Mitra is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Healthscope. She is in charge of defining and implementing Healthscope’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy strategy and roadmap and delivering effective solutions and services across the Enterprise.
Mitra is a recognised leader in Technology, Data and Cyber Security controls transformation, successfully defining and implementing Centre of Excellence Technology and Cybersecurity functions across a multitude of industries, including some of the major International and Australian Banks. Mitra has been a trusted advisor to senior stakeholders including Board of Directors, Risk and Audit Committees, delivering effective governance and insights for informed decision making and prioritisation of investment.
Mitra is a Board Member of ISACA’s Melbourne Chapter, successfully leading the Chapter in various strategic, membership growth and retention and certifications promotion initiatives for the last 15 years. She is also ISACA International’s lead liaison to the International Standards Organisation (ISO), working with International experts on the uplift of standards such as AS/NZS 31000 Risk Management, ISO/IEC 38500 IT Governance and ISO 27001/2 Information Security standards.
Craig Ford is an experienced cybersecurity professional with various qualifications.
He formerly worked as a senior ICT Security Engineer for Davichi in which he performed ethical hacking engagements also known as penetration testing to help provide real-world testing of clients systems and help them be better protected. He was responsible for assisting clients with internal and external security audits. Assisting with aligning clients and Davichi with the ISO27001 security framework. He conducts regular cybersecurity awareness training programs with both workshop/group training sessions and phishing simulations. Assists with Policy development and acts as a virtual CISO for managed security services clients. He managed the Davichi SOC (Security Operations Centre) and incident response capabilities.
Craig is a published author with the book “A Hacker, I Am” with “A Hacker, I Am – Vol 2” and “Foresight” in the works to be published in 2020. He is a cybersecurity journalist for CSO Australia (IDG Communications) in which he regularly contributes to both the cybersecurity and technology industry.
Jacqui Loustau is a collaborator, connector and community builder, who pushes thinking and tries to positively change industry. She is particularly passionate about combatting cybercrime, helping small businesses and building diverse talented workforces.
Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Information Systems and is CISM, CISSP certified. She is delivery driven with 16 years international experience in a range of technologies and practical experience across all security domains within multiple industry sectors.
Jacqui has spoken in a number of industry events and is the author of a number of technical security white papers and articles. This includes the ‘The Female Consultant chapter of an international book ‘Women in the Security Profession’.
Jacqui is also working on multiple industry initiatives. This includes managing the Australian Women in Security Network, The Security Job Profile Project, Project Friedman and the AWSN cadets. She is also part of the co-founding group of Cyber Volunteers 19 which aim to help health care and critics small businesses in times of crisis.
Jacqui’s day job is working for Cynch Security where they are working hard to help small businesses stay cyber fit.
Narelle Devine, was 17 years old when she joined the Royal Australian Navy.
While at the Australian Defence Force Academy she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Information Systems and English) and later returned to UNSW to complete two Masters Degrees in Science– Information Technology and
After 23 years serving with the Navy, Narelle was appointed Chief Information Security Officer for the Australian Government Department of Human Services in 2016. The department transitioned to Services Australia in February 2020.
Narelle’s team of over 260 staff protect the personal and financial security of 26 million Australians, managing 800 000 authentications every day and protecting the $190 billion in payments the agency makes each year.
James is AARNet’s (Australia’s Academic & Research Network) General Manager of Security Operations, responsible for Security GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) and the SOC (Security Operations Centre). AARNet (www.aarnet.edu.au) is a not-for-profit National Research and Education Network (NREN), a national resource owned by the Australian universities and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) delivering world-class high-speed low-latency network infrastructure and an expanding portfolio of products and services, all designed to meet the unique needs of the research and education sector.
Until recently, James was a leader in Telstra’s Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Assurance team responsible for implementing and operationalising cyber security risk management maturity through business partnering, engagement and security compliance activities (including PCIDSS and ISMS/ISO27001). During his time at Telstra he was also seconded to Belong to lead their information security function. Prior to this, James also held various positions at Tabcorp, Deloitte, Foster’s Group (now Carlton United Breweries and Treasury Wine Estates) and Sensis.
Jacinta Thomson has spent the last 24 years working in law enforcement and the public sector. Jacinta is a strategically focused leader with a strong skill set in building organisational capability, trusted relationships and driving reform.
As the Director, Security Management, Department of Justice and Community Safety she held the position of Agency Security Advisor and lead department representative on the State Emergency Management Team. At DJCS Jacinta established a high performing security and emergency management assurance capability, working collegiately across the organisation and Victorian Government to strengthen the department’s security and emergency management posture. Jacinta brings a wealth of investigative and operational experience from her time in Queensland Police Service and Victoria Police where she attained the rank of Senior Detective.
At the Department of Defence, Jacinta led and managed national and international security investigations, audits and reviews. As the Director, Defence Industry Security, Jacinta led the delivery of bilateral security requirements to support the Australian – United States Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty through to implementation. She also managed the Defence Industry Security Program, strategies and plans to support defence and broader government contracts requiring third parties access to government classified information and assets.
Returning to Victoria in 2012, Jacinta managed the establishment of the Office of the Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection. Jacinta has commenced a Masters of Policy and Politics, is a participant on the Victorian Leadership Academy, 2019 Leadership Development Program.
In 2019, Jacinta was awarded the Institute of Public Administration Australia – Victoria Top 50 Public Sector Women 2019 Established Leaders Award. She recently commenced a new role at Victoria Police in the position of Director, Police Enquiry and Data Sharing Department.
Experienced Chief Information Security Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public sector industry.
Asaf has been responsible for cyber/information security for the last 15+ years. He has acquired proven expertise in information/cyber security management, risk and Governance. Helped organisations solve and manage complex information security challenges through appropriate use of strategy, risk-based approach, pragmatic use of technical solutions, to address both service delivery and compliance requirements.
Recognising that Cyber security is a business responsibility Asaf’s experience is in developing a cyber security program and roadmap together with all the stakeholders. These are all developed based on best practice frameworks and international cyber security standards.
Asaf is currently responsible for Cyber Security Governance, Technology Risk and Information Security management function for Fire and Rescue NSW, and active at the cluster level as part of the NSW Cyber Security Steering Working group.
Rachell brings 22 years’ experience within protective security, risk and resilience to her role as judge for the AWSN Women in Security Awards.
She has worked within many areas of this sector including alarm monitoring and control room, technical support, fire life safety, training and compliance, quality assurance, and WHS.
She was awarded the prestigious OSPA (Outstanding Security Professional Awards) Most Outstanding Security Consultant award in 2017 for consulting work delivered Internationally in Pakistan.
Currently Rachell is an associate at Aurecon, leading the security and risk discipline in the Melbourne office and providing security consulting and design services to a range of clients.
Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand.
He is responsible for international trade and security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it
supports. He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth
requirements for trade control, national security and relevant federal and state laws.
Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with
appointments which include; Assistant Secretary – Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation, Director General – Safety, Compensation and People Development, Assistant Secretary – Defence Security, Various appointments in the Attorney General;s Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations.
Jason has a number of publications in the areas of client service, intelligence management and security. He is internationally known speaker in the areas of intelligence, security, innovation, export control, scenario and strategic planning. He is a Fellow of the British Security Institute and ARPI, a member of ASIS International, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and holds Security Professional Chartered status in the UK and Registered Professional status with SPR-A.
He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011. In 2019 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 20 globally influential persons in Security and Fire Management.
“With over 20 years in risk and security in Australian and overseas, Tamsyn is a passionate supporter of developing, supporting and inspiring diversity. Tamsyn is the Chair of AWSN and is thrilled to be one of the judges for the awards this year. “
Bryan de Caires, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL).
Bryan has 30 years senior management experience across a range of industry sectors. His early career was as a senior editor with Euromoney Plc, a global finance and business publisher based in London. He moved to Australia in 1990 and joined join b2b media company AIC (later renamed Terrapinn) as General Manager. In 1999 he joined the Australian Human Resources Institute as National Professional Development Manager.
He joined ASIAL in 2000 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2006. He has helped to guide the organisation through a period of growth and development, including overseeing its federal registration as an Employer Organisation.
Established in 1969, ASIAL is the peak national body for security professionals in Australia.
Tony Vizza has been involved in the information technology and information security fields for more than 25 years.
Tony completed a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney which included study at Stanford University, The London School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is currently studying for a Juris Doctor degree at the University of New South Wales.
His information security credentials include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and he is a certified ISO/IEC 27001 Senior Lead Auditor.
Tony is a member of the board of directors for the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), Cyber Security Ambassador for the NSW Government, a member of the Cybersecurity Industry Advisory Committee for the NSW Government, a member of the Technology and Business Services Industry Skills Reference Group for NSW TAFE, a member of the Data Security Standards Committee for Blockchain Australia and has provided expert services to the Australian Government’s Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) as well as numerous boards.
Magda Chelly is a former Chief Information Security Officer. She has a Ph.D. in Telecommunication Engineering and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Following 6 different countries, and her own entrepreneurial journey, she is currently leading the Cyber Risk Consulting Services in Asia for Marsh, based out of Singapore. Chelly has been supporting companies across the world as a vCISO during her career, building cyber security strategies, and technical roadmaps for continuously changing technological landscapes.
She has been a keynote speaker for international conferences, and is recognised as an international influencer, globally.
Darren is an information security reporter with more than a decade’s experience in the beat. He moved to Telstra’s cyber security unit after serving as an infosec correspondent for various tech-focused publications.
You’ll find Darren in his spare time pursuing all things fitness and breaking things on his motorbike and around the house.
Alastair was recently the National Cyber Security Adviser, head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (Australian Signals Directorate) and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security.
He has a private sector and government background and has served as the Government’s e-Safety Commissioner and as the general manager of security for Dimension Data.
Alastair helped establish the Australian Federal Police’s high-tech crime centre during his long stint with the Australian Federal Police, and also previously worked at eBay as its senior director of trust, safety and customer support, and as the local CEO of infosec certification not-for-profit CREST Australia.
CyberCX has a workforce of over 400 of Australia’s most talented cyber security professionals, revenues of more than $100 million per year and a national footprint of over 20 offices across Australia.