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Cyber Security Connect launches first-ever summit

Cyber Security Connect is pleased to announce the launch of its inaugural Cyber Security Summit with the support of principal partner Palo Alto Networks, which will take place in June 2023.

user iconMalavika Santhebennur
Tue, 29 Nov 2022
Cyber Security Connect launches first-ever summit
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Following the launch of the first-ever Cyber Security Connect Awards recently, the brand is marking another milestone by launching its summit at a critical juncture in Australia following two of the nation’s worst data breaches at Optus and Medibank this year.

As such, there has never been a more important time to ensure that Australian businesses and government bodies have the right cyber security protocols in place to overcome lurking cyber security threats, and prevent criminals from attacking businesses and causing legal, financial, and reputational damage.

The Cyber Security Summit will be held on Thursday, 1 June 2023 at Hotel Realm in Canberra.


You can find more information on the summit’s website, while tickets can be purchased here.

The summit includes a jam-packed agenda where attendees will hear directly from cyber experts who will deliver fundamental lessons to small, medium, and large businesses on how they could enhance their cyber security posture.

While Cyber Compass director Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson will assume MC duties, the summit will unpack the latest trends and strategies to ensure that businesses can meet their current and future cyber needs.

Industry leaders will deliver the latest updates on industry intelligence, guidelines, and regulations, as well as tips and strategies on how businesses could overcome emerging threats.

Attendees will gain insights on the international cyber crime trends that threaten the stability of governments, economies, and societies in our region and the opportunities available to build and maintain cyber resilience.

Speakers will examine new funding released in the federal budget and how Australia is planning to strengthen its cyber security across government, defence, and commercial industries, and combat ransomware in developing countries to reduce cyber threats in global supply chains.

The latest cyber crime victimology trends across defence, government, and commercial industries will also be a focus, with one session exploring how a business’ chief information security officer (CISO) and their team can implement the appropriate protections and determine what risk posture the business and supply chains should assume.

Attendees will also watch a real-time threat simulation unfold before their eyes as speakers discuss how the rise of ransomware as a service (RaaS) is enabling unskilled hackers to execute highly sophisticated cyber hacks through the deep web.

Speakers will outline the ransomware threats and trends every business should be mindful of and legal considerations that pose risks to companies transferring funds to ransomware actors.

With Industry 5.0 poised to see a partnership between intelligent humans and smart manufacturing machines, one of the sessions will focus on the unique threats for industrial areas such as power grids, transportation, water, monitoring and distribution, oil and gas, and communication systems that pose risk for catastrophic events if their systems are left vulnerable to attacks.

Speakers will go through case studies of operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) breaches and their associated vulnerabilities, risks, responses, and outcomes, and best practices and risk remediation techniques to protect the systems at the core of providing essential services to Australia.

Kmart Group cyber security services and program manager Sam Fariborz Birjand will explain why a comprehensive enterprise security strategy in addition to cyber security is key to minimising risk and keeping a business’ data, information, and assets safe (not just in their digital form).

He will explain what enterprise cyber security is and why it is important, the primary forms of cyber threats associated with enterprise security and the technology available to mitigate risk, and best practices for merging physical and cyber security to safeguard data.

At the final session, attendees will hear about the following topics: why it is important to develop a skilled workforce fit to fight cyber crime, the talent shortage and diversity issues within the cyber security industry, the opportunities available for talent diversification in the sector, and plans to promote growth and retention of women and Indigenous Australians, and create an industry that nurtures future generations of leaders.

Cyber Security Connect will reveal the line-up of speakers in the coming weeks.

To buy your tickets to the summit, click here.

For more information, including agenda, click here.

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