At COSAC we are proud to put together a panel of international, experienced security speakers in a format which allows unparalleled access to industry experts, long after the day's sessions have finished.
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Debi AshendenProfessor, Deakin University (Australia)
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.)
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.
Dr. Dawn Beyer is a LM Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin. She has 26+ years of experience covering security engineering, cybersecurity, systems engineering, military operations, risk assessments, strategy, and policy development and execution. She provides consultation to proposal, program, O&M, and project teams. Dr. Beyer is a cyber leader in LM and Industry. She Co-Chairs the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) Cyber Division.
Chris BluntChief Strategy Officer, Axenic (New Zealand)
Chief Strategy Officer, Axenic (New Zealand)
Chris is the Chief Strategy Officer at Axenic Ltd, a specialist independent information security and privacy consultancy he co-founded in 2009. He has over 26 years of experience in the ICT industry, specialising in security and privacy for the last 14 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.
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.
Andreas DannertEnterprise Security Architect, NBN Co (Australia)
Enterprise Security Architect, NBN Co (Australia)
Andreas is an Enterprise Security Architect for Australia’s national broadband network (NBN Co). At nbn he is responsible for defining Security Strategy and Roadmap across the organisation. Prior to nbn, Andreas has worked for Deloitte and HSBC in the role of Enterprise Security Architect, developing Enterprise Security Architecture Frameworks and solutions. Andreas is currently the Research Director on the ISACA Melbourne Chapter board and an industry advisor to various organisations.
Tanya's experience centres on performance psychology and why people do what they do. She holds certificates in Cybersecurity, Mobility & International Cyber Conflict. She is currently working on a research program with Goldsmiths and Oxford University in London UK, testing how AI can rapidly expedite fraud investigation and identify the risking risk of insider threat in order to mitigate such incidents occurring. Tanya is Non-Executive Director of Universal Data Protection.
Simon HarveySenior Enterprise Security Architect, Bank of Queensland (Australia)
Senior Enterprise Security Architect, Bank of Queensland (Australia)
Simon is a Security Professional with 20+ years of Security-related Academic Research, Business & Management experience. He is currently an Enterprise Security Architect at a large financial services organisation; and is trying - slowly - to overcome his natural shyness by becoming more involved within the local InfoSec community. In addition to being extremely late at submitting his SABSA Advanced exam, he has been part of the organising team for AISA's BrisSec Conference since 2017.
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.
Michael HirschfeldExecutive Consultant, Envista (Australia)
Executive Consultant, Envista (Australia)
Michael is a Cyber Security Adviser with Envista providing high level assistance on Cyber Related matters. He was formerly the CIO and CISO at the Australian Department of Finance where he had executive responsibility for ICT as well as physical security within that agency. He has previously held senior roles with government agencies including Department of Foreign Affairs.
Jason KobesPrincipal Cyber Architect, Northrop Grumman (USA)
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.
Robert LaurieEnterprise Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (Australia)
Enterprise Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (Australia)
Rob is an Enterprise Security Architect with 17+ years’ experience in the IT, Application and Security industries and holds several security designations within the sector. He is a committee member for the Australian Information Security Associates (AISA) and is a member of the GIAC Advisory Board.
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.
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.
Ross MacKenzieHead of Security Architecture & Design, Westpac (Australia)
Head of Security Architecture & Design, Westpac (Australia)
Ross MacKenzie is the Head of Security Architecture & Design at Westpac Banking Group, and is responsible Globally for the delivery of security architecture, design and security capabilities. Ross has over 15 years of experience in the information security field, and is based in Sydney, Australia. He is also SCF & SCP certified.
Kathleen Mullin CISSP, MLSE, CCSFP is an influential information security practitioner with more than 30 years of experience. She has been a CISO at various publicly traded, private, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities including HealthMap Solutions, WageWorks, Healthplan Services, Adventist Health, and Tampa Airport. She has a BSBA from St Joseph’s College Maine and an MBA from Florida Metropolitan University.
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.
Peter NikitserDirector, ALC Cyber Security (Australia)
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.
John O'LearyPresident, O'Leary Management Education (USA)
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.
MZ OmarjeeEnterprise Security Architect, Standard Bank (South Africa)
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.
Alex ParkinsonSenior Security Architect, Thales (Australia)
Senior Security Architect, Thales (Australia)
Alex is a Senior Security Architect with in Thales Australia Cyber Security team with 20+ years' experience in Information & Communication Technology in the defence (national security), critical infrastructure and financial services sectors. Alex's role is to provide specialist security advice, design decisions and engineering review to enable projects and Thales' customers to devise, develop, acquire and maintain reliable, secure, accreditable and economically viable technology solutions.
William SchultzAssociate Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)
Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Centre (USA)
Bill Schultz is a 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.
Malcolm ShoreChief Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (New Zealand)
Chief Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (New Zealand)
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.
Maurice SmitPrincipal Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (Netherlands)
Principal Security Architect, David Lynas Consulting (Netherlands)
Maurice is a Principal Security Consultant and SABSA Instructor at David Lynas Consulting, with over 15 years of experience in IT Security operations, management, governance and architecture, in a variety of industries including finance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Maurice delivers accredited SABSA training in Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East and is a founding member of the SABSA Institute Board of Trustees.
Andrew StephenAll of Govt Enterprise Architect, Dept of Internal Affairs (New Zealand)
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.
Hugh WalcottDirector & CTO, StrataMap (New Zealand)
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).
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.
Edward YakaboviczTechnical Fellow, Northrop Grumman (USA)
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.