9 April, 2024 | Hyatt Regency, Sydney

The Implications of AI & Ensuring Top-Down Cyber Leadership

120 leading CISOs & CSOs from enterprise and government organisations in a day of private peer networking and fact-based insights on building digital resilience and enabling organisational agility amidst current threats and the rise in cyber crime.

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With Australia already under high profile attack, will the AI tidal wave scale the threats and risk in 2024?

The Government dreams of national cyber resilience. Meanwhile, organisations chase digital growth and agility for their dispersed workforce, while guaranteeing verification, compliance, and trust.

To reach these goals, we must support our national CISO heroes, improve risk culture, protect the data, and ensure that Cyber leadership comes from the top.

Security leaders have the opportunity, attention, and funding, but operating at 100%, many will struggle to find the talent to fix everything.

ADAPT Security Edge brings a powerful agenda of experience and experts, codifying research and lessons learned to give our local security leaders practical ways to improve security posture, minimise risks and deliver in their ever-challenging roles.

Past Speakers

Be inspired and learn from the world’s foremost thought leaders and chief security officers. Harness the collective intelligence to learn best practices at our cyber security conference.

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Cyber Security Sociologist and Partner at PwC

Kylie Watson

Cyber Security Sociologist and Partner at PwC


Kylie is a Cyber Security Sociologist and Partner at PwC and specialises in the human and technical aspects of threat intelligence, cloud security, firewalls, IDAM and data risk.

Kylie advises across all industries on cyber investments and on how vulnerabilities can be reduced. Her significant experience and understanding of cyber attacks and patterns of malicious activity, enables her to advise on logistics for replacement or strengthening of systems and firewalls, on hybrid cloud security, implementing and maintaining identity and access management safeguards, identifying and quantifying emerging risks facing data assets, deploying support to cyber teams during breaches and providing the latest threat intelligence.

Lately she’s been helping organisations with cyber risk controls around Chat GPT.

Kylie regularly speaks at universities and has published research papers on threat intelligence, risks in predictive analytics and digital nudge theory. She has degrees in cyber security, data, sociology and humanities, as well as teaching, behavioural science and management qualifications.

Executive Director at Cyber Security NSW

Tony Chapman

Executive Director at Cyber Security NSW


Tony Chapman was appointed to the role of NSW Chief Cyber Security Officer (CCSO) in May 2019 following the establishment of Cyber Security NSW.

Under Tony’s leadership, Cyber Security NSW focuses on enhancing whole-of-government cyber security capabilities and standards, boosting cyber incident response coordination, and overseeing the development of strategic cyber security policy positions. A key component of his role is the provision of advice to the NSW Government to drive a culture of risk management and awareness to support greater resilience to cyber security threats.

CISO at NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Bianca Wirth

CISO at NSW Department of Planning and Environment


Bianca Wirth has over 20 years’ experience in IT and security, and she has consulted to over 200 companies from a diverse range of industries and government in this time. She has worked for a global software vendor and Big 4, developed her own successful consulting business and has guest lectured on security at universities. Bianca is currently the CISO at NSW Department of Planning & Environment.

CISO & Security Practice leader A/NZ at Kyndryl

Collin Penman

CISO & Security Practice leader A/NZ at Kyndryl


Collin Penman is the Country CISO and Practice Leader, Security and Resiliency for Kyndryl A/NZ.

He is an experienced leader and advisor with over 30 years’ experience in cyber security and advanced telecommunications, working for organisations including IBM, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, Checkpoint and Telstra. In his role as Practice Leader, he works closely with some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest organisations to bolster their security strategies and infrastructure across cyber risk, compliance and governance, multi-cloud workloads, shared services and networks.

As Country CISO he also has a responsibility to the board and customers for the cyber security operations of not only Kyndryl’s own operations in A/NZ, but also the workloads of Critical Infrastructure Organisations under management.

Uniting the Region’s
Top IT Security Leaders

Security Edge is an invitation-only conference that brings together technology executives from the region’s most influential Enterprises and Government organisations.

An Interactive Day with Leading Security and Risk Stakeholders

Hear from the experts, draw upon the collective intelligence of our region’s top CISOs and learn the next steps from others on similar journeys.

Participate in cross-industry roundtable discussions and networking to inspire new ways of thinking and share ideas amidst emerging challenges.

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The Benefits of Attending Security Edge

Forge Connections with Peers

Boost your capabilities by establishing trusted connections with expert stakeholders and high-calibre peers. Every delegate must qualify to join our exclusive community of industry professionals.

Tailor Your Experience

Choose your journey through a selection of keynotes, panel sessions, roundtables and workshops, aligning our content with your tactical and strategic needs amidst the evolving landscape of cyber threats and cybercrime.

Gain Actionable Insights

Learn from global speakers who equip you with their experience, providing you with the tools and competence you need in risk management and cloud security.

Engaging in Vital Discussions on Key Themes

01 Risk Culture: Quantification, Appetite and Management

2023 needs an integrated enterprise wide, risk-based approach. Is the organisation thinking deeply and building the right culture of risk? How do we navigate unique operating contexts and risk profiles if risk is siloed in multiple roles?

02 Cyber Crisis Preparation and Operational Resilience

Beyond the ‘Identify, Protect, Detect’, how to be fit-for-purpose for the inevitable Ransomware and Incident Response? Ensuring BCP and Recovery with minimal complexity.

03 Effective Cyber Security Metrics and Reporting

Enterprise Security Strategy requires improved cyber capabilities, posture, policy and protections to close the gaps. How best to measure and report on cyber metrics and maturity ratings? How to ensure the data aligns with organisational objectives?

04 Identify, Protect and Leverage the Crown Jewels

Where are your key information assets? How to classify, uplift and protect the controls around them while still ensuring easy access? What if the data is in multiple clouds?

05 Team Performance: Build, Attract and Retain the Best

How can you and your teams thrive while doing more with less? How to build a network of high performance and engagement from all your stakeholders?

06 Cyber Stress: Protecting Mental Health

The intense tactical environment of cyber operations has a detrimental impact on frontline teams. What are the proven support structures for mental resilience? A workshop with Cybermindz.

07 Improving your Persuasion and Negotiation skills

It isn’t just about getting funding. How to cut through with busy executive leaders and the Board? How to understand your culture, tell a story and best frame your messaging?

Security Edge has to be the standout event for those leading security teams in Australia. The speakers and content are diverse and relevant across all industries." Senior Manager, Information Security,
Clayton UTZ
An event with great opportunities for networking and valuable 1:1 sessions. The content is so relevant to the Australian cyber market and current economic situation." CISO,
Hits the bullseye every time with a collection of some of the best minds from across the industry. CIO,
Catholic Education Office Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
A valuable day with peers, great presenters and streamlined interaction with vendors. Great to be back to face-to-face interactions." CISO,
Amazingly well run operation. The guest speakers were thought provoking, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their topic. Another great event! Research Science Cloud Manager,
Defence Science and Technology Group

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