SINET61 2019


2017 Agenda (2019 To Be Announced)

Day 1 – September 26th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Welcome Remarks by Master of Ceremonies
Rick Geritz,
Chief Executive Officer, LifeJourney

8:35 AM – 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks
Robert D. Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

8:45 AM – 8:50 AM

Opening Welcome Video

Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Parliament of Australia

8:50 AM – 9:30 AM

Scene Setting – Which Technologies Will Cause the Next Big Shift in Market Behaviour
The convergence of IT and OT, Mobile Internet, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Cloud Computing are already impacting business and society. Blockchain and quantum encryption are also emerging as significant disruptors. Are these technologies underpinning the next big shift in market behaviour both here and in our region? What opportunities will this technologies – and human engagement with them – bring for the cyber security sector and the broader Australian economy. 

Genevieve Bell, Professor, Engineering & Computer Science, Australian National University & Senior Fellow, New Technology Group, INTEL

Kim Green, Chief Information Security Officer, Zephyr Health
Vijay Varadharajan,
Global Innovation Chair Professor in Cyber Security, University of Newcastle
Bob Williamson, Chief Research Scientist, Data61
Jan Zeilinga, Chief Technology Officer, Cyber Security Services, KPMG

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

SINET Thinks Forward with Dr Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Topic: Role of International Norms of Behaviour in Cyberspace, Policy Making and Economic Development

9:45 AM – 10:05 AM


10:05 AM – 10:50 AM

Challenges of Cyber Physical Systems and the Industrial/Internet of Everything
Cyber-physical systems are at the the core of internet-enabled devices, presenting limitless opportunities for connectivity in previously unimaginable ways – for good and malicious intent.  How can the challenges be mitigated while not limiting the economic and social benefits? What role do cyber-physical systems have in the so-called fourth industrial revolution?

Irving Lachow, Portfolio Manager, International Cybersecurity, Mitre Corporation

Catherine Buhler, Chief Information Security Officer, Bluescope Steel
Gary Hale,
Chief Executive Officer, SC8 (Limited)
Brian Markus, Chief Executive Officer, Aries Security
Dr Daniel Potts, Chief Executive Officer, Cog Systems

10:50 AM – 11:30 AM

Smart Cities – What Does the Future of Australian Infrastructure Look Like?
The Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan was designed to support technologically enabled productive, accessible, livable cities that attract talent, encourage innovation and create jobs and growth. This vision covers both metropolitan and regional cities through its commitment to smart investment, smart policy and smart technology. How has Australia begun to move towards these smart cities and is there sufficient consideration of cyber risk? Do smart cities provide the golden opportunity to integrate security at the design stage of development?

Maria Milosavljevic, Global Chief Information Security Officer, NSW Government

Darren Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, Autech and Alderman at Launceston City Council, Tasmania
Kate Foy, Managing Director, NSW Telco Authority
Peter Leihn
, Director, Business Development & Commercial, Data61
Jane Thomason, CEO, Abt Associates Australia

11:30 AM – 12:10 PM 

Securing Digital Supply Chains and Impacts for Traditional Supply Chains
Digital supply chains will reduce procurement costs, increase productivity and revenue for business and allow for data to become more centralized. How though can digital supply chains be secured? Do we really understand and are we prepared for the impacts to traditional supply chains? How are business mitigating their risks in this process? 

Kristin Lyons, Chief Information Security Officer, AusPost

Tim Fawcett, Director, Corporate and Government Affairs, Cisco
Thomas Leen, Global CISO, Head of Security, Governance, Risk & Compliance, BHP Billiton
Richard Rushing, Chief Information Security Officer, Motorola Mobility
Friedrich Wetschnig, Chief Information Security Officer, Flex

12:10 PM – 1:20 PM


1:20 PM – 2:00 PM

Critical Infrastructure and Critical Services – The Role of Cyber Security in Improving Resilience
This panel topic is centered around the concept that ‘if everything is critical, nothing is’. In the fast paced, tech-fuelled modern economy, what are our critical services and the infrastructure underpinning them? How do we leverage improved cyber security to build and maintain their resilience to malicious or accidental interference? As an increasing number of critical infrastructure services are owned by private organisations, what is governments’ role in protecting and responding to incidents that occur to critical infrastructure? 

Samantha Chard, a/g Assistant Secretary, Cyber Crime and Security, Attorney General’s Department

Jason L. Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia & New Zealand
Peter Deans,
Chief Risk Officer, Bank of Queensland
Darren Kane, Chief Security Officer, NBNCo
Scott Wilkie, Chief Executive Officer, APAC, Assured Digital

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM 

Fireside Chat with Casey Ellis, Founder, Chairman, & Chief Technology Officer, Bugcrowd

Abstract: Robert Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder of SINET, and Casey Ellis sit down to discuss Human Versus Technology – What’s Next For Bug Bounty Programs.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

The CISO of the Future, Information Sharing and the Roles of The Public and Private Sector
This panel, moderated by the founder of Australia’s CISO Lens, will examine what trends are supporting cyber security information sharing across sectors and how blockages in the system could be removed. Further, the panel will examine where the role of the CISO is headed and whether this role needs more public exposure to be effective. 

James Turner
, Senior Advisor, IBRS 

Andrew Dell,
Chief Information Security Officer, National Australia Bank
Narelle Devine, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Human Services
Laura Tantum, Senior Intelligence Analyst, Scentre Group

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM


3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Breach Notification – How Will It Shape Behaviour in Australia?
There is much discussion about Australia’s mandatory data breach notification legislation, to take effect in early 2018. Which organisations are in scope and how prepared are they? What takeaways are there for Australia learn from other jurisdictions, including the United States? What does the new regime mean for those who are not in scope? In future, will business competitive advantage be dependent upon trust in the cyber domain?

David Irvine, Chairperson, ACSRI

Sophie Higgins, Director, Regulation and Strategy Branch OAIC
Jonathan Smithers, Chief Executive Officer, Law Council of Australia
Peter Strong, Chief Executive Officer, Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia
Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director, Macquarie Telecom
Michael Warnock, Country Manager Cyber Security, Kordia Solutions Australia

4:00 PM – 4:40 PM

Top Cyber Needs and Wants of Australian Governments and Larger Businesses
Our panel of experts will identify their sectoral top cyber security needs and wants they envisage will strengthen their cyber capabilities over the next five years. They will cover topics including technology trends, investment in research and strategies that are vital to build a workforce for the future. 

Greg Gale, National Security Advisor, Microsoft

Yuval Illuz,
Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth Bank
Kathy Robins, Partner, Risk Advisory, Deloitte
David Watts
, Adjunct Professor, School of Law, LaTrobe University & Deakin University and Member, Bainbridge Associates, Privacy and Data Protection Advisors

4:40 PM – 5:15 PM

The Role of SMEs in Lifting Cyber Resilience in Australia’s Economy
Demand is particularly strong in Australia for cyber security services that strengthen the operational security of an organisation. This dominance of the services segment may be partly explained by around 95 per cent of all Australian businesses being small and medium-sized enterprises, largely lacking the scale and resources to run in-house cyber security management teams. This provides important insights into the understated role that SME’s play in lifting cyber resilience in Australia’s economy. This panel will explore how SME’s can take a more active role in engaging with government, research and other industry players to ensure that cyber security solutions are addressing their needs. 

Nick Ellsmore, Chief Executive Officer, Hivint

Bernadette Brown, Director, Cogito Group
Mohan Koo
, Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Dtex Systems
Larry Lopez, Director-Accelerating Commercialisation, EP Programme, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science
Monica Wulff, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Startup Muster

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Keynote – TBA

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Robert D. Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

Day 2 – September 27th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM

Welcome Remarks

Robert D. Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

8:35 AM – 9:15 AM

The Role of Cyber Security in Growth Industries
The Australian Government’s A$250 million Industry Growth Centres Initiative aims at tapping new sources of economic growth by maximising Australia’s competitive advantage in six knowledge-driven, high value sectors. They are improving commercialisation pathways and link great solutions with global supply chains, while enhancing workforce skills and shaping regulatory reform. What is the role of cyber security in these growth sectors? How can the work of the cyber security Growth Centre, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber), leverage the other Growth Centres to help grow a vibrant cyber security sector as a means to also uplift the cyber maturity of the Australian economy?

Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Data61

Craig Davies, Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Jens Goennemann, Managing Director,  Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Rick Gros, Chief Executive Officer, METS Ignited Australia Ltd
Sue MacLeman, Chief Executive Officer, MTPConnect
Mirjana Prica,  Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Miranda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, NERA

9:15 AM – 9:55 AM

Blockchain – Taking It Beyond Financial Services
Blockchain is billed as a holy grail of new ways to provides information supply chain assurance, from tracking fine art to trade settlement. What lies beneath the hype and what does blockchain do for cyber security? Where are the surprising new use cases for ensuring trust in digital transactions beyond financial services? How might it relate to impending game changing technologies like quantum computing?

Laszlo Peter, Director, Technology Advisory, Head of Digital Ledger Service, KPMG

Dave Askey, Chief Technology Officer, Post Quantum
Nigel Dobson, GM Wholesale Digital Transformation ANZ
Loretta Joseph,
Advisor, AIMS Capital & Director, Blackcitrus & Advisory Chair, Australia Digital Commerce Association
John Pellew, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OTHERA

9:55 AM – 10:10 AM

SINET Thinks Forward with Dom Price, Head of Research & Development, Atlassian

Topic: True Collaboration – What Are the Ingredients?

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM


10:30 AM – 11:10 AM 

Case Studies on the Journey. The Trials and Tribulations of an Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurial contributions are essential to the development of Australia’s innovation ecosystem and critical to the growth and maturity of our cyber security sector. Following the success of last year’s panel sharing the journey of Australian cyber security entrepreneurs, hear about the challenges and successes from some of the sector’s rising stars and be inspired by their solutions.

Michelle Price, Chief Operations Officer, AustCyber

Andreas Baumhof, Chief Technology Officer & Senior VP of Engineering, Threatmetrix
Karen Lawson, Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot
Robert Morrish, Chief Executive Officer, Haventec
Vikram Sharma, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, QuintessenceLabs
Ben Whitham, Chief Technology Officer, Penten
E. Peter Woollacott, Chief Executive Officer, Huntsman Security

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM

SINET Thinks Forward with Toby Brennan, Principal, Alpha Beta

Topic: The Australian Cyber Security Market in 2022

Abstract: There’s little doubt that the Australian cyber security market will keep growing strongly over the next 5 years – but that growth won’t be uniform. Emerging technologies and evolving service delivery models will cause profit pools to shift. This will create opportunities for Australian firms to capture a greater share of local demand, but only if a strong local workforce can be developed.

11:25 AM – 12:05 PM 

Venture Capital and Its Role in Building a Dynamic Cyber Security Sector
The National Innovation and Science Agenda and Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy highlighted that investment in disruptive technologies dependent upon security in cyberspace are essential for Australia’s economic future. Data on capital investment and funding also indicate that it is more difficult for Australian cyber security startups than for their global peers to access early-stage venture capital for the commercialisation of innovative solutions.This panel will explore how access to venture capital is an essential component to building a dynamic cyber security sector. How can industry help change the perception that cyber security investment is a risky and technically complex business? 

Craig Davies, Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber

Scott Hanksaker, Chief Executive Officer, CyRise
Malcolm Thornton
, Head of Investment ANZ, Cisco Systems
Alex van Someren, General Partner, Amadeus Capital Ventures
Eloise Watson, Investment Manager, Rampersand

12:05 PM – 1:05 PM

SINET Connects: Networking Luncheon

Maximize this 60-minute luncheon by sitting down in an informal and intimate setting with distinguished security thought leaders and experts.
See SINET61 Table Hosts for a complete listing of hosts and their topics for discussion.

1:05 PM – 1:45 PM

Procuring Cyber Security in Australia – Gaps and Solutions
Governments and larger businesses have traditionally been the main buyers of cyber security solutions in Australia – but are largely buying for overseas providers. Complex procurement processes in both government and the private sector have hindered many smaller and younger firms from winning large customer contracts. What are the ongoing gaps and blockages in the system and what are some practical, rapid solutions to improving the procurement process itself and Australian SMEs gaining greater access to procurement opportunities?

Hamish Hawthorn, Chief Operations Officer, Upguard

Chris Brookes, Assistant Secretary Cyber Security, ACSC
Ian Irving
, Chief Executive Officer, Northrup Grumman Australia
Daniel Lai, Chief Executive Officer, archTIS
Nick Scott, Head of Cyber Security, National Australia Bank

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM 

SINET Thinks Forward with John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business

Topic: Thriving – Not Just Surviving. Cyber Security in the New Digital Era

Abstract: Australia is facing exponential growth in the adoption of digital technologies which is disrupting industries, creating unprecedented growth in the threat of sophisticated and more targeted cyber-crime, and highlighting critical skills shortages to mitigate risks. We know that the cyber security solutions of today will not solve the cyber security issues of tomorrow. With 88% of Australian businesses finding it tough to source skilled cyber professionals, and experts predicting there will be a global shortage of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide by 2020 — universities, government and enterprise can play a critical role in addressing this challenge. If Australia is to compete in an increasingly connected digital era, steps must be taken to encourage and build the next generation cyber security workforce. Our infrastructure needs to be protected. Consider the risk if we do nothing.

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM 

Breaking Down the Debate on STEM Skills Supply and Demand in Cyber Security and the Role of Non Technical Skills. Fixing Cyber Security’s Image Problem – Attracting the Workforce of Tomorrow
Australia will likely need around 11,000 additional technical cyber security workers over the next decade, just to meet the industry’s ‘business-as-usual’ demand forecasts. No data currently exists on the expected demand for non technical cyber security roles. Against this, Australia is expected to lose several thousand cyber security professionals over the next decade, either due to retirement or to employment overseas. This panel will look at some of the key issues around the cyber security workforce and ask: How can we make better use of our existing talent as we develop education programs to produce more cyber security professionals? What are some of the key skills that employers should be looking for in their workforce? 

Rick Geritz, Chief Executive Officer, LifeJourney 

Darren Bilby,
Security Engineering Manager – Infrastructure Protection, Google Australia
Leanne Cover,
Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology
Professor Elanor Huntington,
Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science ANU
Richard Johnson , Chief Information Security Officer, WestPac
Professor Christopher Leckie, Professor, Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne

2:40 PM – 2:55 PM

SINET Thinks Forward with Tom Moore, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WithYouWithMe

Topic: Building Cyber Warfighters – Overcoming the Cyber Talent Gap with High Performing Veterans.

2:55 PM – 3:00 PM

Announcement of the Winner of the Defence Industry Cyber Challenge

Mohan Koo, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Dtex Systems

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


3:15 PM – 3:55 PM 

The Evolution of the 21st Century Board of Directors

Abstract: The topic of Cybersecurity has transitioned from not being a top priority to a constant and critical Board discussion. This panel will share their journey of how their communication has matured to the level where it currently is and what were some of the drivers that made this happen. Is the BOD asking the right questions that will ensure the future and resilience of the company? All companies are trying to avoid an Equifax, Target or Sony situation where the CEO and or CIOs ’s were fired, costing millions of dollars, brand reputation and lost shareholder value. Are Boards authorizing too much funding or not enough and how do they come to these decisions. What are the most important risks to a company? The evolution of the 21st century BOD and CISO continues as they learn to articulate and understand highly technical matters in a contextualized manner that enables sound business and risk decisions.

Robert Rodriguez, Chairman & Founder, SINET

Scott Bartlett, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kordia Group Ltd
Peeyush Gupta, Board Member, National Australia Bank & QuintessenceLabs
Geoff Levy AO, Chairman, Monash Private Capital & Chairman, Cromwell Property Group
Paul O’Sullivan, Chairman, OPTUS, Board Director, Coca Cola Amatil, Board Director, Healthscope, and Chairman, Western Sydney Airport
David Thodey, Chairman of the Board, CSIRO

3:55 PM – 4:40 PM

RansomeWare, IOT and Cyber Blackmail, Where is This Headed?
Malicious cyber activities have the potential to seriously harm not just an organisation’s business and reputation, but also to compromise a nation’s security, stability and prosperity. The number of incidents has spiked in recent years, as perpetrators aggressively exploit flaws in digital infrastructure. Researchers are predicting the coming onslaught of ransomware and inherently insecure IOT devices is a formula for the perfect storm. Is this formula theoretical and if so, what measures can we implement to mitigate risk to systems? Is it possible to make the attackers return on investment so costly they will move elsewhere? Should victims acquiesce to extortion demands and what type of improvements and policies must be implemented? Will we ever be able to adequately protect our citizens? 

Greg Crowther, Business Manager & Co-Founder, Kasada

Lynwen Connick, Chief Information Security Officer, ANZ Bank
Toby Dagg, Manager (A/g), Office of eSafety Commissioner
Itay Glick, Chief Executive Officer, Votiro
Chris Mohan
, General Manager, Threat Research & Intel & Security, Telstra

4:40 PM – 5:15 PM

How Cyber Can Support Economic Growth and Accelerate Job Creation
Trust and confidence in a cyber secure economy paves the way for enhanced growth as the world seeks out new economic opportunities in the interface between physical and virtual domains. The growing demand for cyber security products and services provides a significant economic opportunity for Australia. Australia’s growth prospects are sizeable if it succeeds in focusing on the unique strengths and advantages it possesses in cyber security. This is true even though the domestic cyber security sector is still in its infancy and the Australian market has so far been dominated by foreign players. What are some of the other key ways cyber can support economic growth and accelerate job creation? 

Sandra Ragg, Head, Office of the Prime Minister’s Cyber Security Special Adviser

Reggie Brothers, Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Craig Davies,
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Fergus Hanson, Head, International Cyber Policy Centre, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Liz Jakubowski, Director & Founder,
Robert Rodriguez,
Chairman & Founder, SINET

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Keynote
Alastair MacGibbon, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Cybersecurity

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks
Robert Rodriguez,
Chairman & Founder, SINET

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

SINET Connects Networking Reception

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