Keynote Speakers:

Peter Coroneos

International Vice President, Cybersecurity Advisors Network


Peter is an internationally recognised authority on cyber policy. In 2019 he was appointed as the International Vice President at Cybersecurity Advisors Network (CyAN), where he works to promote a culture of cybersecurity across industries and jurisdictions. His appointment is recognition of the hard work he put in to building a strong, successful Asia Pacific CyAN community.


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How does the risk behaviour need to change to keep pace with a hyper connected world?

What can the last 200 million years of evolution tell us about the way humans respond to cyber threats?
In this fascinating, thought provoking and highly original presentation, international cybersecurity thought leader Peter Coroneos will guide us down a path rarely trodden by traditional cyber risk analysis.

This presentation will radically transform the way you think about cyber risk and will open the way to a more sophisticated approach to a problem that shows no signs of abating.

Dr Andrew Dowse
Director, Defence Research and Engagement, Edith Cowan University
Andrew Dowse served as an electronic engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force over a 37 year career in areas such as air defence, IT, communications and electronic warfare. His senior appointments included oversight of Defence capability planning, Air Force strategy and his final posting as Head of ICT Operations and Defence strategic J6. Andrew retired from active military service at the rank of Air Vice-Marshal in early 2018 and now works at Edith Cowan University, where he advises on research and education programs to support Defence. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for Sapien Cyber and a board member for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.

Information warfare - control and hyper connectivity, and their implications for cyber security:

Dr Dowse will briefly recount his views on the evolution of cyber security in Defence. He will then consider the changes in information system technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with two key aspects – information control and connectivity – combining to fundamentally change the future threat landscape. With these changes, traditional approaches to cyber security will be ineffective and we need to think about how we can adjust our protective capabilities in response to this looming information warfare threat.


Featured Speakers:

David Bartlett
David Bartlett
Director, PlaceSpeak
David is the Chairman and co-founder of a number of high-growth Australian and New Zealand based technology companies. He is also a Director of PlaceSpeak international, a company delivering the world’s first geo-social online consultation platform for Government and industry. Prior to this, David was the 43rd Premier of the Australian State of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011 and Chief Information Officer and industry development specialist in the information technology and telecommunications sector.

Credited with switching on the first non-Telstra owned optic fibre backbone in Tasmania and celebrated for his work in promoting innovation and broadband infrastructure, The Australian named David as one of Australia's Top 50 most influential people in technology.

The Next Big Thing:
We’ve all heard of and to a large extent are living through the great digital disruption. Change is everywhere but more change is coming. In this engaging glimpse into the future David unpacks the next big five technological disruptions that business and government need to planning for. From additive manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous vehicles to collaborative production and the genome revolution - everything has changed and is only going to change more.

Nicolas Aragnou
Nicolas Aragnou
IT Infrastructure Lead, Kennards Hire
Nicolas is IT Infrastructure Lead at Kennards Hire, one of the biggest players in the trans-Tasman equipment hire market. With more than 162 branches and 1,100 employees, Kennards Hire is a family-owned business founded more than 70 years ago in Bathurst. Nicolas, who graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Engineering, has been with Kennards Hire since 2012.

Nicolas has been instrumental in a number of digital transformation projects at Kennards Hire. He is currently spearheading Kennard Hire’s current Fortinet-based initiative. His presentation will focus on the challenges faced by Kennards Hire and how they have harnessed Fortinet’s Security Fabric to embrace digital technology.

Scott La Franchie
Scott La Franchie
Head of Cybersecurity, Kordia
Scott has more than 12 years’ experience in cyber security, software & telecommunications. During this time he has held multiple marketing and product development roles across various organisations, including NZ Police, Orcon, Yellow and GEO (formally GeoOp).

As Head of Cybersecurity at Kordia, a leading provider of mission-critical technology to businesses in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, Scott is in charge of the strategic leadership of this key portfolio. His key responsibilities include ensuring that any products and services launched as part of Kordia’s security offering are both leading-edge in approach, and that they help ease our customers’ pain points when it comes to improving their overall security posture.

Scott is also the subject matter expert internally for Kordia’s Advice, Protect and Insight & Response Portfolio, which is NZ's most comprehensive cyber security offering. It comprises a range of solutions for Kordia’s customers, from managed security products through to expert consultancy services, provided by Kordia’s independent, award-winning cyber consultancy, Aura Information Security.

Glenn Veen
Glenn Veen
Director of Infrastructure, Government of Western Australia - Department of Education
In this role, Glenn has overall responsibility for designing, developing, implementing, monitoring and managing the Department’s technology and telecommunications infrastructure.

The components of the ICT strategy that Glenn is responsible for include the telecommunications (voice and data) deployment, Internet Service Provision, as well as the Standard Operating Environment for schools. The SOE has been implemented in 791 of the Department’s 799 schools.

Frank Phillis
Frank Phillis
Specialist Technical Account Manager, Amazon Web Services
Focused on Security within AWS, Frank regularly travels within the ASEAN region, providing guidance, best practice and technical deep dives for AWS customers on implementing security best practices for their AWS accounts and workloads. Prior to this role, Frank was a Senior Engineer in the AWS Support organisation, and prior to that, he led the Cloud Support (Security) team in Sydney within AWS. Before AWS, Frank has worked in various technical roles in Telstra, The Seven Network and Bloomberg, to name a few. Frank’s main areas of discipline within AWS are Authentication/Authorisation, cryptography, incident response/monitoring and Denial of Service.

Stephen Watkins
Stephen Watkins
Principal Security Architect, Fortinet USA
Stephen serves as a Principal Security Architect with Fortinet where he focuses on Secure SD-WAN and SD-Branch solutions, and the Fortinet Security Fabric. Having more than 25 years' IT & Information Security experience and expertise, Stephen is responsible for influencing solution capabilities and evangelising Fortinet’s security solutions throughout industry.

Transform your distributed enterprise network with SD-Branch:
Today’s distributed enterprise networks connect branch sites through a Wide Area Network (WAN). These branches, while not traditionally a hub of application servers or data repositories, provide an active attack surface and entry point to confidential information that if lost could induce negative consequences onto an enterprise. Learn how adopting SD-Branch into your distributed enterprise is an opportunity to implement consistent security from edge to endpoint. SD-Branch simplifies security by increasing visibility, extending detection and response capabilities, and enabling automation, all via the integration of disparate branch solutions.

Aamir Lakhani
Aamir Lakhani
Senior Researcher, Fortinet USA
Aamir, AKA Dr. Chaos, is a leading senior security strategist. He is responsible for providing IT security solutions to major enterprises and government organisations. Mr. Lakhani creates technical security strategies and leads security implementation projects for Fortune 500 companies. Industries of focus include healthcare providers, educational institutions, financial institutions and government organisations. Aamir has designed offensive counter-defence measures for the Department of Defense and national intelligence agencies. He has also assisted organisations with safeguarding IT and physical environments from attacks perpetrated by underground cybercriminal groups.

6 Seconds to Save the World:
It takes approximately 6 seconds or less for an attacker to gain remote access to a system with the right exploits, yet it sometimes takes over 6 months for organisations to recognise an actual data breach. Windows bugs are the least of your worries in a hyperconnected world of 5G, drones, and IoT. Let us examine attack techniques hackers are using to bypass your sophisticated security products. Let’s examine how we can recognise and stop attacks while they are occurring use threat intelligence techniques, the MITRE ATT@CK Framework, and FortiGuard Threat Intelligence. You have 6 seconds to save your world, do you accept the challenge?

Cornelius Mare
Cornelius Mare
Director of Security Solutions, Fortinet ANZ
In his role as Director of Security Solutions, Cornelius acts as the evangelist for Fortinet activities across Australia and the advanced technology that underpins its success. His role is to provide leadership and strategy for technical, pre-sales and support initiatives. He works closely with partners and customers to understand their business drivers and risk posture and to reduce their risk to an acceptable level.

Is DevOps the new norm and Cloud the new Infrastructure?:
The IT leaders of today are faced with new challenges in world of digital transformation and changes on the traditional data centre is one of them. IoT, OT, SDN & Multi-Cloud are key tenants of a hybrid world. This expanded digital attack Surface has increased complexity created by too many independent security solutions. Get insights into the impact this is having on the traditional data centre and how you can achieve an integrated security approach, automating security operations reducing complexity across your network.