Speakers

  • Greg Adamson
    Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow in Cyber Security, University of Melbourne School of Engineering

    Dr Greg Adamson is an Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow in Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne School of Engineering. He has worked in cyber security for 25 years, in Australia and the UK, for government, industry and academia. Companies he has worked with include the BBC, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, Fujitsu, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Telstra. The most recent industry engagement was 8 years with ANZ's Transaction Banking, a $1.7bn business unit, where he introduced consideration of cyber risk into business planning. Greg has worked with blockchain since 2014, and has a strong interest in its governance. He established the Blockchain Special Interest Group at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the 430,000 member global technical professional organisation operating in 161 countries. He is on Standards Australia blockchain standards technical committee. He also specialises in professional ethics, and recently moved successful amendments to the IEEE's Code of Ethics, requiring members to consider issues of ethical design practice, and be cognisant of the role of intelligent systems. He considers the development of ethical practices to be critically important in addressing technology challenges as the world becomes increasingly and inseparably linked to advanced technologies. He also consults on these subjects, as Principal at Digital Risk Innovation.

  • Lucy Anderson
    Head of Payments Innovation, AusPayNet

    Lucy has been working in the Australian payments and financial services industry for over 15 years. She has worked with a number of organisations, in roles that cross the payments value chain including operations, product, strategy, business development and commercial negotiation. She is currently the Head of Payments Innovation at Australian Payments Network Limited.

    Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet) is the self-regulatory body set up by the payments industry to improve the safety, reliability, equity, convenience and efficiency of the Australian payments system. A key part of Lucy’s role involves promoting innovation, balanced by security controls and risk management practices to deliver improvements for all users of the payments system. One of Lucy’s key initiatives is to provide a collaborative forum for Members to evaluate the impact of technological innovation in order to proactively support scalable and sustainable innovation.

  • Adi Ashkenazy
    Chief Executive Officer
    Skylight Cyber
  • John Baird
    CEO / Advisor / Chair, Revio Cyber Security / The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub / NSW Government Cyber Security Advisory Council

    John’s passion lies in the role that technology can play in driving forward an organisation. As a technologist at heart, his career has been built on his ability to marry ICT and its broadest and most innovative applications with the needs of a business.

    As CEO of Ultimo Digital Technologies, John has been instrumental in developing their world first supply chain management ecosystem UCOT, which is built on the latest IoT and blockchain technologies and provides total traceability of the supply chain in real time. 

    John is currently also Chairman of the Cyber Security Advisory Council of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

    Previous roles include CTO at Deutsche Bank, VP at Credit Suisse, Technology Manager at Grant Thornton and Head of IT at Toshiba International Corporation.

  • Rachel Dixon
    Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner

    Rachel Dixon is the Privacy and Data Protection Deputy Commissioner at the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner (OVIC), where she is responsible for the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, including the Victorian Protective Data Security Standards.

    In former lives Rachel headed the Australian Government’s digital identity initiative (as Head of Identity at the Digital Transformation Office).  She has also has worked for Suncorp as Executive Program Manager for Business Transformation, where she oversaw consolidation of 17 legacy data stores into a new big data platform.  For more than five years she was COO at Viocorp, where she developed advanced media and advertising platforms. Prior to that she was a senior executive at Seattle-based thePlatform for Media, delivering and supporting major platforms for online and mobile for Telstra and News Corporation, and before that was General Manager at Massive Interactive, where she led a development and design team on state-of-the art systems for the Airbus A380, among other projects.

    Rachel has also been a Director of the Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications, Deputy Chair at Choice (the Australian Consumers Association), and Director of several small software companies. In 1998 she co-founded FIBRE, a telecommunications company servicing the Motion Picture Post Production and VFX industry. She is a past Director and Chair of several other media, software and telecommunications companies and a former senior executive with Film Australia and Film Victoria. She has produced and executive produced several hundred film and television projects, many of which won major awards.

    Rachel has also delivered many keynotes on technology, privacy, and artificial intelligence and is particularly interested in the impacts of culture upon technology and vice-versa.

  • Christophe Doche
    Executive Director, Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

    A/Prof Christophe DOCHE is currently Executive Director of the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub, a $10m joint initiative launched in 2016 by the University with Optus.

    He has led the creation of several academic programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the field of cyber security and data science. He is also leading the executive education and continuous professional development programs offered by the Cyber Security Hub. As such, he has managed the design and delivery of short courses for more than 300 Optus staff at every level of the organisation.

    His current research expertise lies in cryptography, more specifically in the design of asymmetric cryptographic algorithms. He has attracted close to $1m in Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grants and has published articles in prestigious cryptographic conferences such as EuroCrypt, AsiaCrypt, and PKC to cite a few. He is also one of the editors of the Handbook of Elliptic and Hyperelliptic Curve Cryptography.

    Prior to his role within the Cyber Security Hub, he was Head of the Computing Department at Macquarie University from 2014 to 2016. He joined Macquarie in 2003, after working for two years on a project on the next generation of smart cards. This research focused on the use of elliptic and hyperelliptic curves for cryptographic purposes and was funded by the European Union and private companies such as Philips and Oberthur Card Systems.

    He was awarded a PhD in Algorithmic Number Theory in 2000 from the University of Bordeaux in France.

  • Suelette Dreyfus
    Academic Specialist, School of Computing and Information Systems, Melbourne School of Engineering , The University of Melbourne

    Dr Suelette Dreyfus is a Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. She did her Bachelor's Degree at Columbia University (Barnard College) in New York and her Ph.D. at Monash University. She is a frequent public commentator in the media on IT-related topics. Her main research areas are in: Cyber Security and Hacking Digital Privacy and Anonymity The impact of technology on integrity systems (whistleblowing) Social Media as a Tool for Language Learning in Schools She wrote the first mainstream book about computer hacking in Australia, which was subsequently made into two different films and translated into seven other languages. Rolling Stone Magazine described the work as ‘entirely original’, and the book has become a cult classic. For her research work on the impact of digital technologies on whistleblowing, she has been invited to appear before several parliamentary committees at a state and federal level in Australia. She has co-authored a number of international reports and papers in this area. She works with civil society not-for-profit NGOs internationally which seek to improve the whistleblower protection structures in their society, both in law and via use of technology. She has integrated these two research areas by co-developing an experimental program to teach journalists how to protect their whistleblower sources by improving data security and anonymity. Her e-education research work is in the use of social media for education. She initiated an innovative cross disciplinary project using social media to teach Chinese to Australian primary school children in Australia, and English to Chinese students in China. Prior to earning her PhD and entering academia, she trained and worked as a staff journalist on a major daily newspaper in Australia. Suelette is particularly enthusiastic about encouraging and supporting women in IT.

  • Issac Elnekave
    Co-Founder, Tide Foundation

    Issac is Co-Founder of the Tide Foundation, an not-for-profit setting an open source global standard for data privacy. He’s is an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record of successfully taking business from concept to execution. He founded skincarestore.com.au, which grew to be the largest Skincare retailer in Australia (acquired by drugstore.com in US). He grew Bagel House to be the largest wholesaler of bagels in Australia (acquired by George Western Foods). Issac holds a Bachelor of Economics and International relations from University of California, Irvine; is Californian Entrepreneur of the year 1996; and BRW Top 100 fastest growing companies 1996.

  • Priya George
    CEO & Security Evangelist, NIMIS Cybersecurity

    Priya is CEO of NIMIS Cybersecurity, a Techstars backed company. Her team has delivered security services to Australian and US intelligence agencies, NAB, ANZ bank, BAE Systems and technology companies. Prior to NIMIS, Priya was the CEO of Necessary Security & National Cybersecurity Institute a security consulting company focused on security architecture, and evaluating emerging cybersecurity technology products. Priya spent the first 13 years of her career leading significant transformation projects in technology, organisational restructure, and people engagement – mining, energy, water, financial services, technology and government. Priya also co-founded an analytics and video software company that came out of two years of technology R&D as part of a motorsport business.

    Passion for: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Technology, Classic Cars, Good Food, and the Beach.

  • Iqbal Gondal
    Director, Internet Commerce Security Lab, Federation University Australia

    Iqbal was elected as Staff Member of Council in January 2019 and has been with FedUni since 2014. He is currently the Director of the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) specialising in cybersecurity research and supporting PhD students. Prior to joining Federation University Australia Iqbal was at Monash University where he served in the capacity of Director of postgraduate studies for six years, was a member of the faculty board, a member of Monash academic board and Director of ICT Strategy for the faculty.

    Before joining Federation University Australia, he worked in the capacity of a research fellow and a senior software systems engineer for seven years in Singapore and Australia with Delphi (GM), Singapore Manufacturing Technology (SimTech) and other industries. He has experience in network design and development, project management, System design and integration, SCADA, intelligent techniques, adaptive systems and wireless switches for financial services. He is a member of IEEE (USA), Communication Society (USA) and Engineers Australia.

  • Mike Johnstone
    Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

    Mike is an Associate Professor at the School of Science at Edith Cowan University where he teaches secure programming and advanced software engineering.  As a senior member of the Security Research Institute at ECU his work on resilient systems covers secure development methodologies, wireless sensor networks and the security of IoT devices with a focus on critical infrastructure. With over 30 years of experience in ICT, he provides consultancy services in cyber security for private industry, government and research organisations and has held various IT roles including programmer, systems analyst, project manager and network manager before moving to academia.

    Mike serves on various cyber-related conference committees and is the current chair of the Australian Information Security Management conference.  He is also the theme lead for Network Forensics-Response to Emerging Threats in the Industry-driven, Federally-funded Cyber Security Co-operative Research Centre.

    Mike’s recent presentations on cyber security to national and international government and industry groups include:

    • Standards Australia - Grid Cyber Security National Forum
    • Data61/DST Group Cyber Summer School
    • Bank of Ceylon
    • WA Education Summit 2019
    • City of Joondalup Business Forum
  • Salil Kanhere
    Professor and Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney

    Dr. Salil Kanhere obtained a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from VJTI, Bombay, India in 1998. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA as a post-graduate student. Salil received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Salil's Ph.D. dissertation was in the area of fair, efficient, and low-latency scheduling in high-speed networks with a particular focus on achieving low implementation complexity for practical use in switches and routers.

    Since April 2004, Salil is with the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

    Salil's current research interests are in the areas of Internet of Things, blockchain technology, sensor networks, mobile networking, security, and privacy. Salil has served on the organising and technical program committees of several international IEEE and ACM conferences. He has presented tutorials and invited talks on his research. Salil is a senior member of the IEEE and ACM. Salil is a recipient of 4 Best Paper Awards and the Humboldt Research Fellowship.

  • Daminda Kumara
    Head of Cyber Security
    Boral
  • Vi Le
    Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

    An experienced professional in corporate and public policy, research and advice. Strong background in strategic business improvement, governance and compliance, management accounting, budget control, financial modelling and data analytics. Highly skilled in stakeholder engagement with the ability to manage complex issues, and develop sound advice. Experienced in ICT policy areas of artificial intelligence, data sharing and digital transformation.

  • Michael Loewy
    Co-Founder, Tide Foundation

    Michael is Co-Founder of the Tide Foundation, an not-for-profit setting an open source global standard for data privacy. He’s an experienced CPO and Marketing Director with a strong track record building and marketing digital products in start-up and top tier brands like Westpac, Dell, Yahoo! He spent 10 years growing a decorated digital agency before merging with a full services agency. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems and Accounting with merit, UNSW; was an academic professional at the University of Illinois; and has been a guest speaker on marketing & technology.

  • Karen Messitt
    Founder and Managing Director, Optic Insights

    Karen has developed award winning Advertising, Digital & Sales Promotion campaigns for a host of blue chip international brands across a range of industry sectors, some of which include Commonwealth Bank, Diageo, General Motors, Vodafone, Chevron Group, British Airways, The Hilton Hotel Group, Bayer, Colliers International, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Cadbury, Goodman Fielder, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Group, Spar, Glaxo Smithkline.

    Karen is also Founder /Managing Director at OPTIC INSIGHTS which provides top end Retail Facial Recognition Analytics and Reporting. Currently we provide a solution which is first in market and our mission is to deliver insights to businesses via optics to streamline operations, improve customer experience and deliver R.O.I.

    Karen is also Founder of LOVE MY BUSINESS a Business Marketing tool that helps businesses grow their customer base via social media and analytics.

  • Carlo Minassian
    Founder, LMNTRIX

    LMNTRIX is led by Carlo Minassian who has deep expertise in enterprise security, security-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud industries and a passion for fundamentally improving network security.

    Carlo Minassian is a widely recognized pioneer in information security, and a serial entrepreneur of security-as-a-service companies. Today Carlo is the founder and CEO of LMNTRIX, an innovative security company that integrates deep expertise with cutting-edge technology, leading intelligence, and advanced analytics to detect and investigate threats with great speed, accuracy, and focus. Carlo’s passion is the building of companies that deliver security as an outcome by unlocking the power of security technology combined with cloud solutions and deep security expertise.

    Prior to founding LMNTRIX, Carlo was founder and CEO of the Gartner leading MSSP earthwave, where over a 13 year period he was responsible for the vision and growth of earthwave prior to its acquisition by Dimension Data. He joined Dimension Data as Group GM and later as Technical Director, and over the next 2 years globalized the earthwave capability prior to leaving Dimension Data in 2015 to startup LMNTRIX.

  • Chris Monk
    Head of Region, Decoded

    Chris is an economist who 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 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 worlds largest corporations about all things technology.

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

  • Jacqui Nelson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Dekko Secure
  • Surya Nepal
    Principal Research Scientist , Data61

    Surya Nepal is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship. His main research interest is in the development and implementation of technologies in the area of distributed systems including Web Services, Cloud Computing and Big Data, with a specific focus on security, privacy and trust. He obtained his BE from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India; ME from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand; and PhD from RMIT University, Australia. At CSIRO, he undertook research in the area of multimedia databases, web services and service oriented architectures, social networks, and security, privacy and trust in collaborative environment and cloud systems, and big data platforms. He has more than 100 publications to his credit. Many of his works are published in top international journals and conferences such as VLDB, ICDE, ICWS, SCC, CoopIS, ICSOC, International Journals of Web Services Research, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Processing, ACM Transaction on Internet Technology and ACM Computing Survey. Some of them have attracted over 100 citations. Surya leads a distributed systems security team at CSIRO comprising 7 research staff and 6 PhD students. He is a co-inventor of two patents including Trust Extension Device (TED) that provides portable and mobile trusted computing environment in an un-trusted host. He has edited two books including “Security, Privacy and Trust in Cloud Systems”.Surya has edited many international journal special issues such as “Trusting Social Web” for Springer WWW Journal and “Security, Privacy and Trust in Cloud Systems” for International Journal of Cloud Computing. He serves as program chairs and program committee members in many international conferences and workshops. He has also delivered talks/tutorials/keynotes on trusted distributed systems in national and international avenues.

  • Kevin Noonan
    Member, Corporate Audit and Risk Committee
    Comcare & Seacare
  • Brendan Pratt
    Cyber Security Consultant, Federal Government

    Brendan Pratt is an ICT Solutions Architect with over 30 years of successful experience in the Government and Corporate ICT sectors. Brendan has focussed on cybersecurity solutions for more than a decade while building the Personal Property Security Register for AFSA, CCTV solutions for DIBP, the Olympus Platform for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner as well as numerous engagements with agencies such as The Attorney Generals Department, CrimTrac, ACMA, PM&C and many others. Brendan has successfully dealt with state sponsored compromise of Major Government Departments while working alongside the Australian Signals Directorate and is a passionate advocate for security through organisational change.

  • Michelle Price
    Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber

    Michelle Price is the CEO for AustCyber. She was the inaugural Chief Operating Officer of AustCyber, joining the company in January 2017 and appointed as CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University, where she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.

    Before joining the ANU, Michelle was with the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy. In a previous role at PM&C, Michelle delivered the National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the first of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget.

    Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across Government, having moved to the public service from the communication and media sector and the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector.

    Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and helping people be inspired by the possibilities of cyber innovation.

    AustCyber was established in 2017 as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative and announced both as part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda and Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.

  • PK Rasam
    Researcher, Whole-brain

    I build Web 3.0 Blockchain Assets (e.g. architecture frameworks, smart contracts, decentralized applications, etc.) on public and private blockchains.

    I am well versed in Ethereum, Bitcoin, Stellar blockchain technologies and currently working with Polkadot, Substrate, DFINITY, Cosmos protocols, and blockchains.

    I have 8+ years of expertise in Blockchain, specializing in Enterprise Blockchain Architecture, Token standards, Mechanism design, Smart Contract development, Blockchain strategy and Distributed Ledger infrastructure services.

  • Matt Tett
    Chair Cybersecurity & Network Resilience Workstream, IoT Alliance Australia

    Matt Tett is the Managing Director of Enex TestLab (www.testlab.com.au), an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with a 30-year history, ISO 9001 certification and a University heritage. He is also the chairman of Cyber Security firm Enex Carbon (www.enexcarbon.com.au).

    Matt is well known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter. Effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person. His organisations objective is using science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met.

    Matt is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) enabler Work Stream 3 (eWS-3) – Cyber Security and Network Resilience and sits on the IoTAA Executive Council. He also serves on the Online Safety Consultative Working Group (OSCWG) for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the CSRP Fraud subgroup and the Communications Resilience Administration Industry Group (CRAIG), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

    Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 15+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He retains Government and Police Contractor security clearances.

  • Carlos Valderrama
    SOC Service Manager EMEA / IoT Security Expert, Proficio / European Union Agency for Network and Information Security

    Carlos is a Cybersecurity expert passionate about defending organisations from cyberattacks and combating the bad guys using his skillset and experience, currently, he's SOC Service Manager EMEA at Proficio and IoT Security Expert at ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security), formerly, Security Operations Manager at Necsia, VP of Engineering of an Incident Response & Threat Intelligence firm (specialised in critical infrastructures) in the UK, Cybersecurity manager of a Multinational Smart City/IoT firm and a Cybersecurity specialist with 18 years of experience in Computer Forensics, Incident Response, Malware Analysis and Threat Intelligence.

    He has worked on large-scale international cyber investigations dealing with sophisticated malware and helped prevent attacks from renowned hacking campaigns and cybercriminals in cases of information leaks, cyberespionage and cybercrime. He initially started his career as a penetration tester and soon realised his passion laid in Computer Forensics and Incident Response, which led him on his path to become a passionate expert in Security Operations and Threat Intelligence. Over the span of his career, he has created several Cybersecurity and Threat Intelligence tools and have spoken at large-scale Cyber Security conferences on the state of the sector. Carlos has trained several law enforcement groups in many countries and cooperated in different cases all around the world. He also teaches on the subject and mentor various university and military study programs.

  • Skye Wu
    Lead Discovery Analyst, Telstra

    Skye is a Senior Specialist with the Cyber Security Discovery team at Telstra, a unique and industry leading capability that helps the business to identify and understand unknown business risks using data. Skye began her career as a Digital Forensic Analyst with the Victoria Police specialising in assisting investigations with digital forensic analysis, and presenting evidence in court. Skye also has experience in the consulting world, specialising in digital forensics, electronic discovery and investigation to expand her knowledge and expertise. She joined Telstra’s Cyber Security capability in 2014, helping develop an industry leading proactive approach to managing cyber security threats. Skye’s breath of experience has enabled her to methodically tackle the challenge “how do I find issues in my environment before they become a problem?”.