Ireland COSAC Connect Melbourne

COSAC's unique format allows unparalleled access to industry experts, long after the day's sessions have finished.

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Abubakar Latif Head of Technology Security, Batelco (Bahrain)

Abubakar Latif

Head of Technology Security, Batelco (Bahrain)

Cyber Security Strategist with 14 years of experience in Cyber Security strategy development, data privacy, and CERT design and implementation. As an Advisor to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority in Bahrain, he has led the Cyber Security policy and strategy for the Telecom Sector. He has played a leading role in drafting the Telecom Data Privacy Cyber Security Regulation in Bahrain. Abubakar is currently the head of Technology Security in the leading Telecom Operator in Bahrain.
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Debi Ashenden Professor, Deakin University (Australia)

Debi Ashenden

Professor, Deakin University (Australia)

Debi is Professor of Cyber Security and Human Behaviour at Deakin University & a Director of Industry Research for Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI). Debi is also a Professor of Cyber Security at the University of Portsmouth (UK) & a visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is Programme Director for Protective Security & Risk at CREST (the Centre for Research & Evidence for Security Threats.)
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Harley Aw CISO, Phoenix HSL (Australia)

Harley Aw

CISO, Phoenix HSL (Australia)

Harley is an Information Security and IT industry veteran based in Sydney Australia with over 20 years in multiple sectors including retail, hospitality, tertiary education, sporting and gaming multi-nationals, as well as consulting in the financial, government and resources sectors. He is a certified digital forensic examiner, cybersecurity incident handler, a member of the GIAC Advisory Board and a Founding Member of the SABSA Institute. He is currently the CISO of the Phoenix Group.
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Chris Blunt Enterprise Security Architect, Aflac NI (Northern Ireland)

Chris Blunt

Enterprise Security Architect, Aflac NI (Northern Ireland)

Chris is a seasoned cybersecurity professional. He has recently moved to Belfast from New Zealand where he co-founded and ran a highly successful information security and privacy consultancy. He is an exponent of business-driven security and is passionate about delivering pragmatic advice that enables organisations to achieve their business objectives.
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Steven Bradley Consulting Security Architect, Cyber Enterprise Modelling (Belgium)

Steven Bradley

Consulting Security Architect, Cyber Enterprise Modelling (Belgium)

Steven is a SCP with 10+ years’ experience in the SABSA methodology. He works as an independent Security Architect and develops a research interest in model-driven approaches to security architecture - a topic on which he has presented at COSAC 2018, COSAC 2019 and COSAC APAC 2019. Steven has authored a paper for The SABSA Institute on the topic of security modelling with ArchiMate which is now being developed via a joint SABSA Institute / Open Group Working Group.
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Andy Clark Director, Primary Key Associates (UK)

Andy Clark

Director, Primary Key Associates (UK)

Prof Clark is an acknowledged expert in Cryptography, I.S. Security, Systems Engineering, Information Forensics & Cyber Security. He has worked in the field of Computer and Information Systems Security and Cryptology since 1984 and is a registered expert witness with 20+ years’ experience of presenting computer and information systems evidence in a wide range of criminal & civil cases. He is a co-author of the SABSA Blue Book & was the first recipient of the COSAC award.
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Andreas Dannert Head of Security Architecture, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

Andreas Dannert

Head of Security Architecture, Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

Andreas is currently the interim Head of Security Architecture at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. At SCB he is responsible for a core Security Architecture team that is delivering the organization’s Security Architecture Framework, Strategy, and relevant Security Capabilities. Before this he was a Principal Enterprise Security Architect at Australia’s national broadband network (nbn), which is a government owned enterprise, providing critical infrastructure services to millions of Australians.
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Simon Harvey Platform Manager - Identity, Suncorp Group (Australia)

Simon Harvey

Platform Manager - Identity, Suncorp Group (Australia)

Simon is a Security Professional with 25 years of Security-related Research, Business & Management experience. He is currently manages Identity at a large financial services organisation; In addition to being extremely late at submitting his SABSA Advanced exam (sorry David!), he is an accredited instructor for Mental Health First Aid Australia; and speaks widely about Mental Health in IT/InfoSec.
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Nigel Hedges CISO, CPA (Australia)

Nigel Hedges

CISO, CPA (Australia)

Nigel Hedges has been in the local Australian/New Zealand IT Security industry for 20 years, having spent a lot of time in the information security vendor and customer sectors, across security consulting, analyst and management roles. Nigel is currently the Information Security Manager (CISO) for CPA Australia, but spent several recent years as the Enterprise Security Architect for a large national Australian & New Zealand retail organisation.
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Michael Hirschfeld Director, David Lynas Consulting (Australia)

Michael Hirschfeld

Director, David Lynas Consulting (Australia)

Michael has 20 years’ experience in Information Security and is a Director of David Lynas Consulting and the Chair of the SABSA Founders Bursary. He has provided high level assistance on information security related matters to a range of clients within Australia and internationally. He was formerly the Chief Information Officer and CISO at the Australian Commonwealth Department of Finance where he had executive responsibility for ICT as well as physical security.
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Jason Kobes Principal Cyber Architect, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Jason Kobes

Principal Cyber Architect, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Jason Kobes works as a Principal Cyber Architect & Research Scientist in Washington, DC for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Jason has over 20 years of experience concentrated in information systems design analytics, business/mission security architecture, enterprise risk management, information assurance research, and business consulting. Jason has a Master's of Science in Information Assurance (MSIA) and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Iowa State University.
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Rahul Lobo Director, Ernst & Young (Australia)

Rahul Lobo

Director, Ernst & Young (Australia)

Rahul is an experienced Cybersecurity professional with 15 years of experience including 10 years managing a high performing cyber security team involved in attack and penetration testing. Rahul consults in attack and penetration testing, application security, security controls automation, Devsecops, Cloud Security, vulnerability management, IT security risk management and mitigation, IT security remediation, security architecture and security consulting.
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David Lynas Chairman, COSAC (Northern Ireland)

David Lynas

Chairman, COSAC (Northern Ireland)

David Lynas is currently enjoying his thirty-eighth year of experience in Information Security, during which he has been invited to provide strategic advice to governments and industry clients on every continent. A globally renowned Enterprise Security Architect, Security Strategist, and Thought-Leader, he is the co-author of SABSA (the world’s leading free-use, open-source Security Architecture Methodology), CEO of the SABSA Institute CEO of David Lynas Consulting.
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Kathleen Mullin CISO, Healthmap Solutions, Inc. (USA)

Kathleen Mullin

CISO, Healthmap Solutions, Inc. (USA)

Kate Mullin CISSP, CCSFP is CISO at Healthmap Solutions, Inc. & an influential information security practitioner with 30+ years of experience. Kate has been a VCISO and was CISO at various organizations, including publicly traded (WageWorks), private equity (HealthPlan Services, HPS), not-for-profit (Adventist Health), and governmental entities (Tampa Airport, TIA); establishing the role at TIA and HPS. Throughout her career, Kathleen has volunteered and participated in maturing information security as a profession. Kate currently volunteers with ISC(2).
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Perri Nejib Technical Fellow - Cyber Solutions Architect, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Perri Nejib

Technical Fellow - Cyber Solutions Architect, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Ms Nejib has 33+ years of system engineering and program protection experience and 27+ years of technical leadership & DoD acquisition management experience. Currently part of the Advanced Cyber Technology Center (ACTC) as one of its senior engineering consultants & is deployed to the Missile Defense & Protective Systems Division (MDPS) as Cyber Solutions Architect. In this role she supports key programs, serves as stakeholder on MDPS IRADs and provides SSE subject matter expertise.
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MZ Omarjee Enterprise Security Architect, Standard Bank (South Africa)

MZ Omarjee

Enterprise Security Architect, Standard Bank (South Africa)

Muhammed Zubair (Mz) Omarjee is an Enterprise Security Architect within the Group IT Plan function of Standard Bank Group South Africa. He is instrumental in defining the security technology strategy and plays a pivotal role in shaping the information security practice as a transformative business driven and risk oriented discipline.
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William Schultz Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)

William Schultz

Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)

Bill Schultz is a practicing security architect who has worked in the Information Technology field for over 16 years, with the past 12 focused on Enterprise Architecture, Security Architecture, Risk Management, and Compliance. Bill has built security programs, risk management programs, and developed strategic organizational architectures and technical system architectures. Bill has led multiple risk management and security architecture initiatives.
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Andrew Stephen All of Govt Enterprise Architect, Dept of Internal Affairs (New Zealand)

Andrew Stephen

All of Govt Enterprise Architect, Dept of Internal Affairs (New Zealand)

Over the past three decades Andrew has worked across many aspects of the information and technology industry, from deeply technical to security management and architecture. Today Andrew has a focus on improving security practice and the relationships between security functions and their organisations. His current work contributes to development of New Zealand government digital strategy and nationally significant digital service. 
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Hugh Walcott Director & CTO, StrataMap (New Zealand)

Hugh Walcott

Director & CTO, StrataMap (New Zealand)

Hugh is co-founder and CTO of StrataMap, an online platform for enterprise architecture and system modelling used by the government, enterprises and cybersecurity service providers. Hugh started his career as an electronics engineer before moving to ICT via the start-up labs of Cambridge UK. Highlights include performing the first ever internet e-cash transaction in 1998 and lead architect on the world’s largest real-time system (mega-city adaptive traffic management system).
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John Willis CEO, Turnaround Security (USA)

John Willis

CEO, Turnaround Security (USA)

John M. Willis is a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Zermount, currently supporting the United States DHS, and previously for Lockheed Martin supporting The United States Mint. He was also a Principal Information Security and Privacy Consultant for pINFOSEC, supporting U.S. government agencies and private sector companies. Prior to security, as Principal Configuration Management Consultant for Regulus Consulting, John supported numerous Fortune 500 companies for over 10 years.
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Edward Yakabovicz Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Edward Yakabovicz

Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman (USA)

Edward Yakabovicz is an innovative technical leader at Northrop Grumman responsible for advanced technologies for enhancing cybersecurity, resilience, and security engineering throughout enterprise, SCADA, and the Internet of Things. He is a cybersecurity doctorate candidate researching the current human capital crisis and inability to staff cyber related jobs.
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