Speakers

  • Michael Aboltins
    Technical Product Manager - Asia Pacific, Tenable

    In this multifaceted role, Michael is a key communication bridge between clients, partners and Tenable development teams to evangelise critical continuous monitoring security controls and understanding emerging security threats and controls.

  • Dr Mamoun Alazab
    Co-Founder and Lead, Cybercrime Observatory, Cyber Security Lecturer, Macquarie University

    Dr. Mamoun Alazab is a Cyber Security researcher and practitioner with industry and academic experience. He holds a PhD in IT Cyber Security in 2012. Dr. Alazab’s research is multidisciplinary and includes both technological and criminological perspectives of computer crime, with a focus on crime detection and prevention. He has more than 60 publications, and have organised and participated more than 70 conferences and workshops. He works as a Lecturer in Cyber Security at Macquarie University.

    Dr Alazab is the co-founder and a lead investigator at the Australian National University (ANU) Cybercrime Observatory since 2012. Based on his nomination from the Australian Academy of Science, he was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from one of Japan’s most prestigious research institution, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has worked closely with government and industry on many projects, including IBM, UNODC, Trend Mirco, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Westpac, and the Attorney General’s Department.

  • Sanjay Aurora
    Managing Director - Asia-Pacific, Darktrace

    Sanjay Aurora is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific at Darktrace, where he has spearheaded the company’s expansion in the region since 2015, with the rapid adoption of Darktrace’s award-winning Enterprise Immune System technology, and the opening of 9 offices in Asia Pacific. As a testament to the company’s success in the region, Darktrace was named ‘Emerging Cyber Security Technology Vendor of the Year’ and awarded the ‘Industrial Control Systems Security Technology Innovation Leadership’ in the Frost & Sullivan APAC ICT Awards 2016.

    Sanjay has over 25 years of experience in the enterprise software industry in the Asia-Pacific region. An influential speaker at conferences, Sanjay’s most notable engagements include AusCert 2016, GTACS 2016, E-Crime 2016 and Data Breach Summit Asia 2016. He has also frequently shared his views on cyber defence on CNBC, BBC, Channel News Asia and various other media outlets. Prior to joining Darktrace, Sanjay held senior roles at OpenText, Autonomy and Interwoven. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

  • Rehana Box
    Advisory Partner, Ashurst

    Rehana specialises in insurance and retail financial services.  She is a leading advisor on general and life insurance to the insurance industry and the public and private sectors generally.  She has particular expertise in cyber insurance having advised leading insurers on developing cyber insurance policies and major corporates on cyber coverage issues, including a major Australian bank. She a regular commentator on developments in cyber insurance. Rehana is also a leading adviser on directors and officers liability insurance, mergers and acquisitions insurance and the use of insurance in government and private sector contracts including PPPs, service and procurement contracts and infrastructure projects. Rehana regularly advises the insurance industry on establishing Australian operations, strategic relationships, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, portfolio transfers, regulatory compliance, reinsurance, captives and product development. She has been ranked  as a leading individual in Insurance each year since 2008 in Chambers Asia Pacific and the Asia Pacific Legal 500.

  • Jacob Boyle
    Cyber Policy Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

    Jacob Boyle is a senior advisor for cyber policy within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    Jacob works closely with the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security and is focused on cyber security policy development and driving implementation of the Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy.

    Jacob has over 18 years’ experience working within the National Security space with significant experience leading intelligence collection, analysis and production capabilities against Australia’s highest intelligence priorities.

    Jacob recently participated in the First Principles Review of Defence – a transformational and externally led review focused on ensuring the Australian Defence enterprise is fit for purpose and operating without waste.

  • Martin Brown
    Cyber/IT Security Specialist, AUSTRAC

    Cyber and IT Security architecture, management, design, and delivery. CISSP certified with a broad range ofexperience across IT Security and IdAM systems in financial services and federal government.

    As ITSA for a Federal Government security agency, I have responsibility for delivery of IT security across the agency.

    Principal responsibilities include government security policy enforcement, education, and assessment (PSPF, ISM, etc) as well as formulating new or enhanced policies and guidelines and risk assessments for new operational processes, engineering, desktop, mobility, and network environments.

  • Mike Burgess
    Strategic Cybersecurity Advisor,

    Mike was a member of the Prime Minister’s expert panel for Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy.

    Previous to this he was the Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra, joining in February 2013 - leading Telstra’s Security Operations. His vision for cyber security resulted in establishing unique Discovery and Influencing capabilities that provided insights and opportunities, helping protect Telstra’s customer data and keep networks secure. Mike also co-developed the Five Knows of Cyber Security, an easy, accessible approach that can be used to effectively manage the cyber security risk from the Board down.

    Prior to Telstra Mike was the Deputy Director for Cyber & Information Security at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

  • Kate Carruthers
    Chief Data Officer, UNSW

    Kate Carruthers is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Australia, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering.

    Kate has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Westfield and State Government. She has also lectured in postgraduate business and accounting at Macquarie University and taught TAFE level courses in business and management.

    Kate is co-founder of several startups including Social Innovation Sydney, and she is a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and is a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board and the NSW Government Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board.

  • Ash Conway
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder
    Bugwolf
  • Craig Davies
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

    Craig Davies is the CEO for the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd (ACSGN).

    Australia's Cyber Security Strategy, launched in April 2016, committed to establish a Cyber Security Growth Centre to position Australia as an attractive location for cyber security research and innovation. The ACSGN has been created to support the development of a vibrant and globally competitive Australian cyber security industry aimed at enhancing Australia's future economic growth and help protect Australia's interests online.

    Prior to joining the ACSGN, Craig was Head of Security for Atlassian where he lead the security program supporting all aspects of Atlassian’s business from product security, to their Cloud operations and the protection of Atlassian itself.

    Before joining Atlassian, Craig was at CSO of Cochlear Ltd. He started his career in Financial Services, initially with the Commercial Bank of Australia, then Westpac Banking Corporation, where he worked across the organisation in Retail Banking, Legal Services and the Westpac IT Group.

    Craig is passionate about the importance of people in security programs, and the role of security leaders in delivering pragmatic solutions that support business growth.

    Craig has 20+ years experience in Cyber security and has worked in a number of fields including Infrastructure operations and management, security architecture, and website development and operations.

  • Sophie Dawson
    Partner, Ashurst

    Sophie Dawson is a partner in the technology, IP, media and telecommunications group at Ashurst. 

    Sophie has extensive private and public sector experience in advising on privacy, surveillance and communications laws, including in relation to cyber-security issues, and in preparing privacy impact assessments.

    She has also acted for major IT suppliers and for government and private sector clients in significant IT, IP and media disputes.  Her recent cases include the Samsung patent dispute against Apple, a commercial television copyright dispute and acting for clients in relation to issues including disputes arising from significant information technology projects and arrangements.  She has assisted clients to resolve such disputes by way of of litigation, arbitration (international and domestic), mediation and by way of negotiation.  Sophie is also experienced in advising on publication laws including defamation.  Sophie is ranked as a leading lawyer in Best Lawyers, Chambers Asia-Pacific and other publications.

  • Bradley W. Deacon
    Cyber Crime & Social Media Analyst,

    Bradley focused his former policing career on terrorist financing that required transnational investigations. Whilst doing so, Bradley represented the AFP internationally in the Asia Pacific region both as an instructor & senior case officer and as a seminar delegate at US Department of Justice Money Laundering and Prosecutions Seminars in Chicago and South Carolina.

    As one of the first members of the AFP Computer Crime Unit in Sydney, Bradley was an integral member of the team that was successful in obtaining Australia's first hacking jail sentence.

    Having been admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and The High Court of Australia as a Solicitor and Barrister in 2008, Bradley is a qualified non-practising lawyer.

    Bradley is an early adopter and keeps abreast of emerging trends and cyber related legislation from having lectured at several universities and has designed and ran a successful Cyber MOOC 'Applying Law To Emerging Cyber Dangers' with in excess of 2,300 enrolments for a leading Australian University and is currently preparing a Cyber Terrorism MOOC.

    As a life long learner, Bradley has completed a Masters by Thesis:
    “Evolving Digital Technology Terrorist Financing & The Threat To U.S National Security" at the American Military University and blogs on cyber and social media issues within LinkedIn.

    Having identified education shifting to online delivery, Bradley completed a Graduate Certificate in 'Distance Education' at the prestigious Pennsylvania State University focussing on digital delivery.

    In 2014/15 Bradley was engaged by a leading University International Executive School to coordinate, prepare & deliver ten-day intensive International Money Laundering, Prosecution & Counter Terrorism seminars for visiting international Senior Prosecutors & Government Officials from Vietnam & China. In preparation for these seminars he called upon extensive industry & law enforcement networks to ensure the delegates had an informative anti money laundering/prosecutions seminar experience.

    As a community service Bradley has previously provided families & school children free cyber safety advice & currently consults SME's in social media management, Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & online reputation management. Bradley has also provided Keynotes at Bullying conferences and is a Keynote Speaker at an upcoming Virtual Global Summit on Technology Enabled Abuse.

    Currently Bradley is a senior advisor to Privacy Shell a Canadian Cyber Security Advisory and Start Up Factory.

  • Nick Ellsmore
    Co-Founder & Chief Apiarist, Hivint

    Nick Ellsmore is Co-founder of Hivint (www.hivint.com) and Security Colony (www.securitycolony.com), and was the recipient of the inaugural “AISA Information Security Professional of the Year” Award in 2012 for his contribution to the industry. Previously a co-founder of SIFT and Stratsec which grew to become the largest cyber security consulting firms in Australia before their sale to BAE Systems in 2010, Nick has served on industry boards including the Internet Industry Association, the NATA AAC for Software Testing, Electronic Frontiers Australia, multiple Industry Advisory Boards for UNSW, and is a past Australian delegate to the APEC TEL Security & Prosperity Steering Group. He has been engaged by regional governments to review their national cyber-security strategies, and has delivered projects for APEC and the United Nations. He is now Chief Apiarist with Hivint building a collaboration portal for the Australian information security industry and is an Advisor to Bugcrowd. A regular keynote speaker at conferences, Nick has delivered over 120 presentations on cyber-security strategy and innovation around the world since 2000.

  • Sally Ernst
    Co-Founder, Australian Cyber Security Networks

    Dr Sally Ernst has an MBA, Doctorate, and over 15 years specialised experience in organisational cyber innovation in a multi-national context. Sally has held several local and international Board and Advisory roles, a number of cyber and security-related technology investments and consultancies, and authored a highly rated cyber security publication for executives – Gotcha!. Sally has further variously led and collaborated on a number of global and local innovation, entrepreneurship and cyber security research initiatives and speaking engagements. Currently Sally is co-founder of the UK and Australian Cyber Security Networks (‘CSNs’), committee member ACFE Brisbane Chapter, and runs, Entinno, which has been recently localised in Australia and brings multi-stakeholder leadership teams together to take ideas to realities within organisations, regions and countries.

  • Kate Healy
    Principal Cyber Security Consultant, Aleron Security

    With over 16 years of experience in Cyber Security and Risk Management, Kate has seen the progression of Cybercrime from script kiddies and web site defacement, through to Advanced Persistent Threats and Organized Crime. She is a firm believer that the traditional approach we have been taking to Cyber Security needs to change if we are to get it right.

    Kate is a Cyber Security specialist who has provided her expertise in both Australia and Singapore. She has helped companies such as, Westpac, Qantas, Standard Chartered Bank and CBA understand and reduce their Cyber Risk. She has recently joined Aleron as the Strategy and Consulting manager. Aleron is a client centric Cyber Security company which delivers leading security services, consulting and products, reducing risk through innovative approaches.

  • Nikita Le Messurier
    Cyber Security Account Executive, Darktrace

    Nikita is a Cyber Security Account Executive at Darktrace. She is responsible for increasing the adoption of Darktrace’s award-winning Enterprise Immune System. Nikita works with CISOs and IT experts alike and is able to demonstrate and provide a unique approach in detecting advanced persistent threats, insider attacks and other live threat scenarios. Nikita holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London.

  • Jim Lennon
    Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Jim joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2013 and has over 25 years’ experience in privacy, information technology and intellectual property (IT/IP).  His main expertise is in privacy, technology procurement, outsourcing and service level agreements (including cloud), website and app development, and patent licensing.  Jim gained his experience in large and mid-tier firms and while acting as in-house counsel at BTG plc and for The University of Western Australia.  Jim is also the Specialist Editor for the chapters on Information Technology, E-commerce and Intellectual Property in the Australian Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents published by LexisNexis.

  • Paul Macpherson
    Head of Security, Xero

    Paul Macpherson is Head of Security at Xero.  Since January 2015 he's been responsible for managing Xero's security risk profile, developing capability to address evolving security threats and keep pace with the rapid growth of Xero's platform and customer base.  Paul now manages an international team of security specialists to ensure Xero's business and customers stay safe and secure in the cloud. 

    Paul has over 25 years experience in information security, compliance and risk management, having worked in the finance, law enforcement and professional services industries.

  • Glenn Mahney
    Account Manager, Flexera Software

    Glenn is responsible for driving success by directly working with key customers, partners and prospects in the newly formed Software Vulnerability Management business unit within Flexera Software. Prior to the acquisition of Secunia by Flexera Software, Glenn held the role of Partner Alliance Manager for Secunia within the APAC region. His expertise has helped Secunia and now Flexera Software and its partners establish a successful go to market for Software Vulnerability Management.

  • Ty Miller
    Director, Threat Intelligence

    Over the past decade, Ty Miller has developed an impressive portfolio demonstrating his vast experience and accomplishments. This has allowed him to become a well-known and highly respected specialist within the IT Security industry, not only in Australia but around the world. As a result, Threat Intelligence has experienced great success and has attracted top quality talent to join the team from Australia and internationally, who get invited to present and run training at conferences including Black Hat, AppSec, Defcon, Bsides, Ruxcon and Hack In The Box.

    He has trained up the likes of FBI, US Department of Defence, US Military, Australian Taxation Office, international Government agencies, and the top technology and security companies, including Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, Juniper, Cisco, Yahoo, VMware, and Tripwire.

    Ty was selected amongst a team of Australia’s leading security specialists to establish and run the CREST penetration testing exams as the standard for Australian and New Zealand. This appointment includes leading the CREST Assessor Team and holding a position on the Board of Directors of CREST Australia and New Zealand to further define the strategic direction of CREST.

    Ty holds a position on the Black Hat Asia Review Board to identify the highest quality speakers and presentations for the Black Hat security conference held in Singapore.

    Ty is a co-author of the highly popular security book "Hacking Exposed Linux 3rd Edition", has developed a cutting edge attack technique that allowed him to remotely bypass all security controls to attack internal servers from the Internet, and has been engaged to enhance some of the most elite specialist security products with his advanced attack concepts and skills, including developing the “DNS Covert Channel” feature of the highly popular commercial exploit framework “Core IMPACT”.

    Ty also gets engaged as a feature presenter and blogger on behalf of vendors and organizations for conferences and product launches on a range of relevant information security topics.

  • Chris Monk
    Head of Region (APAC), Decoded

    Chris is an Economist by training having achieved a First Class degree from UCL but his true passion is in the world of technology, software development, the internet of things and cybersecurity all wrapped up in a bundle of a passion to educate.

    Chris began his career building software for a large merchant bank before moving out of the city to build his first business in the events industry as a way of experiencing something different and gaining vital and in depth experience of people management, sales and running an enterprise.

    In 2013 Chris returned to the world of technology by leading one day transformational courses for the award winning company Decoded. Chris joined the permanent team at Decoded in December 2013 where he worked cross-functionally to bring structure to the operational side of the business as well as working closely with clients to build bespoke learning experiences.

    In May 2015 Chris began focussing his attention on expanding the business in the Asia-Pacific region and in January 2016 he moved to Sydney to continue his work as Head of Region (APAC).

    In Sydney Chris heads up a team of permanent staff and freelance facilitators to educate some of the world’s largest corporations about all things technology.

    Chris is an accomplished keynote speaker and is available for conference engagements around technology and cyber-security.

  • Benjamin Mossé
    Chief Executive Officer, Mossé Security

    Benjamin Mossé is often described as the ethical innovator with business executive professionalism. His consistent innovative approaches to IT threats and vulnerabilities keep him leaps ahead of the ever changing security scene.

    Benjamin began his career on a path that is rare among other IT security executives. Having earned his Bachelor’s degree in IT Security from one of the nation’s top Universities, and armed with his credential, Benjamin's goal was to complement his natural technical innovator savvy with a strong foundation in business. The best way to do this, he felt, was to create his own business, ensuring true adherence to his values of ethics and the freedom to innovate. Originally from France, Benjamin found himself intrigued by the world of vulnerabilities and the rising demand for almost daily innovative solutions. A gifted original thinker, Benjamin began teaching himself "hacking" at the age of twelve. Over the past fifteen years, Benjamin has formalised his experience and education by creating a unique approach to working with diverse clients.

    In 2014, Benjamin founded the Mossé Cyber Security Institute to offer world-class information security learning programmes in APAC and beyond. Since its creation, a wide-range of students from government officials, law enforcement officers, business executives, board members and IT security professionals have attended Mossé Cyber Security Institute’s programmes and presentations.

    Benjamin has written and published several articles in major IT security magazines in France. He has been invited to present at well renowned IT security conferences in Australia, including Auscert, OWASP, AISA and Ruxcon. Furthermore, he has co-created "The Browser Exploitation Framework", a very popular security tool to perform client-side security testing.

  • Rajiv Niles
    Senior Director, Industrial Cybersecurity & Digital Solutions, GE Digital

    Rajiv Niles is the Global Director in GE Digital’s  Industrial Cyber Division  enabled through  the acquisition of  Wurldtech in 2014, which is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Wurldtech is a world leader in cyber security solutions, providing security products, testing and certification to customers in the oil & gas, transportation, healthcare and utilities sectors. In his current role, he is responsible for driving the technical strategy for Wurldtech’s products and certifications, which in turn helps customers protect critical infrastructure and the Industrial Internet. Cyber security is a key pillar of GE’s Digital Industrial vision to enable greater asset reliability, lower operating costs, reduce risks and accelerating performance with the Predix platform and software solutions.

    Rajiv is a veteran in the IT and IOT arenas with a career spanning over 20 years, with the last decade of those in key leadership positions. Prior to joining GE, Rajiv was the Director for Digital Transformation & IOT at Cisco Systems, where he had led the development of IOT solutions for a number of verticals including Smart Cities, Manufacturing and Mining. He played a pivotal role in developing Cisco’s Innovation Centre strategy, which focused on eco-system development, investments, acquisitions and technical validation to enable true customer-centric innovation. Rajiv is an expert speaker and presenter on topics such as Digital Industrial, Cyber Security for Industrial Applications and Innovation Center Strategies. Rajiv often is engaged to speak at industry events and panelist discussions.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia. He is a Cisco Certified Inter-networking Expert (CCIE) and a TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architecture Practitioner. Rajiv and his wife have two children.

  • Garrett O'Hara
    Senior Technical Consultant, Mimecast Australia

    Garrett O'Hara is the Senior Technical Consultant for Mimecast Australia. With two decades working in technology and broad industry experience Garrett helps companies understand the evolving threat landscape, and how next generation protection can help them mitigate financial and reputation risk.

  • Nigel Phair
    Managing Director, Centre for Internet Safety

    Nigel has a diverse background in senior management and company directorship in law enforcement, technology, academia and consulting. He is a prominent company director who advises boards on strategy, governance and risk surrounding the use of technology. Nigel has strong professional, government and community links and well-established national and international networks.

    He is currently leading the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra which was created to foster a safer, more trusted Internet by providing thought leadership and policy advice on the social, legal, political and economic impacts of cybercrime and threats to cyber security.

  • Scott Reid
    Director, Smart Connected Networks
    RIoT Solutions
  • Derek Scott
    Head of IT Security, Risk and Governance, TAL

    Derek’s career in IT & Operations has led him from Scotland to Sydney via Munich, Texas and London. Working  for large American corporations (Digital Equipment, National Semi-conductors, Compaq, Dell and CSC), Derek spent the first half of his career in leadership roles in operations. In the past 15 years he has focused on leading technical support functions. The operational breadth and technical depth of these various roles has given Derek a useful perspective for leading organisations through complex operational transformation - he combines technical understanding with operational savvy - a winning combination!

    In 2002 Derek moved from Dell UK to Dell Australia to manage a team delivering Enterprise Technical Support and Account Management functions to Dells’ ANZ Enterprise customers. After 4 years he moved to CSC to manage a similar function, and expanded the role into a wider service delivery function.

    Derek Joined TAL in 2013 and is currently Head of IT Security, Risk and Governance. His team works closely with TAL Technology and Business teams to ensure that they are anticipating and coordinating the provision for structured investment and deployment of technologies in response to changing business drivers.

    The role, although focused on Security, Risk and Governance, also covers Vendor Management, IT Service Continuity and some additional operational responsibilities.
    Derek believes that the broad scope of the role enables pragmatic, knowledge-based planning and a delivery model of both "on-prem” services and complimentary vendor-based solutions and tools.

    He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of his role and the diversity of business transformation posed in the role. His free time is spent at his sons' sporting events. 

  • Rajiv Shah
    General Manager - Australia & New Zealand, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

    Rajiv has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, working with customers to define, implement and support leading edge cyber, intelligence and security solutions. He combines a deep technical expertise with the experience of having worked with clients across commercial and government sectors, including time spent in Australia, UK and the USA, as well as leading complex international engagements in many other parts of the world.

  • Shawn Shams
    Cyber Security Account Executive
    Darktrace
  • Vikram Sharma
    Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer, QuintessenceLabs

    Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the award-winning research conducted by the group, and is today positioned at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector. The company's capabilities have been recognised at several Australian and international events, most recently: global runner-up from a pool of 2,500+ companies in IBM's SmartCamp competition in 2013, named by the Australian Information Industry Association as Australia’s most innovative small company in 2014, and selected by the Security Innovation Network as a SINET16 Cyber Security Innovator in 2015. In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures named QuintessenceLabs in its Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies.

    Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram founded two successful start-up ventures in the information technology infrastructure and services spaces - a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private ISPs. He began his career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with a number of companies and government agencies in Australia.

    Vikram holds a master of science in computer science from The Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. He was presented the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014, Vikram was invited by the UK Government to join an expert panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme and presently serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University.

  • Michael Smith
    Security Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific & Japan, Akamai Technology

    Michael Smith is Akamai's Chief Technology Officer for Security in APJ and is responsible for Akamai's security solutions portfolio. Previously, Mike was the Founder and Director of Akamai's Customer Security Incident Response Team. He led a team of web security incident responders and researchers that study the tactics, techniques and procedures of web attackers to help protect Akamai customers.

    Website - blogs.akamai.com/security

    Follow Michael on Twitter - twitter.com/rybolov

  • Dr. Sara M. Smyth
    Associate Professor, La Trobe University Law School

    Dr. Sara M. Smyth is an Associate Professor at La Trobe University Law School in Melbourne, where she is the Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) program and the Coordinator for the Masters of Cyber-Security Program (Law).  Prior to joining La Trobe, Sara was an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bond University and a visiting scholar at Monash University and Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.

    Sara has consulted extensively to international policing agencies and written several books including Drone Controversies – Ethical and Legal Debates Surrounding Targeted Strikes and Electronic Surveillance (2016). She has presented widely in North America, Europe and Asia, including the U.S. Department of Defense Cybercrime Conference.

  • Jason Stroud
    Cyber Security Account Executive, Darktrace

    Jason is a Cyber Security Account Executive at Darktrace, responsible for increasing the adoption of Darktrace’s award-winning Enterprise Immune System. Through his engagement with CISOs and IT experts, he is able to demonstrate and provide a unique approach in detecting advanced persistent threats, insider attacks and other live threat scenarios. Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Lana Tosic
    Senior Security Specialist ICT & Information Security, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand

    Lana has 17 years of experience in cyber security operations, information assurance and security working across Government, Military, & Commercial industries   focusing on  strategic alignment of information security  and technology to support organisational objectives.

    Author and co-author of :

    • New Zealand Security Incident Management Guide for Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CERTs) Carnegie Mellon University SEI and GCSB May 10, 2013
    • The NCSC Voluntary Cyber Security Standards for Industrial Control Systems v.1.0   GCSB March 10, 2014
    • Industrial Control Systems Cyber Security Framework Independent, July 7 2015

    Lana is  involved in a range of activities that support  NZ InfoSec community including:

    • Founder of IMentor -  mentoring and supporting next generation of cybersecurity leaders (undergraduates and young professionals),and
    • Founding Board Member iSANZ  -Through these Awards we wish to inspire, promote & reflect on our Industry and its people and to lift the bar across the Industry expressed through recognition.
  • Toan Trinh
    Consulting System Engineer
    Fortinet
  • Gov van Ek
    Executive Director and Co-Founder, Ledger Assets

    Dr Gov van Ek obtained a Ph.D from UMIST, U.K in Total Technology in 1996. After some time in investment banking and as a Managing Director of various successful companies, he co-founded Ledger Assets, a leading Australian Blockchain commercialization company, where he is an Executive Director.

    Ledger Assets released the solar powered PoS "EcoChain" Blockchain in 2016, which has its own in built Smart Contracts technology referred to as Blockchain Dapps.

    In 2015, it released the world's first commercial Blockchain App, Uproov.com which verifies photos, videos and audio.

    Dr van Ek also co founded PowerLedger.io, now a world leading solar energy Blockchain technology company and Enome.io a high tec medical records company with extensive patents.

    Ledger Assets remains at the technological forefront of Blockchain technology development, and is also active in the Insurance, agriculture and arts businesses and is based in Perth, W.A, with views of the ocean in the "Silicon Beach" area.

    @Ledgerassets
    @Powerledger_io
    @uproov

  • Meena Wahi
    Cyber Insurance Specialist Broker, Cyber Data-Risk Managers

    Meena Wahi is the  Director of Cyber Data -Risk Managers- specialist insurance brokers for Cyber Insurance/Data Breach Insurance. 

    Acting as the conduit between the enterprise and its risks. I help clients identify potential cyber risk and advocate that cyber insurance must constitute a part of enterprise risk management strategy. Every enterprise has its risks-- if an enterprise defines objectives without taking the risks into consideration, chances are that they will lose direction once any of these risks hit home.

    I have been interacting with stakeholders in the evolving cyber risk/data privacy space in Australia and overseas since 2011. Asked to comment on cyber incidents to give an insurance view point in the press, I also speak at conferences on cyber risk transfer, role of insurance in governance and risk management and role of boards in achieving cyber resilience. I am member of AICD, AISA plus completed my MBA from Monash University.

  • Liming Zhu
    Research Director, Software and Computational Systems, Data61

    Dr/Prof. Liming Zhu is the Research Director of Software and Computational Systems Research Program at Data61, CSIRO. He holds conjoint full professor position at University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is the chairperson of Standards Australia's blockchain and distributed ledger committee. His research program has more than 200 people innovating in the area of big data platforms, computational science and cyber security. He has published more than 150 academic papers on software architecture, dependable and secure systems and data analytics infrastructure.  His recent book is DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective.