Cyber Week Thank You

Cyber Week Thank You

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A Big “Thankyou” to all Speakers, Delegates and Supporters

Four events and more than 100 speakers – that was our first Cyber Week and many thanks to everyone who helped make it a great success.

The week began Monday Sept 25 with Sydney’s Sky’s the Limit (#ozcyber #SkysTheLimit) – a follow on from last week’s CISO pitch event in Melbourne where Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from leading Australian businesses heard about exciting new business ready solutions from eight small Australian cyber security companies.

Facilitated by IBRS Advisor James Turner, with the support of AustCyber, the event showcased brilliant ready to market solutions from Bugcrowd, Secure Code Warrior, Airlock Digital, Kasada, Cog Systems, Penten, ResponSight, Haventec and a special briefing from WithYouWithMe, a small business focusing on transitioning former Australian Defence Force personnel into cyber security roles. Thankyou James for running a great pitching event and we look forward to working with you again.

Sky’s the Limit was followed by an industry/academia workshop to kick off industry consultation for development of Australia’s first Cyber Security Industry Roadmap, complementary to Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. This project is a partnership between AustCyber, Data61 and CSIRO Futures and is leveraging CSIRO’s experience in developing Industry Roadmaps for the other Industry Growth Centres. It will explore the role of cyber security in enabling long-term opportunities across the economy, with case studies across the five growth sectors.

Tuesday and Wednesday Sept 26 & 27 saw the convening of #SINET61, a partnership between AustCyber, US-based Security Innovation Network (SINET) and Data61, which brought together around 200 senior executives from across all sectors of the economy together with a range of international guests and members of the Australian Parliament.

The two days were jam-packed with panel discussions on highly topical issues like disruptive technology in cyber security, data breach notification legislation, CEO insights into the role of cyber security as a business enabler and technical/non technical skills shortages.

A panel on the role of cyber security in growth sectors, chaired by Adrian Turner and involving the CEOs of each Industry Growth Centre, was also a key part of the agenda (pictured). Lunch time table talks also gave delegates the opportunity to have a focused discussion on key topics with leading experts from across the domestic and international ecosystems.

SINET61 2017 was a great success, with feedback noting the tangible increase in the maturity of discussion and audience engagement from SINET61 2016 (convened last September). This was particularly evident in the increased awareness of and appreciation for the capabilities of small Australian cyber security companies in the growth of the cyber security sector but also the economy.

The week was rounded off by the AustCyber National Fintech Cyber Security Summit (#FinCyberAus) and Workshops, which saw over 270 people from across Australia coming together to discuss the intersection of fintech and cyber security – and the opportunities available as a result. Panel sessions and keynote presentations highlighted the need for Australian fintech companies to better understand the long term growth prospects available when cyber security is an embedded business function.

Also a key feature of the #FinCyberAus agenda was Michael Clifton, Executive Director of Austrade, making the announcement for the San Francisco Landing Pad’s first dedicated cyber security program together with the naming of the first cohort of Australian cyber security companies BankVault, Cog Systems, Haventec, Hivint, NetCrypt and SIEMonster.

The program will start in early 2018 and run up to the 2018 RSA Conference in San Franciso, the world’s largest cyber security conference (which had global attendance of around 48,000 people in February 2017). Michael also announced Austrade will be partnering with AustCyber to deliver an Australia Lounge at the 2018 RSA Conference, which will serve as a focal point to showcase a broad range of Australian cyber security capability.

Many thanks again to everyone who attended all events and workshops and we also appreciate the hard work by Stone & Chalk and Slattery IT for powering our successful National Fintech Cyber Security Summit with fellow sponsors EY, Optus and Westpac.


The winners of AustCyber’s first Defence Industry Cyber Security Challenge were also announced during Cyber Week (at SINET61) in a ceremony officiated by AustCyber CEO Craig Davies and supported by Challenge partners Dtex Systems and ThreatMetrix – both Australian born cyber security companies. The four winners attended SINET61 as part of their prize and will go on to receive a range of skills development focused prizes including internships and practitioner level workforce training, provided by the Challenge sponsors Boeing Defence Australia, Nova Systems and Saab Australia.

Congratulations to our four winners (from second left):

Dtex Insider Threat Challenge – Bradley Lang (Student – Morphetville SA)

Threatmetrix Account Takeover Challenge – John Wilbraham (Royal Australian Navy – Sydney)

Highest Performing Female – Tracy Tam (Award winning Pastry Chef – Melbourne)

Undergraduate Prize – Clinton Page (Student North East Adelaide)