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Digital Defenders – Who’s guarding us from cyber-attack? (La Trobe Uni)
Thursday 21 June 2018, 06:30pm - 08:00pm
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Bold Thinking Series: La Trobe University


As the internet of things invades the everyday and our lives become more reliant on technology, so too are we becoming more and more vulnerable to privacy breaches and data misuse?

Join us and meet some of the people at the frontline of cyber security in Australia and understand what the risks are and how we are being protected. You’ll hear from an industry expert, telecommunications leader, policy maker and La Trobe University researcher for a behind- the-scenes glimpse into the dark world of cyber-crime.

Hosted by award-winning ABC journalist Elysse Morgan, this Bold Thinking Series panel discussion will ask if the pace of technology is keeping up with the need to safeguard our businesses, governments and private lives from intrusion, and what happens when our most personal information falls into the wrong hands? We will ask why, despite millions of dollars being spent by the government and other organisations on cyber security, we are not any safer?

This fourth Bold Thinking Series event for the year will also consider the legal, policy and regulatory challenges around information security; whether new crimes are being committed or are they simply old crimes using new technologies and; we will critique the current emerging issues in the cyber and information security sphere.

You’re invited to join us for the fourth Bold Thinking Series event of 2018 with digital defenders - La Trobe Cyber Security and Privacy specialists Professor Jill Slay and Professor David Watts, Head of Optus Cyber Security Simon Ratcliffe and PwC Cyber Security and Privacy specialist Megan Haas.

Followed by post-event tea and coffee.



Elysse Morgan hosts The Business on ABC TV, Business PM on ABC Radio, Mondays to Thursdays. An award-winning journalist with a specialist business and finance background, Elysse has been at the ABC for almost a decade. Prior to that Elysse worked at Sky News. After joining the ABC as a rural reporter focusing on trade and resources her specialist knowledge saw her promoted to ABC News's national finance round. After two years of co-hosting The Business, Elysse is now the host of ABC's Business programs.



Professor Jill Slay AM is Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University and Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the Australian Computer Society. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism. She is a Fellow of ACS and a Fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, both for her service to the information security industry (and is MACS CP and holds CISSP and CCFP certifications). She has completed the supervision of 19 PhDs and many Masters and Honours theses and has been awarded over AUD 2 million in Australian Government Category 1 research income, including a Future Fellowship.


Professor David Watts is one of Australia’s leading data protection experts. An experienced regulator, leader, policy maker, consultant and public and private sector lawyer, he has taken on and solved some of Australia’s most complex privacy and data protection challenges.

As Victorian Commissioner for Privacy and Data Protection, David led the development of Victoria's protective data security policy framework and protective data security standards. For almost a decade he was the independent statutory regulator over security in Victoria Police.

David is currently Professor of Information Law and Policy at La Trobe University's law school, task force leader on Big Data and Open Data for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, privacy adviser to UN Global Pulse, a key researcher at the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre. Special Advisor to PwC Australia and a Director of Bainbridge Associates, data protection advisory.


Simon Ratcliffe is a Cybersecurity business leader with expertise in intelligence driven information, and information infrastructure security services.

An honours graduate in Business and Economics from Thames Valley University London, he has thirty years of experience in the IT infrastructure market with roles including General Management and Directorships, with Dell SecureWorks, IBM Internet Security Systems, Director Europe Middle East and Africa for a global network infrastructure provider and consulting CEO/GM for early-stage, start-up and transformation businesses. He is currently the Head of Cyber Security at Optus.


Megan Haas is currently a Cyber and Forensic Services Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). With over 30 years experience, Megan has returned to Melbourne in January 2017 after spending 6 years based in Hong Kong working across Asia. After spending many years advising audit committees as part of the assurance practice specializing in business and Information Technology processes and controls, Megan is now focused on working with her clients to increase stakeholder confidence and governance of cyber security & privacy, corruption risks, anti-fraud programmes, compliance and post–incident remediation.


Location National Gallery of Victoria International Clemenger BBDO Auditorium 180 St Kilda Rd Southbank, VIC 3006
Must register.
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