, Defence and Intelligence experience including postings into Australian and US Intelligence agencies in integrated Military and Civilian teams.
John worked in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) as a Senior Research Scientist leading teams undertaking cutting edge Image Analysis and Distributed Systems research.
Before joining AWS he had senior roles at Microsoft and IBM providing Architectural advice to Federal Government customers.
John is currently Head of Security Assurance for Australia and New Zealand at AWS in Canberra Australia. He is passionate about removing regulatory barriers of cloud adoption for customers. John has been working with Government customers at AWS for over 7 years, as the first employee for the ANZ Public Sector team.
Stephen has worked in digital identity, privacy and data protection for 25 years, holding R&D leadership and Principal Consultant roles with Baltimore Technologies, KPMG, PwC, SecureNet, Lockstep and Constellation Research. His research agenda includes the evolution and ecology of identity, data provenance, attributes exchange, cryptography-as-a-service, blockchain, and the emergence of data supply chains. He recently completed a three year R&D contract to develop a mobile attributes wallet for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (the only Australian so far to be awarded a DHS Cybersecurity grant). Stephen has been described as “one of the most original thinkers in digital identity today”.
Brett is recognized for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of the security landscape and has over 28 years’ working in IT & security. He has experience working across industry sectors including finance, government, law enforcement, healthcare and education.
He works with clients to help them operationalise intelligence and assist in building threat intelligence programs. As Lead Solutions Architect at Flashpoint, Brett applies intelligence across various use cases including, insider, cybersecurity, fraud, e-crime and counter-terrorism.
Brett also enjoys travelling, mountain biking and currently, if not slowly learning to fly light aircraft. He is also working to complete a Master’s degree in Management with a major in Forensics.
After transitioning from the Australia Defence Force, Ben successfully founded three of Australia’s most awarded cyber security and engineering firms: AGIS, M5 Network Security, and now Penten.
Through these businesses, Ben worked with Australian government and commercial cyber incident response teams to protect against theft from external and internal threats. He now works on machine learning techniques to help these organisations detect threats using cyber deception. Ben also teaches cyber deception at UNSW, and is the Australian Chapter lead for the Honeynet Project.
In 2019, Ben was named the inaugural Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year.
Kylie is a Sociologist that specialises in technology (Cyber and Analytics). She has a strong interest in human behaviour in regards to technologies including users and cyber criminal behaviour and regularly advises federal government agencies on strengthening security based on her insights. Kylie has led technology teams across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Korea to assist clients with innovation, data management, advanced analytics and security. She is a recognised thought leader in human behaviour and recently developed a tool that is used by government to advise on automation risks including security and social impacts. She was welcomed in 2019 by special invitation to submit her opinions in the recent Federal Government Cyber Security Plan. Kylie has published a range of academic papers and general articles on human behaviour and technology including predictive analytics in healthcare with a focus on risks such as data privacy and security. Kylie leads the Cyber, Data and Analytics federal government teams in her current role with a focus on risk advisory, cyber security frameworks, cyber technologies and platforms, identity and access management, cyber analytics and big data. Kylie is completing her second Masters degree with a focus on cyber.
Denny is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the Australian IT security sector. He has deep expertise in the Open Group FAIR cyber risk quantification methodology and founded the Sydney chapter of the FAIR Institute. He is certified as an ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, PCI QSA and CISSP. He is among the first cohort in the new IRAP assessor training program in December 2020. He is a recognised thought leader and frequent speaker in applying the cyber risk quantification methodology to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) framework on use cases such as APRA CPS 234 and NISTIR 8286. He has presented on these topics in AISA CyberCon 2019, AISA/RMIA Cyber Week 2020 and FAIRCON2020. He has extended the FAIR methodology to assist complying agencies and companies in prioritising their cyber risk remediation programs identified through the IRAP assessment process.
Kelsey is an IT professional with more than 25 years experience, the last 5 of which have been focused on Information Security, particularly in the Identity and Access Management Domain. Kelsey leads a globally distributed, remote first team, who deliver Identity as a product to more than 8000 technologists around the world. Kelsey’s goal is to reduce the friction which often results from trying to balance amenity and security, through making it easy to do the right thing in the first place.
I am a solution engineer at Attivo Networks, a software vendor with a mission to stop cyber attacks by hiding and denying access to networks, systems and data. I advise enterprises on how to use active defence techniques to disrupt and detect attacks. Previously I worked in similar roles for vendors in endpoint protection, security data analytics and cloud security. My focus is to enable defenders to respond to incidents faster by improving threat detection fidelity and context.
Cameron Townshend Bsc, MSysDev, MCP CP Snr, MCSD – has extensive experience building large mission critical applications. Developed the WeatherChannel.com.au website and backend integration. This site won 2010 Kentico site of the year for Integration and 2011 Astra award for Most Outstanding Use of Technology. Initial project lead on NSW Biosecurity Information System. He is both a hands-on developer and a skilled communicator and leader of project teams.
Tracie Thompson is the CEO of HackHunter, a cyber security start-up ensuring WiFi is used for good. HackHunter helps organisations accurately detect, track and locate the source of unauthorised, and potentially malicious, WiFi in real-time.
Tracie has led HackHunter from idea through three accelerator programs (Startmate, CyRise and SBE Australia) to product launch, and is responsible for the commercialisation of the HackHunter technology.
Previously Tracie was co-owner and COO of a security consulting and software company with over 200 customers including Medibank, Centrelink, HostPlus, Village Roadshow and Allianz Insurance.
Tracie has over 15 years of experience in information security, cyber security and business management, including two successful business sales. She is also an industry and start-up mentor, championing women in tech.
Rupert Taylor-Price is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vault, Australia’s leading secure cloud service. In his role, he leads the development and execution of Vault’s long-term strategy in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Rupert Taylor-Price founded Vault in 2012, driven by his strong desire to improve citizen’s lives through government. Australian-owned and operated Vault is dedicated to providing cloud services to the Australian Government and its partners with an emphasis on security.
Rupert’s has a long history of handling sensitive data, stemming from his eight years as Chief Executive Officer at JN Solutions. At JN Solutions, Rupert developed a world-leading Software-as-a-Service Information Management Platform for the Australian Government which provided extensive services to the community services sector. Under Rupert, the organisation grew to be the market leader in multiple industries, delivering over $1bn AUD in payments to customers.
As a result of his extensive experience in the industry, Rupert is recognised as an expert in government cloud services and cybersecurity and is often called upon to provide advice to major government departments on the adoption of cloud by Government and cloud strategy.
Rupert’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Physics Hons from the University of Southampton.
Richard is a highly skilled and experienced IT security professional with over 20 years industry experience. He has a strong track record of working at the executive level in large enterprises, with resellers and integrators, and multinational security vendors.
Richard is comfortable discussing strategy with the C-suite, diving deep into the technology stack with engineers, or delivering a conference session to several hundred attendees.
When not educating people on why good password hygiene is so important, Richard can usually be found either on top of a motorcycle or behind a camera.
Jessica is a cybersecurity professional who works to make IT systems less terrible. Her experience spans technical and business domains including systems and network administration, web development, IT management, and service delivery. In her day job, Jessica is focused on information security, data privacy, and government IT policy & governance. In her spare time, she enjoys stargazing, tinkering with tech, and the occasional unexpected journey.
Warren Simondson is managing director and founder of Ctrl-Alt-Del IT Consultancy, an Australian firm established in 2002. The company is known globally for its commitment to expertise and knowledge sharing throughout the community and the provision of its Freeware applications to extend the functionality and management of server based computing environments. Locally, the company is also well respected in the area of I.T. Forensics, for which Warren personally dedicates an ethos of truth and justice in the investigation of allegations of hacking and computer misuse. Warren has worked in the information technology field for over 25 years and is an evangelist for emerging technologies in mobility, IoT, server based computing, cloud and virtualisation. Warren holds various qualifications in post graduate study as well as industry based certifications in Citrix, Microsoft and VMware Technologies to name a few. He is an EC-Council CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) and a CEI (Certified EC-Council Instructor). He has spoken at many major conferences around the world and commits himself to community collaboration.
Daryl Sheppard has been in the security industry for over 10 years both in private enterprise and government. During that time he has performed a number of roles from penetration testing to governance risk and compliance. He is currently employed as a security engineer for a Defence contractor. Daryl is also PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania studying the human factors of cyber security.
Dr John Selby is an academic at Macquarie University in the Faculty of Business and Economics researching the spillover effects of new technologies on business. He teaches cybersecurity and privacy and is a member of the Optus-Macquarie Cybersecurity Hub. Dr Selby has been awarded multiple research grants, including: identity theft from mobile phone porting, analysing how company boards can build trust in the face of cybersecurity risks, and online browser privacy. Since 2000, Dr Selby has researched, written, trained and presented on many topics including: cyber-insurance, differences and tensions between cybersecurity and privacy, responding to data breaches and mitigating risks, privacy obligations locally and globally, data localisation laws globally, spam, biases in artificial intelligence (AI) and the governance risks of AI-based decisions. His audiences have included the UN Internet Governance Forum, the Asia Privacy Scholars Network, Australia-India Youth Dialogue, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Internet Governance Forum, NSW Society for Computers & the Law, and many global Universities. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Zürich, Switzerland and was a Postel Research Fellow at the University of Southern California. He previously practiced as a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons.
Rajiv Shah has worked in the cyber, intelligence and security business for over 20 years, over which time he has seen the internet evolve from an academic curiosity to today’s hyperconnected world.
He has held a broad range of senior leadership roles with major multinational companies and now leads his own consulting business, MDR Security, providing expert consulting advisory services to government and businesses to grow capacity and capability through building effective and mutually beneficial partnerships. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and contributor to industry publications.
Rajiv’s experience has spanned a broad range of business and technical domains, with roles that have included business analysis, technical architecture, program delivery, operational management, strategy, business transformation, client relationship management and more.
He has spent time working in the UK and the US, and since 2011 has been based in Canberra, Australia. Before joining the commercial world, Rajiv completed a PhD in quantum physics and retains a keen interest in mathematics and science.
Dilip Samji is the Director of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics for DRC Australia. He holds a Master of Information Systems Security and a second Master in Cyber Security from Charles Sturt University. In addition, he is certified in the Digital Forensics from IACIS (USA). Dilip’s vast knowledge has been developed over 38 years in IT and his career has spanned in Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, South America and Australia.
Dilip specializes in Data Recovery, Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, currently supervises a Digital Forensic investigations team, involving matters that range from bullying emails, IP theft, divorce, financial crime, disgruntled employee, disclosure of confidential information, cybercrime, assisting Lawyers and Barristers on both Civil and Criminal litigation as well testifying in the Sydney District , Local Court and ASIC – ASIC – Australian Securities and Investments Commission as an Expert Witness.
Rodman Ramezanian has over 9 years’ experience in the Cyber Security industry, with the past 6 years spent with McAfee as an Enterprise Sales Engineer. Rodman looks after Australia’s Federal Government accounts based in Canberra, and specializes in the areas of Threat Intelligence, Data Protection, and Cloud Security. Rodman currently holds CISSP, CCSP, CISA, CDPSE, and Microsoft Azure industry certifications.
Mathew leverages his expertise to perform technical analysis and threat hunting activities for Government accounts in the Asia Pacific Region as part of the Global Government Tactical Operations capability. Mathew Works with FireEye’s FLARE and Intelligence functions on emerging threats and techniques and uses this information to better protect our customers.
Mathew comes from a strong background in the Royal Australian Air Force where he began his career as a lead compliance assessor to better secure the Air Force’s ICT systems and provided compliance and risk advice to system owners.
Mathew later progressed into a more technical role as a Host Counter-measures operator in the Royal Australian Air Force’s first Defensive Cyber Operations Team where he remains a reservist. Mathew was fortunate enough to represent his country on multiple international engagements and would eventually progress into the Mission Commander (team lead) position.
Gareth Phillips is an experienced IT security professional with over 18 years in the offensive and defensive disciplines of cyber security. Having made a number of contributions to the industry over the years, which includes co-authoring two internationally published books and presenting a number of ethical hacking courses at BlackHat, Gareth is currently a Principal Security Consultant at SEEK and founder of Scapecom Security Solutions. Gareth is passionate about helping secure organisations, building robust pentest teams and developing unique solutions to improve the security for all organisations.
Joff Pearce is a results-driven Solutions Architect at SoftIron. Having held various Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architecture, and services leadership roles in large corporates and independent consultancies over the years, he is now heading up SoftIron’s APAC division.
Previously, Joff was a solutions architect on a leading Australian bank’s Cyber Security Centre creation program. Projects included the implementation of a security-specific case management tool, malware sandbox environment, and an Enterprise Key Management Solution for database encryption services.
Joff also worked with the Cyber Security response teams to determine their requirements and business use case for the required security products to enable the “detect, respond, hunting and research” security incident processes. Joff was also responsible for defining the solution for handling suspected malware and detonation within the sandbox on the cloud (SaaS) and on-premise and the mechanisms with which to address issues uncovered from vulnerability scanning.
Rob Parker is a Senior Partner with Deloitte. He has been providing advice to government and enterprises across the APAC region on large scale identity and cyber programs for more than 20 years. He was a founding member of the Gatekeeper Policy and Governance Committee, helping to shape the policy and technical environments that drove the evolution of digital identity in the Australian Federal government context. He has subsequently worked alongside government and industry in helping deliver identity and related cyber programs into agencies such Medicare and Digital Health, DFAT, Customs, Defence, Australian Taxation Office as well as e-settlement organisations such as PEXA and Sympli.
Rob offers practical insight into the policy, legal, security and operational considerations of digital identities, underpinned by his deep understanding of identity technologies and knowledge of what has helped drive user adoption in various contexts. He carries a particular understanding of the TDIF ecosystem and digital identity fraud considerations in that context.
Rob was formerly PwC’s lead Cyber Partner for Federal Government. As the Head of Cyber for Verizon in APAC, Rob led a team of Cyber professionals providing services and solutions across 11 countries in Australia and Asia as well as India and Japan.
Tom is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Master Architect with many years’ experience in a wide range of industry sectors. His experience covers most aspects of security, risk, strategy and information technology systems through senior roles in multiple industry sectors. He is active in defining solutions for data, application and cloud security.
Ian is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Australian Parliament. This includes all cyber security related responsibilities for the Parliamentary Service, House of Representatives, Senate and the Parliamentary Budget Office. The parliamentary network extends to over 250 sites nationally and services over 5000 users. Ian has maintained the responsibility for cyber security within the parliament during in his previous roles of CTO and acting CIO before moving in the newly created dedicated cyber security executive role. Prior to moving back to Australia to work for the parliament, Ian worked in senior ICT leadership roles in the Middle East and Europe.
Tim Kirk is the CEO and Founder of SureCity Networks, a practice established to provide cyber and network security. His core focus is to protect organisations in the digital age from advanced cyber threats. Spanning a career of 20+ years working across all IT departments, Tim spent his formative years in London working for organisations such as the BBC and Virgin Media before moving to Melbourne. He is passionate, highly motivated and has the ability to communicate highly complex technologies and security requirements throughout all levels of business. As the Founder of SureCity Networks he sets himself apart by being a true vendor and solution agnostic partner, utilising best of breed software and processes to limit attackers abilities to move throughout networks and systems.
Alexandra is a Cloud Security Architect with Trend Micro ANZ. Alex works with customer in the AMEA region solve challenges they face in building best-practice public cloud infrastructure and applications that are secure, highly available and cost-optimised. Alex draws on her experience in security and banking in Australia, Europe and North America to help customers achieve and maintain compliance to industry standards and frameworks without compromising product agility.
David has been involved in the security industry for the last 20 years. During this time he has found many high-impact and novel vulnerabilities, handled security response for dozens of open source projects, led a Chinese startup that failed miserably, and wrote the core aviation meteorology system for the southern hemisphere. For the last 7 years he has managed technical security teams, and is currently the manager of Commonwealth Bank’s penetration testing team.
CCS Cultural Cyber Security Executive Director – Brian Hay APM has a rare blend of cyber security skills and business attributes. Long considered a Thought Leader in the world of Cyber Security he learned his craft not from the technical demands of the industry but rather by focusing on the activities of organised crime and cyber criminals.
He has served in both APAC and National security roles within the Cyber Security industry delivering operational and service excellence.
A Detective Superintendent at Queensland Police, where he served 35 years working extensively in the area of financial, identity and cybercrime. Commander of the Queensland Police Fraud & Cyber Crime Group, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency’s eCrime Working Group, and driver of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, and member of the Federal Attorney-General’s National Cybercrime Working Group.
Was the recipient from McAfee for efforts in combating cybercrime – “”The International Award for Cyber Crime Fighter of the Year””. Brian is also the recipient of the Australian Police Medal, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the National AusCERT Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. He has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration.
Annie leads the Global legal support for Accenture’s Managed Security business and the Growth Markets legal function for Accenture Security, looking after everywhere outside of North America and Europe. She specializes in global cybersecurity law and technology law.
Annie’s practice looks at cyber security issues facing both Suppliers and Customers globally, and how companies can best protect themselves from cyber attacks whilst managing risk. In 2019 she led a global review of Accenture’s M&A Security services, including research into current trends, risks and major issues, an internal risk review, contracting strategy review and provided recommendations to leadership on the suite of M&A security services Accenture should be offering its clients.
Annie was elected to the Council of the Law Society of the ACT in September 2020. She was a
finalist for the ‘Security Champion’ Australian Women in Security Awards in October 2020, and a finalist for the General Counsel of the Year, and In-house Lawyer of the Year categories at the Women in Law awards in December 2020.
Murray Goldschmidt is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sense of Security, a founding member firm of CyberCX.
Murray is an industry-recognised information security expert providing advice across the spectrum, from the boardroom to the basement across the region’s elite corporate entities to government agencies.
Murray is frequently invited to present at conferences, workgroups and seminars and asked to provide expert comment for editorials and publications. He has presented on security topics at every leading conference locally, regionally and internationally.
His credentials include CISSP, IRAP and PCI QSA certifications and he is an active member of AISA, the AICD and RMIA. Murray has been instrumental in developing an expert and authoritative voice to the Australian media. A Cyber Security Thought Leader, Murray is frequently published as well as being a high-profile media commentator for both enterprise and consumer security trends, attacks and issues.
Riccardo Galbiati is a 15 year cyber-security veteran with a career spanning consulting, networking as well as security and systems engineering. He currently serves as Cyber Advisor, Office of the CSO at Palo Alto Networks Australia. In this role he consults and advises enterpriser and government customers on their overall strategy, cyber Resilience and deploying Zero Trust at scale across the Asia Pacific region. Riccardo also has responsibilities as a Solution Engineer for Tier-1 banks, insurance and critical infrastructure customers here in Australia and New Zealand. Riccardo also holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Milan, Italy.
David Fairman is a highly-experienced professional and academic in the security and financial crime disciplines, working and consulting for several large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies across APAC, North America, the UK, and EU. Currently, with Netskope as the CSO for APAC, he previously served in CSO/CISO roles for both the National Australia Bank and Royal Bank of Canada. He previously held leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Royal Bank of Scotland, and also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, University of Toronto, and is currently with Deakin University. Fairman is a passionate leader and actively involved in founding industry alliances and expert groups such as the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange, The Security Advisor Alliance, and holds several board and advisory roles including Digital Shadows, ISTARI, ClearSky, and CyberStarts. David is also a Venture Partner at SixThirty, a venture capital firm.
Peter Deans retired as Chief Risk Officer of Bank of Queensland in 2019, after seven years in the role.
In addition to private sector consulting, Peter is now a Non Executive Director of The RegTech Association and Member of the Queensland University of Technology’s Economics and Finance School Advisory Committee.
Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Peter is a regular conference presenter in Australia and overseas. In January 2020, Peter attended the Cyber Future Foundation’s 3rd Annual Cyber Future Dialogue in Davos, Switzerland as part of the World Economic Forum week.
Peter has been an active member of both the cyber security and risk communities both within Australia and overseas for many years. Peter has been a vocal advocate of a more holistic approach within organisations to cyber resilience across both the financial service and corporate sector.
Detection Intelligence Engineer, with a strong academic background and more than 10 years of experience in developing high-quality software chiefly for the defence market. Sura possesses strong programming and problem-solving skills and he is passionate about the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence in building a cyber-safe environment.
Vasant Chinnipilli is a security enthusiast, speaker and currently serves as a Security Architect, DevSecOps Practitioner/learner and working towards securing code in a Continuous Deployment world at mx51.
His technical abilities span a very wide range of technologies across various domains of information security such as Cloud Security, Container Security, penetration testing, Incident Analysis, Threat Analysis for protecting networks, systems and information assets for diverse companies and organisations.
He is Passionate about Information Security, Cloud and containerisation Technology, DevSecOps and Security automation.
Always a Learner and currently ramping up my DevOps skills to bridge the gap between the security and DevOps teams.
Dr Lennon Yao-chung Chang is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences. He is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society. He is the Project Director of Strengthening Cyber capacity and Raising Cyber Awareness in the Indo-Pacific Region: Australia and Myanmar. He authored ‘Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention’ (Edward Elgar, 2012). Together with Myanmar National Cyber Security Centre and Kenerllix, he initiated and founded “CyberBayKin”, a cyber awareness campaign in Myanmar.
Dr Chang is interested in researching crime and governance of cyberspace – cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is particularly interested in the regulation and governance of cyberspace in the Asia-Pacific region. His professional interest in Asia continues and he is currently researching on-line vigilantism in the indo-pacific region. He was also undertaking research into cybercrime and cyber-deviance in this region.
Dr Chang was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University . He has a Master in Criminology and Bachelor in Law degrees from National Taipei University, Taiwan.
Emily Carr is the Managing Director of Parkour Consulting, a Strategy and Talent consultancy that provides a practical approach to strategy, culture, and people. Prior to launching Parkour Consulting, Emily worked at Macquarie Group for six years, where she was the global head of Strategy and People Enablement for the Financial Management Group. In the decade before joining Macquarie Group, Emily worked for companies such as Accenture and IBM as a consultant specialised in change management. She has worked in the Americas, Asia, ANZ, and EMEA across multiple industries, with a strong focus on pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Dale Bowie is IBM Security’s worldwide product owner for QRadar Network Insights and Incident Forensics. He has a background in intrusion prevention systems and artificial intelligence and applies this to network security analytics.
With 25 years of IT experience, mainly in the Federal Government market Harold has worked with most Government departments at some point. In 2014 Harold lead the Dimension Data/NTT team which delivered the G20 network for the Leaders conference and lead up meetings. In 2016 Harold attended the final stage of the Tour de France as part of the Dimension Data/NTT team delivering the technology solution. Harold leads a team of Solution Architects in the Canberra market and has lead multiple solutions into the Federal Government which includes cyber security solutions. Harold is a local from Canberra and can be seen around town performing in Choirs and as part of the duo “”Bauldy and Ginge”
Scott has served in a wide variety of roles across a career distinguished by the breadth and depth of his exposure to the cybersecurity threat landscape.
His approach reflects extensive experience in the physical, personnel and logical security domains. The results he has achieved are underscored by using intelligence-based threat and risk management tools to address cybersecurity and associated critical infrastructure vulnerabilities.
His personable approach and demeanour provide an ideal platform for collaboration and negotiation environments. A noted and entertaining speaker, he brings an Australian candid and can-do approach to describing this complex and continuously changing environment.
Scott has a degree in Criminology from CSU and a Masters in Cybersecurity, Strategy and Diplomacy from UNSW.
He is a member of multiple security, risk, intelligence, and cybersecurity-related organisations. This active membership provides an ideal platform for empowering outreach from a broad global community of like-minded cybersecurity practitioners.
Lani is a 23 year veteran in the cyber security profession having worked for some of the largest organisations including Cisco Systems, PwC and Deloitte Asia-Pacific and is an integral part of the CyberMetrix strategic advisory team. Lani specialises in 3rd party cyber risk management and has lead engagements across the financial services, manufacturing and energy sectors.
Karthik Murthy (CISA, CISM), Enterprise Sales Engineer and Solution Architect for LogRhythm ANZ, has over a decade of experience in IT Security. He works closely with security teams to design and implement solutions with LogRhythm’s award-winning SIEM platform to stay ahead of cyber threats. Prior to LogRhythm, Karthik held various roles within IT Security at JP Morgan Chase, Cognizant, McAfee, Deloitte and Check Point, where he combined deep technical expertise and practical usability to strengthen the security postures of global enterprises.
Ken Westin is based in Portland, Oregon USA and is currently Director of Security Strategy at ReliaQuest helping organizations aggregate, analyze and operationalize disparate security data sources to identify and mitigate threats in various forms. In his past he has helped solve crimes with data, tracking stolen devices, breaking up organized crime groups, recovered stolen vehicles, even solved a violent carjacking, leading to the prosecution of dozens of criminals. He has at presented at DEF CON, Black Hat, RSA and other security conferences around the world.
Tony Vizza has been involved in the information technology and information security fields for more than 25 years.
Tony completed a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney which included study at Stanford University, The London School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is currently studying for a Juris Doctor law degree at the University of New South Wales.
His information security credentials include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and he is a certified ISO/IEC 27001 Senior Lead Auditor.
Tony is a Cyber Security Ambassador for the NSW Government, a member of the Board of Directors for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and has provided expert services to the Australian Government’s Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) as well as numerous boards.
Mr. Scheferman is a mission-driven 20+ year cyber security industry professional with a strong reputation for effective leadership, exceptional public speaking, candid thought leadership, and the proven ability to shape and shift industry outlook. He is an advisor and confidant to many.
Mr. Scheferman keeps a hyper-current beat on the threat landscape and how it continues to fundamentally change business/mission cyber risk dynamics. Battle-hardened from years of red-teaming, incident response and cyber consulting, and having served as the technical lead and final security risk determination for the Navy’s Certification Authority (thousands of systems per year, with over 800 validators and 30 risk analysts feeding these risk determinations), he draws his perspective from significant real-world high-stakes (multi-billion dollar programs and Fortune 10 enterprise) experience. He is the founder of Armanda Intelligence, LLC, with a mission of providing CxO/board advisement, strategy and threat intelligence. Currently, Principal Strategist for Eclypsium, Inc.
Alvin is responsible for mapping Infoblox solutions against the business structure and model of the accounts he engages. He provides strategic cybersecurity Council to CxO of mid and large enterprises, and government agencies across the Asia-Pacific region.
He can translate the technical features and benefits of various cybersecurity solutions against the business benefits and outcomes they deliver. Alvin contextualises and aligns his discussion with the firm’s business model, structure and workflow.
Alvin worked at several cybersecurity and IT multinational companies including Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Forcepoint, IBM, and Oracle across the Asia Pacific region where he donned many hats starting from marketing, strategy development, business consulting to sales support roles. During these years, he earned recognition as both a trusted advisor and creative thinker and pioneered projects.
Alvin is an accomplished public speaker, facilitator and content creator. He has co-authored a white paper with IDC on “Building a business-aligned security framework” that influenced companies cybersecurity strategy. He created content and delivered a ten-session course on cybersecurity at ESSEC, International Business School, for their ebusiness Masters’ program.
Alvin holds a postgraduate diploma in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde and an honours degree in economics and management-science from University of London.
Vicky is a Principal Researcher in the Unit 42, Threat Intelligence Team of Palo Alto Networks for the Asia Pacific region where he spearheads researches mainly on cybercrime and cyber espionage campaigns. Vicky is also nominated by INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) as a cybercrime expert to collaborate on investigations coordinated by INTERPOL.
Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, he was leading the Cyber Incident Response team in Barclays for the Asia Pacific region. Vicky was actively involved in identifying and responding to targeted attacks, analysing unknown malware and attributing the attacks to the threat actors.
Vicky has assisted law enforcements globally in providing actionable intelligence on threat campaigns that were key in identifying cybercriminals, and has extensive experience in building and managing Company Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Security Operations Center (SOC) teams.
Vicky holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Nanyang Technological University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Applications from Bangalore University and various SANS GIAC certifications.
As a Cyber Security Evangelist at Check Point Software Technologies, Ashwin Ram helps business leaders make smarter, more insightful cyber-security decisions. He does this by ensuring that cyber-security strategies are designed to achieve cyber-resilience. He focuses on both, pre and post infection security controls across corporate networks, cloud, endpoints, mobile and IoT.
Ashwin has delivered technical trainings, cyber-security boot camps, assisted with designing and remediating cyber-security solutions across many organisations within APAC. He is passionate about cyber-security and regularly shares his knowledge on the current threat landscape at various cyber-security conferences across the globe.
Dr Jonathan Oliver has worked at TrendMicro for 15 years; his role there is a senior data scientist and director. He has a small research team in Australia which actively collaborates with research teams throughout Asia and the world. During that time, he has been doing collaborative research with multiple Australian Universities and currently he is an Adjunct Professor for Cyber Security at the University of Queensland. Recently he has been working on the machine learning approaches being applied to malware identification. Previous work has been applying machine learning to build the antispam pattern, and applying data analytics methods for identifying Ransomware outbreaks and exploit kits. Prior to joining Trend Micro, he served as Chief Spam Fighter and Director of Research at Mailfrontier; and as a data mining consultant in the Silicon Valley for organisations such as NASA and the FAA. He holds a doctorate in information theoretic approaches to machine learning from Monash University, Melbourne. Dr Oliver holds over 100 issued patents in the areas of machine learning and security.
Jack Koons is a full-spectrum cyberspace operations and technology executive with extensive experience building organizations, teams, and capabilities – focused on the development, deployment, and employment of cyberspace operations, technology, and national security capability. A former 25-year career (retired) senior United States Department of Defense full-spectrum Cyber Warfare Officer whose globally-spanning operational, management, and leadership assignments include extensive service within the US National Intelligence, Special Operations, and Cyber communities; author and lecturer on the topic of cyber warfare and security; founding member of the US Army’s Cyber Warfare Career Field, US Army Cyber Command, and emergent United States Department of Defense cyberspace effort. Jack previously served as Chief Cybersecurity Strategist and technology evangelist for a global information technology provider – responsible for development, enablement, and execution of global security go-to-market efforts and now leads the Cyberwarfare and Information Operations portfolio at Draper Labs.
Andrew Jamieson has over 20 years of experience in working with payment systems and emerging technologies. Before working with Underwriters Laboratories, Andrew has worked for a number of different companies creating new technologies in the areas of payment systems, and consumer products. In this capacity, Andrew has written a number of payments and security based patents, which have been granted around the world as well as creating or assisting with the formalisation of security testing standards.
Andrew has direct experience with most of the PCI standards (PTS, DSS, PA DSS, P2PE, and PIN), as well as security and functional aspects of mobile Issuance (HCE), ATMs, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, mPOS, EMV, and cryptography / PKI. Andrew wrote the UL IoT Top 20 Security Design document, as well as initiating the UL IoT Rating program, and has recently released a free book on payments security.
For over three decades, Eleanor has dedicated her professional career to public schools with the belief that every child can, and should be, successful. She places strong emphasis on working with colleagues to improve learning opportunities for students.
Believing staff should continually examine their practice, in order to be better teachers, Eleanor has established an innovative secondary college with a strong focus on quality teaching and effective leadership culminating in success for all students.
Fostering a culture of continuous professional learning, her vision is to create a curriculum that meets the passion and interest of students, by including real world subjects, project-based learning and inquiry approaches.
Eleanor commenced teaching at Rossmoyne SHS in 1982 and moved to Governor Stirling SHS the following year. She took up a position at Eastern Hills Senior High School in 1998, then became Head of Team at Yule Brook College in 2002. Eleanor had a short stint as a Curriculum Improvement Officer for the Swan District in 2003 prior to taking up a Deputy Principal position at Swan View SHS 2004. In 2015 Eleanor became the founding Principal of Joseph Banks Secondary College.
Chris Hilton, Senior Support Engineer, is responsible for providing technical support to Blancco in Australia and New Zealand, and also supports special projects within the Asia Pacific region.
Self-employed, Chris provided cyber security consultancy and solutions since 2005. He worked on solutions involving encryption, biometrics, authentication, secure erasure, secure storage, firewalls, secure proxies. With his vast experience and knowledge selling Blancco data erasure solutions since 2005, Chris was recruited to join Blancco in 2014 providing pre and post sales support.
Prior to his journey into cybersecurity solutioning, Chris started his career with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in New Zealand in Goat breeding, and moved to international sales and marketing roles in the New Zealand Dairy Board. Making a career switch in 1995, Chris took on technical sales and marketing, and product management roles in Telecom NZ and Deltec Telesystems that manufactured advanced base station antennas,.
Chris has a BSc (Microbiology), MSc (Biochemistry), Post-Grad Diploma Business Studies, and a Direct Marketing Diploma.
During his free time, Chris enjoys reading, woodworking, walking, and singing, sometimes all at the same time!
Mitchell Clarke is a Principal Incident Response Consultant for Mandiant United Kingdom and Ireland.
He specialises in providing enterprise-scale response operations for clients facing sophisticated network intrusions by determined attackers.
Mitchell is well practiced in leading both large and complex response operations for multinational organisations, as well as tightly focused response operations for highly specialised organisations protecting critical intellectual property or sensitive information.
Mitchell has led organisations across multiple industries in responding to breaches by adversaries ranging from well-resourced and stealthy nation-state sponsored espionage threat groups to highly motivated cybercriminals seeking to extort or ransom victim organisations.
Tom Hall is a Principal Incident Response Consultant in Mandiant’s UK team, and European Incident Response Function lead. As part of the Incident Response team, Tom provides services to clients when a breach occurs and has worked on Incident Response engagements globally with Mandiant since 2015. Tom has been responsible for leading and assisting organizations that involved advanced targeted threats, and works closely with colleagues on new methods to proactively identify threats using new methodologies.
Richard Bird is the chief customer information officer for Ping Identity. He is a cyber security veteran, a former chief information security officer and a former chief information officer. An internationally recognized data privacy and identity-centric security expert and global speaker, Richard leverages his diverse experiences as a strategic advisor, solutions provider and former global head of identity for JP Morgan Chase’s consumer businesses to challenge current notions about cybersecurity. Richard is a frequent speaker on keynote platforms around the world and typically presents between 50 and 60 times per year. He is a Forbes Tech council member and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Business Insider, CNN, TechRepublic, Solutions Review, and the NYSE on topics ranging from data protection regulations to cybersecurity enabled consumer protection. Richard received the 2091 SC Media Reboot Leadership Award, recognizing outstanding global CIOs. His focus is strongly oriented to using his experiences to help corporations, organizations, governments and solution providers to truly change the framework of cybersecurity by shifting our focus to protecting people ahead of protecting “things”.
Camille Singleton brings thirteen years of professional experience to cyber security topics, both in the US government and as an analyst at IBM. She specializes in strategic analysis that looks holistically at cyber security problems and potential solutions. With degrees from Brigham Young University, George Mason University, and Oxford University, she adds an academic depth to her analysis to complement her professional experience.
Daniel Ehrenreich, BSc. is a consultant and lecturer acting at Secure Communications and Control Experts, periodically lecturing at industry conferences cyber defense for industrial control systems; Daniel has over 26 years’ experience with ICS systems for: electricity, water, gas and power plants as part of his activities at Tadiran, Motorola, Siemens and Waterfall Security. Reselected 5th time as the Chairman for ICS Cybersec 2020 taking place on 11-2-2021 in Israel
Joseph Carson has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise security, an InfoSec award winner, author of Privileged Account Management for dummies and Cybersecurity for dummies. He is a CISSP and an active member of the cyber community, speaking at conferences globally. He’s a cybersecurity advisor to several governments, as well as critical infrastructure, financial, and maritime industries.
Frank Briguglio is a recognized thought leader and authority in Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM). Throughout his career he has been involved in the design and implementation of identity-centric technologies and the development of identity standards. As a Lead Architect for the Department of Homeland Security, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program – he was instrumental in the convergence of ancillary Federal programs and standards. Frank has supported the Federal ICAM Subcommittee (ICAMSC) as a Subject Matter Expert and was involved in the development of the FICAM Roadmap; the Federal and DoD Public Key Infrastructures and Federated Identity Standards. Frank has over 23 years’ experience supporting Federal Civilian, Department of Defence, and the Intelligence community in the deployment of identity and security solutions. He has worked for industry leaders in the Security, Identity and Access Management market segment and is currently the Public Sector Strategist at SailPoint. Frank is a frequent presenter and panellist at industry events such as Identiverse, ISACA, AFCEA, Federal Computing Weekly, Government Computing Network, Federal News Network Radio, and Cybersecurity in Government (Canberra, AUS).
Dr. Stanley Shanapinda (B. Juris, LL.B – UNAM; MM ICT PR – Wits University Johannesburg SA, PhD Computer Science – UNSW Canberra), is a Research Fellow at the Optus La Trobe University Cyber Security Research Hub, in Melbourne Australia.
Stanley has over 15 years of experience in the mobile telecommunications regulatory sector as legal counsel, CEO and now as researcher.
Stanley is researching the dynamic relationship between the powers of law enforcement and national security agencies to access and use telecommunications metadata; the role of Telco’s to protect privacy, ensure cyber security, digital services, digital transformation, the digital economy and digital disruption; the development of communications technologies; and the role of oversight and governance.
Roger A. Grimes, CPA, CISSP, CEH, MCSE, CISA, CISM, CNE, yada, yada, is the author of 11 books and over 1000 national magazine articles on computer security, specializing in host security and preventing hacker and malware attacks. Roger is a frequent speaker at national computer security conferences, and was the weekly security columnist at InfoWorld and CSO magazines 2005 – 2019. He has worked at some of the world’s largest computer security companies, including, Foundstone, McAfee, and Microsoft. Roger is frequently interviewed and quoted in the media including Newsweek, CNN, NPR, and WSJ. His presentations are fast-paced and filled with useful facts and recommendations.
Edward Farrell is a security consultant with over five years’ experience in information security and ten years’ experience in the IT industry. As the director of Mercury ISS, one of Australia’s few remaining independent security firms, he has conducted or overseen the delivery 300 security assessment activities and incident responses in the past 5 years. His professional highlights include lecturing at the Australian Defence Force Academy, being rated in the top 200 bug bounty hunters in 2015 and running an awesome team of security professionals.
With 21 years under his belt, Ashwin is an experienced and qualified CISO responsible for running the delivery aspect of the Unisys security business within the APAC region. He is also responsible for leading and delivering security engagements to C level executives within the region ensuring the successful delivery of client security programs. Ashwin is able to bring strategic business value right through to technology level consultancy and implementation. Areas of expertise include IT security and risk management, IS Strategic Planning, IT Disaster Recovery, and enterprise level architecture across all aspects of security. Ashwin is also an accomplished public speaker and writer having featured in many security events and publications.