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Australia CISO Confluence: Cybersecurity in a Hyper Connected Ecosystem

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For a slew of cybersecurity experts comprising of CEOs, CISOs, CIOs, Vice Presidents, and executives from over 60 countries, CISO MAG hosted the much-awaited Australia CISO Confluence toward the end of October. The confluence had Rapid7 as the Bronze Partner, AISA as the Media Partner, with ITSMF Australia as the supporting associate. The theme of the confluence was Cybersecurity in a Hyper Connected Ecosystem. The discussion took a virtual format to create awareness on the need for cybersecurity and its related implications in times of a pandemic.

The confluence derived realistic insights from senior industry experts on how to redefine security frameworks, mitigate threats and encourage a new culture of cybersecurity to sustain continuity across the region’s business intensive digital ecosystems. The key discussions in the confluence included:

1Cyber Security Strategy 2020: Public-Private Partnerships to overhaul the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure networks and systems by Damien Manuel, Chairman, Australian Information Security Association

During the session, Damien Manuel, Chairman, Australian Information Security Association stressed why public-private collaboration is important, who is really responsible for cybersecurity, and also touched on who will do what in the Australian Cyber Security Strategy 2020. He said collaboration is extremely important as the threat paradigm has significantly changed, especially with the rapid adoption of digital technology in the post-COVID-19 world that we now live in.

2Zero trust – Demystified by Ashwin Pal, Director Cybersecurity, Unisys Asia Pacific

In this session, Ashwin Pal, Director Cybersecurity, Unisys Asia Pacific spoke about the concept of zero-trust and how it dates 10 years back. He also discussed key components of zero-trust, the relevance of perimeter, the M&M security model, and challenges that come in with the Zero-Trust philosophy and the key lessons to be learned from his own experiences.

3Tackling Insider Threat Attacks – Salvatore Trimboli, Chief Technology Officer, E.L & C. Baillieu Limited

In this session, Salvatore Trimboli, Chief Technology Officer, E.L & C. Baillieu Limited spoke about the types of insider threats, the prevention techniques, governance, risk assessment, threat program, and culture. He spoke in-depth about prioritizing the security of critical assets, periodic risk assessments, instilling a culture of data security, and implementing threat aversion protocols.

4Panel Discussion: Deploying a zero-trust architecture to protect critical functionality and services while securing business continuity

Participants of the panel discussion included:

  • Helaine Leggat, Managing Partner, ICT Legal Consulting
  • Rassoul Ghaznavi Zadeh, Director of Information Security, ResMed
  • Daniel Pludek, Chief Technology Officer, Kip McGarth Education Centres
  • Andrew Collins, Chief Information Officer & Chief Security Officer, Sport Integrity Australia
  • Moderator: Kelly Henney, Partner & National Leader Data Privacy Services, KPMG

5Leveraging cloud and AI to derive a proactive and rapid incident response mechanism

Participants of the panel discussion included:

  • Andrew Wan, Chief Information Security Officer, The Smith Family
  • Daminda Kumara, Head of Cyber Security and Risk, Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety
  • Wayne Burke, VP & Co-Founder, Cyber2labs LLC
  • Ts. Dr. Aswami Ariffin, SVP Cyber Security Responsive Services Division, CyberSecurity Malaysia, President, DFRS
  • Neil Campbell, Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific & Japan, Rapid7
  • Moderator: Rafael Narezzi, Chief Information Security Officer, WiseEnergy

6Fireside Chat: Dynamic security countermeasures to enhance data security and privacy

Participants of the fireside chat included:

  • Nicki Doble, Group Chief Information Officer, Cover More Insurance
  • Amit Chaubey, Head of Cyber Security Risk, Governance & Compliance, Ausgrid
  • Moderator: Jacqueline Kernot, Partner Cyber Security, EY