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CISO Edge Post Event Report, July 2018

Security and Risk now underpin every business mission, and any chance for Australia’s commercial growth.

Whether its Digital Transformation, Customer Experience, Workplace, Workforce, IoT, Applications, Cloud, or Innovation itself – everything must be trusted and secure.
Of all the executives we host, the ones that need most to gather and collaborate as a community for our commercial and national wellbeing – are all of you!

With this in mind, ADAPT created a safe place for our national Heads of security and risk to gather, share and collaborate – and we succeeded. 150 leaders, responsible for securing 1.3 million staff and 1/3 of our national GDP came to discuss our theme of Embedding Trust & Enabling Growth.

28 wonderful minds contributed with practical advice on what we need to do right now to create a culture of Cyber consciousness across our organisations: to move from the old world, to the new world.

We also focused on insights from business execs on culture, stakeholder and project management – and the common challenge of inter-departmental communication – or the lack of it.

We decided it was worth the challenge to launch into a crowded market – and we are so proud to have delivered! Cyber Edge was the result of a year of hard work, and a little faith from all of you – and we look forward to hosting you again soon.

Best wishes,

Jim Berry
CEO & Founder




In line with their recognition that their biggest cultural challenge is raising cybersecurity awareness, it is not surprising to see that the delegates reported their top investment priority in this area would be in education and training.

Given the many years of involvement that the delegates to Cyber Edge had in the topic and the evolving challenges that cyber security presents, it is also apparent that cyber security education and training must be an ongoing commitment even for the most senior people working in this area.


ADAPT is increasingly conscious that the biggest challenges confronting most IT executives revolve around overcoming cultural impediments that get in the way of harnessing technology. Therefore, questions around cultural challenges are now a staple in the surveys we undertake.

With Cyber Edge the delegates highlighted that their biggest cultural issue was increasing cyber security awareness in their organisation. This challenge is exacerbated by the next item they identi ed. Many organisations are fragmented between different business units and operational entities which hinder a holistic approach to address the challenges of cyber security. This fragmentation has the potential to create gaps in the defence mechanisms being used which the delegates felt could leave their businesses vulnerable.


With cultural issues being the biggest challenge facing most IT departments there is increasing awareness that the skill sets needed by many in the IT department are less about their technical wherewithal and much more around their soft skills. This was very much highlighted in the answers given to this Cyber Edge survey question. Less than a quarter of respondents believed technical know-how was the primary talent cyber security people needed. However, more than three quarters of the same group identi ed communication skills as the talent most needed. This in turn re ected the prominence ADAPT gave in the Cyber Edge agenda to insights on how to effect change management.

Cyber Edge Event Presentations

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ADCO Constructions – CIO

AIA Australia – Head of Technology Risk

AIG Australia – Australasian Financial Institutions Manager

Air New Zealand Limited – CISO

Allianz – CSO | Cyber Security & Business Resilience

Asaleo Care – Manager, IT Operations and Infrastructure

Auckland International Airport Limited – Director – Security Networks Ausgrid – Snr Manager, Cyber Threats & Engineering Operations

Australian Associated Press – Operations Manager

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Senior Advisor, Information Security Branch Australian Catholic University – Associate Director, IT Strategy & Planning Australian Prudential Regulation Authority – CSO

Australian Securities Exchange – CISO

Australia Post – CISO

Banjo’s Corporation PTY – Head of Information Technology

BaptistCare NSW & ACT – Senior IT Infrastructure Manager

Bauer Media – APAC Manager, Technical and Information Security

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank – Head Of Information Security

BHP – Manager, Cybersecurity Risks & Controls

Bolton Clarke – GM, Information Services

Boral Limited – Cyber Security Lead

British American Tobacco – Head of IT Security Asia Paci c & Middle East Built – CIO

Bulletproof – CFO

Cardno – Global IT Strategy and Solutions Manager

Catholic Education Of ce, Diocese of Parramatta – CIO

Chandler Macleod Group – GM, Technology Services

Clayton Utz – IT Director

Cleanaway Waste Management – Head of IT Infrastructure & Security Consultancy – Disruption Strategist

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu – CISO & Chief Risk Of cer

Department of Defence – CTO & CISO

Department of Justice, NSW – CIO

Dexus Property Group – Senior Manager, Digital & Customer Technology Dialog Marketing Services – Industry Analyst

Education (NZ), Ministry of – Head of IT

Employers Mutual – Head of Security and Infrastructure

Endeavour Energy – Information Security Management

EnergyAustralia – Information Security Manager

Enero Group – Group IT Director

Epworth Healthcare – CTO

Equifax – CISO

Equifax – CIO

Evolution Mining – IT Services and Security Manager

Fairfax Media – Director, Architecture and Security

Fire and Rescue NSW – CISO

Fonterra Australia – Chief Enterprise Architect

Forrester – VP, Principal Analyst, CIO Advisor

Forrester – Principal Analyst serving Security & Risk professionals Fox Sports – Head of Cyber Security and Compliance

Foxtel – Head of Organisational Resilience and IS Security Freightways – CIO

Genesis Care – IT Network & Communications Manager Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers – CTO

Gold Coast City Council – Information Technology Security Advisor

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service – Director, ITS, Digital Transformation & Security Services

Goodman Fielder – Enterprise Architect

GPT Group – Head of IT Operations

Harvey Nash – MD

Harvey Norman – Head Of Information Security

Hays Specialist Recruitment – Manager, Information Security and Risk Heritage Bank – Manager, Security Operations

Horizon Power – Information Security Manager

HSBC – Head of Security Risk

IAG – Senior Manager Cyber Strategy & Governance

IAG – Director, Data Governance

ISS Facility Services Australia – CIO

Johnson & Johnson Australia – Director, Business Technology

Kelly Speech Communication Pty Ltd – Director and Owner

KPMG – Acting CISO


Latitude Financial Services – Information Security Leader

Link Group – CTO & CISO

Macquarie Group – CISO

Maddocks – IT – Information Security

ME Bank – CISO

Melbourne Health – CTO

Mercury – Enterprise Information Security Manager

Metro South Hospital and Health Service – a/Executive Director, Logan Bayside Health Network

MLC – Risk Systems Manager, Management Assurance

MLC – Head of Management Assurance

MLC – Senior Security Advisor

Monash University – Manager, IT Security & Risk

Mondelez – Global IS Security Solutions Architect Lead

National Australia Bank – Non-Exec Director, NAB; Chairman, Treasury Corporation of NSW

National Disability Insurance Agency – CIO

National Stock Exchange of Australia – Head of Technology Navitas – Global Head of Information Security

Newgate – Associate Partner

News Corp Australia – Head of Cyber Defence

News Corp Australia – CISO

NEXTDC – Head of Customer Operations & Security

Norton Rose Group – CIO

NSW Health – Director Information Security Services (CISO) NSW Police Force – Commander, Cyber Advanced Capability Unit NSW Ports – Head of IT

Nutrien – Cybersecurity Service Delivery Manager

Of ceworks – Head of Information and Cyber Security

oOh!media Limited – CTO

oOh!media Limited – Cyber Security Lead

Parmalat – Systems Architect

Pluralsight – Information Security Author & Instructor

Primary Health Care Corporation – CISO

Primo Group Holdings – Group Manager, IT


Qantas – Group CISO

Queensland Airports Limited – Head of Cyber Security and Infrastructure Operations

Queensland Health – CISO

SAI Global – CISO & Data Protection Of cer

Salmat – CTO

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing – Manager, Information Security Serco Group Ltd – CISO

Seven West Media – Head of Operations and Delivery

Silver Chain – CSO

Singtel Optus – CISO

Sonic Healthcare – Manager, Cyber Security

St Vincent de Paul Society – CIO

Suncorp – Head of Security

Sunsuper – Director

Sunsuper – Head of Technology & Operations

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Swinburne University of Technology – CISO

Sydney Airport – Head of Technology Infrastructure & Cyber Security

Sydney Motorway Corporation – Principal Manager of IT Services & Portfolios (Acting CIO)

Sydney Water – Head of Digital Operations

TAL – Head of Digital Services – Group

Tech Research Asia – Director

Telstra – GM Cyber Security Operations & Threat Defence

The Smith Family – CIO

Thomas Foods International Consolidated – CIO

Tourism Australia – CIO

TransGrid – CISO

UniSuper – Head of Information & Cyber Security

University of Newcastle – Associate Director, Service Enhancement University of New England – Associate Director/Head of Enterprise Architecture, Governance and Information Security

University of Tasmania – Manager, ICT Security

University of Technology Sydney – Deputy CIO, Infrastructure and Operations UTS:INSEARCH – Head of ICT

ValueFlow Australia – Principal Consultant

Ventia – Group Manager, ICT Security & Risk

Veolia Environmental Services – Head of IT Infrastructure Security and Cloud Volvo Group Australia – Director, Security APAC

Western Sydney Local Health District – CISO

West eld (Scentre Group) – Director, Security

West eld (Scentre Group) – Senior Manager Information Management & Security

Westpac Banking Corporation – Head of Security Protection Services

Wilmar Sugar Australia Limited – IT Infrastructure Architect

WithYouWithMe – Head Cyber Learning

Woolworths – CISO

Work Health Group – Manager, ICT

WPP AUNZ – Group Technology Portfolio Director & Transformation Lead YHA Ltd – CIO

Zurich Financial Services Australia – APAC Security Architect & Head of Network Security Services

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