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At COSAC we are proud for our inaugural event in Australia to put together a panel of international, experienced security speakers. 

COSAC's networking-driven format, including evening meals for attendees, allows unparalleled access to industry experts, long after the day's sessions have finished. 

Click on a speaker below to view their profile.

Ahmed ElAshmawy Senior Information Security Consultant, Axenic (New Zealand)

Ahmed ElAshmawy

Senior Information Security Consultant, Axenic (New Zealand)

Ahmed is a Senior Consultant at Axenic Ltd. He has significant experience as a trainer, as well as being a hands-on practitioner. He is a CERT-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) and a SEI-Authorised Instructor. He has been previously a member of the technical team of Q-CERT, Qatar’s national Computer Emergency Response Team. 
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Allen Baranov Principal Consultant, Elucidate Solutions (Australia)

Allen Baranov

Principal Consultant, Elucidate Solutions (Australia)

Allen Baranov has more than 20 years of Information Security experience and almost 5 as a SABSA® practitioner. He has worked in South Africa and Australia across large, small and tiny organisations as everything from Firewall Administrator to head of Information Security. As a speaker he presents topics from interesting angles and was the People’s Choice at IT Web Security Conference, South Africa’s largest conference. 
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Paul Blowers CISO & Director, New Zealand Police & Hi-Spec Security (New Zealand)

Paul Blowers

CISO & Director, New Zealand Police & Hi-Spec Security (New Zealand)

Paul Blowers has more than  30 years experience  in the Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Defence and Border Security environments and approaching almost 10 as a SABSA® practitioner. He has spent the last 14 years in New Zealand having worked in the USA, the UK and mainland Europe. Currently, head of security for New Zealand Police he also runs his own small company, Hi-Spec Security Limited providing high-end consultation services. 
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Chris Blunt Director, Consulting Partner, Axenic (New Zealand)

Chris Blunt

Director, Consulting Partner, Axenic (New Zealand)

Chris is a Consulting Partner at Axenic Ltd, a specialist independent information security and privacy consultancy he co-founded in 2009. He has over 22 years of experience in the ICT industry, specialising in security and privacy for the last 11 years. He is an exponent of business-driven security and is passionate about delivering pragmatic advice that enables his clients to achieve their business goals and objectives. He is also a committee member for BSides Wellington.
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John Czaplewski Director, David Lynas Consulting (USA)

John Czaplewski

Director, David Lynas Consulting (USA)

John Czaplewski is a Director as David Lynas Consulting, and the lead SABSA Instructor for North America. John has over 15 years experience in providing security program, risk management and security assessment services to international enterprises and US Federal Agencies & currently leads David Lynas Consulting's consulting practice. John also sits on the SABSA Institute's Board of Trustees. 
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Victoria Czaplewski Change Management Consultant, David Lynas Consulting (USA)

Victoria Czaplewski

Change Management Consultant, David Lynas Consulting (USA)

Victoria Czaplewski, principal of Kalixity, LLC & Change Management Consultant for DLC, combines expertise in Organizational Change Management and Enterprise Business Analysis to assess and navigate the impacts of change and address consequences to culture, policy, processes, operations and organizational structures. She recognizes change as a prime opportunity to engage stakeholders in meaningful dialogue about the future state and to assess alignment to vision & mission. 
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Andreas Dannert Enterprise Security Architect, Deloitte (Australia)

Andreas Dannert

Enterprise Security Architect, Deloitte (Australia)

Andreas is an Enterprise Security Architect in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Advisory Services line with over 25 years of experience in IT and security consulting. He has worked on defining the security architectures and models for various global organisations across various industries and global locations. In addition to his work at Deloitte Andreas is a long standing member of the ISACA Melbourne Chapter board where he held various positions as director and president.
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Tim Evans Assistant Secretary Commemorations, Dept of Veterans Affairs (Australia)

Tim Evans

Assistant Secretary Commemorations, Dept of Veterans Affairs (Australia)

Tim Evans has been Assistant Secretary Commemorations at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs since 2009.  In this role he is responsible for programs to acknowledge and commemorate veterans’ service and sacrifice and promote an increased community awareness of Australia’s wartime and service heritage and veterans’ experiences. Tim has played a key role in the planning, coordination and delivery of national and international programs to mark the Anzac Centenary and the Century of Service.
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Michael Hirschfeld First Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance (Australia)

Michael Hirschfeld

First Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance (Australia)

Michael is acting Chief Information Officer and First Assistant Secretary, IT and Workplace Division in the Australian Commonwealth Department of Finance and has executive responsibility for ICT as well as physical security within that agency.He has previously held senior roles with a number of Australian government agencies including as Assistant Secretary for ICT Planning and Governance at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 
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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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David Lynas Chairman, COSAC (Northern Ireland)

David Lynas

Chairman, COSAC (Northern Ireland)

David Lynas is currently enjoying his thirty-fifth 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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Peter Nikitser Director, ALC Cyber Security (Australia)

Peter Nikitser

Director, ALC Cyber Security (Australia)

Peter Nikitser is in his 30th year of IT, most of which has been spent in information security. He is a co-founding member of both AusCERT and SL-CERT. When he is not travelling teaching students or consulting, Peter spends time renovating his acreage, and can tell you all about lantana.
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John O'Leary President, O'Leary Management Education (USA)

John O'Leary

President, O'Leary Management Education (USA)

John O'Leary, CISSP, is President of O’Leary Management Education. His background spans four decades as an active practitioner in information systems, IT Security and contingency planning. He has designed, implemented and managed security and recovery for networks ranging from single site to multinational. John has trained tens of thousands of practitioners, and conducted on-site programs at major corporations and government facilities worldwide. John was the recipient of the 2004 COSAC award.
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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 Principal Security Architect, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)

William Schultz

Principal Security Architect, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)

Bill Schultz is security architect who has worked in the Information Technology field for over 14 years, with s focus on Enterprise Architecture, Security Architecture, Risk Management & Compliance. Bill has built security programs, risk management programs, and developed strategic architectures and technical system architectures. Bill has led risk management & security architecture initiatives to build secure systems that comply with Federal, Healthcare, or PCI Standards. 
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Malcolm Shore Cyber Security Officer, Huawei (Australia)

Malcolm Shore

Cyber Security Officer, Huawei (Australia)

Dr Shore completed a BSc in Computer Science at the University of London before emigrating to New Zealand where he held positions with RNZAF & Government Communications Security Bureau before completing his PhD at Otago University.  He has held Head of Security positions in both Telecom New Zealand, and in NBN Co, where he was responsible for satisfying compliance with the Australian Protective Security Policy Framework. Malcolm was also the Technical Director for BAE Systems Australia.
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Craig Templeton CISO, REA Group (Australia)

Craig Templeton

CISO, REA Group (Australia)

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Craig Templeton brings over 22 years experience to the security field, having worked for a variety of blue chip organisations globally.  With his no-nonsense approach, Craig is widely known for not conforming to traditional approaches to solving security problems. Over the last 5 years Craig has focused on the behavioral aspects of security, winning Security Professional of the Year at the AISA National Conference in 2015.
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Shane Tully Global Enterprise Security Architect, CBA (Australia)

Shane Tully

Global Enterprise Security Architect, CBA (Australia)

Shane is an enterprise security architect with experience in Australian state government agencies, transport and financial services industries. His interest is in the security of international businesses. Shane was the founder of the Oneworld® airline alliance IT Security Forum; a founding member of the board of management of the global security thought leadership group, The Jericho Forum and an invited SCADA representative to the Australian Government IT Security Expert Advisory Group (ITSEAG).
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Michael Wallmannsberger Consultant, Wallmansberger Ltd (New Zealand)

Michael Wallmannsberger

Consultant, Wallmansberger Ltd (New Zealand)

Michael Wallmannsberger is an independent security consultant and Chair of New Zealand's CERT Establishment Advisory Board. He was the Chief Information Security Officer at Wynyard Group, a NZX-listed New Zealand software company, and a consultant and lead security architect at ASB Bank. His governance experience includes serving as a member of the board of New Zealand's national standards body, Standards NZ, and New Zealand's ccTLD manager, InternetNZ.
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