AustCyber AllStars: Launch of Australia's Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2019 and the CISO Lens Benchmark 2019


The AustCyber AllStars series features experts from a range of disciplines in Australia and the rest of the world sharing their knowledge and providing advice to help grow Australia’s cyber security sector.

The NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node invites you to join AustCyber's CEO, Michelle Price and James Turner, Founder of CISO Lens, for a fireside chat on the CISO Lens Benchmark 2019 and Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan.

CISO Lens is a forum for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large Australian and New Zealand organisations. The CISO Lens Benchmark 2019 aims to enable evidence-based decision making around strategy and resource allocation and is founded on benchmarking completed by Mr Turner with cyber security executives to assess how their organisations respond to cyber risks.

Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan draws on extensive industry consultation and research to provide a picture of the global outlook, challenges, opportunities and priority actions needed to grow a vibrant and globally competitive cyber security sector that enhances Australia’s future economic growth. The 2019 update was authored by AustCyber who also released the original Plan in 2017 and an update last year.

Michelle and James will traverse a range of topics – with plenty of time for questions and audience engagement. Areas of discussion will include:

CISO Lens Benchmark 2019

  • The benchmark survey and how it was conducted
  • The role of the CISO and security teams
  • Cyber security budgeting through different lenses
  • How to use the information within the Benchmark to help ensure your organisation is putting forward a cyber security posture commensurate to the value you deliver
  • How the results of the Benchmark will improve cyber security governance within organisations, as well as cyber resilience across the Australian and New Zealand economies

Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2019

  • Outlook – global demand is surging; external spending on cyber security products is growing by 8% in Australia; and Australia’s revenue from cyber security could triple over the next decade.
  • Challenges being addressed – skills shortage; lack of alignment in research and commercialisation; market barriers; and the underlying structural challenges of having an inadequate measurement of the sector’s development, and its impact and contribution to economic prosperity.
  • Actions for growth – how AustCyber is growing Australia’s cyber security ecosystem, exporting Australia’s cyber capabilities to the world and establishing Australia as a leading centre for cyber education.
  • Cyber as a ‘horizontal’ – how cyber security as a business activity, as well as an economic pursuit, cuts across all industries.

Schedule for the day:

  • 9:45am – Arrival and registration. Please bring ID (government-issued) as you will be required to show this when entering the Sydney JCSC. Once you have registered with Eventbrite, the specific address will be shared.
  • 10:10am – Discussion commences
  • 11:30am – Networking (lunch supplied)

About James Turner

James Turner is the founder of CISO Lens, where he works with the security leaders from the largest organisations across Australia and New Zealand. James facilitates connections and collaboration, and helps share strategic information across organisations, industries and countries.

Since 2005, James has specialised as a Security Industry Analyst and Advisor – gathering, curating and disseminating information that is of strategic importance to cyber risk management. In 2018, James launched the CISO Lens Benchmark, an annual report providing independent, local, and current information for local technology and security executives. In 2017, when working as an Advisor at IBRS, James established the CIO Cyber and Risk Network. Now, as an emeritus Advisor at IBRS, James continues to chair the gatherings of this group. In 2013, James was appointed Chair of the Advocacy group at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), where he volunteered as an official spokesperson for three years.

James also writes opinion pieces for the Australian Financial Review on national cyber security issues.

About the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node

The NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node is part of a National Network of Cyber Security Innovation Nodes, designed to foster and accelerate cyber capability and innovation across the country. The Node is funded by AustCyber and the NSW Government.

This event is part of a national roadshow.

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