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At COSAC we are proud 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 Principal Information Security Consultant, Axenic (New Zealand)

Ahmed ElAshmawy

Principal 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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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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Martin Choluj Director of Security, Campaign Monitor (Australia)

Martin Choluj

Director of Security, Campaign Monitor (Australia)

Martin has over a decade of technical leadership experience in a consulting and practitioner capacity. He is a Director of Security at Campaign Monitor, where he focuses on hands-on management, assurance, cloud security and DevOpsSec practices.
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Andy Clark Director, Primary Key Associates (UK)

Andy Clark

Director, Primary Key Associates (UK)

Prof Andy Clark is an acknowledged expert in Cryptography, I.S. Security, Systems Engineering, Information Forensics and Cyber Security. He has worked in the field of Computer and Information Systems Security and Cryptology since 1984.He is a registered expert witness with more than twenty years’ experience of forensically analysing and presenting computer and information systems evidence in a wide range of cases in both criminal and civil matters. He is a co-author of the book of SABSA...
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Andreas Dannert Enterprise Security Architect, NBN Co (Australia)

Andreas Dannert

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.
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Michael Hirschfeld Cyber Security Adviser, Envista (Australia)

Michael Hirschfeld

Cyber Security Adviser, 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. 
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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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Ross MacKenzie Head of Security Architecture & Design, Westpac (Australia)

Ross MacKenzie

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.
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Glen McCauley Business Transformation Security Architect, Dept of Inland Revenue (New Zealand)

Glen McCauley

Business Transformation Security Architect, Dept of Inland Revenue (New Zealand)

Glen McCauley - Security Architect since 1998.  Through my career path I have been dealing with information security from a risk and architecture perspective.  Engagements and activities are primarily in the Government and Financial services sectors.  Projects have ranged from the security assessment of critical applications such as only reporting and Internet Banking through to the development of PKI systems for New Zealand's Electronic Passport solution.
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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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Maurice Smit Principal Consultant, David Lynas Consulting (Netherlands)

Maurice Smit

Principal Consultant, 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.
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Gokul Srinivasan Associate Director, Control Risks (Australia)

Gokul Srinivasan

Associate Director, Control Risks (Australia)

Gokul is a cyber-security expert specialising in cyber threat intelligence, crisis management, incident response and cyber resilience. Gokul is interested in helping organisations understand the cyber implications of geo-political changes and the threats they trigger. He advocates taking a threat-led approach to building cyber resilience and incident response capabilities. Gokul has helped clients design enterprise security solutions in complex cloud and multi-tenant environments. 
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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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