Australian Cyber Week 2019 will showcase vibrant, growing sector

Cyber Week 2019

Australian Cyber Week 2019, nationally coordinated by AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network – is being held from 7-11 October at various locations across Australia this year.

Cyber Week provides opportunities for Australian cyber security and related organisations to showcase their capabilities and network with peers, potential investors and customers. It also provides a great way for cyber curious individuals and organisations to better understand what cyber security can do and mean for them.

“Cyber Week 2019 aligns with AustCyber’s mission to grow a globally competitive cyber security sector by connecting Australian capabilities with key domestic and international stakeholders who are contributing to the growth and success of the sector, and enhancing future economic growth,” said Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber.

The flagship event of the annual awareness week is the Australian Cyber Conference held in Melbourne and coordinated by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

From 8-9 October, industry experts will provide their insights and best practices through a series of keynotes, plenary sessions and networking events. In 2018, 2000 individuals attended the conference and 2019 is projected to grow considerably.

Delegates range from company directors and managers to lawyers, risk professionals, software architects, and technical security specialists. They come from a broad range of industries from education to finance, government, healthcare, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and utilities.

"The Australian Cyber Conference is the event that makes the biggest impact nationally in advancing our industry's skills and professionalism. Our mission is to make Australians more cyber safe and secure."

Ms. Price said, "In addition to the Australian Cyber Conference, AustCyber and its partners are hosting a number of events and activities during Cyber Week that span the full breadth of the cyber security landscape – for those within the sector, but also well beyond.”

AustCyber, the Menzies Foundation and Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre have partnered to host an AustCyber AllStars event on 7 October in Melbourne, featuring international guest Brian David Johnson in conversation with Ms. Price. Topics of discussion will include the role of the strategy, futurist thinking and threatcasting in the evolution of the Australian cyber security sector.

“It is vital that Australia takes a leading role in building legal expertise to grapple with increasingly complex cyber threats, and The Menzies Foundation are delighted to be partnering with AustCyber as we focus on cyber resilience in ASEAN and pacific,” said Liz Gillies, CEO of The Menzies Foundation.

“Australian Cyber Week brings academics and professionals from varied disciplines together – spanning engineering and digital forensics right through to the law and policy” said the CEO of the Cyber Security Research Centre, Ms Rachael Falk.

“It is also a great opportunity to bring the community into the conversation about the opportunities and challenges of living in a connected, always-on world.”

In partnership with NSW Government and RSAC Conference, RSAC Unplugged will be held in Australia for the first time on 10 October at the Sydney Joint Cyber Security Centre. This free one-day program will focus on cyber security for critical services and feature content that spans regional and global concerns.

“Cybersecurity threats can often seem overwhelming because attacks are becoming more complex, aggressive and damaging,” said Linda Gray Martin, Sr. Director & General Manager, RSA Conferences.

“This is exactly why it’s critical for the community to come together to collaborate on new and emerging cyber vulnerabilities and explore innovative approaches to mitigate these threats. We’re looking forward to hearing from some of Australia’s best and brightest at RSAC Unplugged Sydney, part of Australian Cyber Week, as we tackle these challenges together.”

This event will also feature a RSAC Launch Pad, where three early stage startups – Hypersec, HackHunter and Laava – share their brilliant industry solutions in a Shark Tank-style competition to try to convince a panel of judges that their product has strong potential for success.

The National Missing Persons Hackathon 2019, held on 11 October, is one of the most innovative events in Australia and is being led by AustCyber’s Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and Trace Labs.

The event will see the gathering of ethical hackers and investigators using online investigative techniques within the bounds of the law to find new leads on real missing persons cases in Australia. Contestants will be using their cyber skills to gather open source intelligence (OSINT) on long-term and current missing persons using only information that is publicly available on the internet. The goal of this is to generate new leads on cases that can provide assistance to the relevant Australian policing jurisdictions in their investigations.

“AustCyber, with our partners, has created a world-first event – the first time an entire country has come together for 6-hours to generate new leads through open source intelligence,” said Linda Cavanagh, Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node Manager.

“Theoretical concepts are put aside so participants can operate in real time, with real data, for a real human impact. Imagine the possibility of a missing person case being solved by the community using crowdsourced cyber skils!”

This year, Australian Cyber Week also aligns with Stay Smart Online Week, being held from 7-13 October. Australians are encouraged to take control of their online identity by reviewing privacy settings, knowing how to spot phishing scams, creating strong and unique passwords and turning on two-factor authentication.

For more information about Australian Cyber Week 2019, visit: https://www.austcyber.com/news-events/australian-cyberweek.