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7th Annual

Australian Security Summit 2021

Thursday, 9 December 2021

QT Canberra

1
Expo
2
Topic Streams
20+
Inspiring Speakers
10
Government Case Studies
3
Hours of Dedicated Networking Breaks

“AuSec was a very informative security conference. The event provides a great platform to link together and consider the partner products promoted to solve security and or cyber issues facing us.”

Department of Defence

Growing security capabilities to safeguard Australia’s future.

Since 2014 the Australian Security Summit (Ausec) has brought together thousands of Australian public sector leaders to network, learn and gain insights regarding Australia’s national security.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve seen the coronavirus crisis have an unfathomable socio-economic impact globally, with the security sector inundated with emerging threats. The growing use of digital technologies has increased cyber security risks and technophobia, while border management operations remain crucial in the fight against COVID. Now more than ever, there is a critical need for coordinated and collaborative emergency response across jurisdictions.

In it’s 7th year, we are excited to bring AuSec back in person at the QT Canberra, gathering together the nation’s brightest security, defence and emergency service professionals to discuss how we can collaborate to safeguard Australia’s national security in an increasingly complex COVID-normal world.

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Map Your On-Site Experience

Select from your choice of 2 streams so that you can deep dive into the sessions that are most specific to you in your role.

Plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon will identify opportunities to embrace innovation across cyber security, border management, policing and critical infrastructure, focusing on interagency collaboration in national security operations.

 

Key Sessions Include:

Our priorities moving forward: Growing cybersecurity, border management, policing and infrastructure capabilities across government with Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Home Affairs, Parliament of Australia

Analysing the current environment: Tackling escalating malicious activity in the wake of COVID-19 with Abigail Bradshaw, Head, Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

Operation COVID-19 Assist: Collaborating across jurisdictions to defend Australia and its national interests with Rear Admiral Robert Path AM, Commander Defence COVID-19 Task Force, Australian Department of Defence

Combatting organised crime online with Ian McCartney, Deputy Commissioner Investigations (DCI), Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Establishing a unified strategy: Collaborating across agencies to secure Australia’s future with Professor Tanya Monro, Chief Defence Scientist, Department of Defence; Kylie Rendina, Assistant Commissioner, Operational Coordination and Planning, Australian Border Force (ABF); Linda Cavanagh, Chief Operating Officer, AustCyber; Georgeina Whelan, Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency

Grow cyber capabilities within your agency. In an age of enhanced connectivity, government must coordinate to mitigate attacks on Australia’s critical intelligence.

 

Key Sessions Include:

Critical infrastructure resilience: A whole-of-government approach to safeguarding essential services with Sam Grunhard, First Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure and Security Division, Department of Home Affairs

Advancing Australia’s cyber affairs and critical technologies agenda with Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Protecting businesses and consumers online with vigilance, education and growth with Leanne Fry, National Manager (CIO), Innovation and Technology Solutions, AUSTRAC; Guy Carlisle, Chief Information Officer / Chief Information Security Officer, Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions; Jonathan Dean, Office of Defence CISO, Department of Defence.

Rebuild Australia’s local and global economy by ensuring safe and sustainable immigration and trade. Governments across sectors are working hard to turbocharge exports and revive our visitor economy, but these endeavours must be supported by diligent border management.

 

Key Sessions Include:

Safely reopening the borders: Delivering critical border operations to promote economic recovery with Justine Saunders APM, Deputy commissioner, National Operations, Australian Border Force (ABF)

Collaborating between agencies to strengthen border management and joint operations with Lieutenant Greg Bilton AO CSC, Chief of Joint Operations, Department of Defence

Biosecurity for the 21st century: Changing paradigms with Andrew Tongue, Deputy Secretary Biosecurity Compliance, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Facilitating the safe movement of people and goods to fast-track economic recovery with Andrew Kefford PSM, Deputy Secretary Immigration & Settlement Services, Department of Home Affairs; Danielle Heinecke, First Assistant Secretary Pacific Operations & Performance Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Justine Gough, Assistant Commissioner Eastern Command, Australian Federal Police (AFP), Jason McDonald, Division Head Regulatory Reform Division, Deregulation Taskforce, Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Your Inspiring Speaker Panel

Abigail Bradshaw
Head, Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC),
Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

Professor Tanya Monro
Chief Defence Scientist,
Department of Defence

Dr Tobias Feakin
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Hon. Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Home Affairs,
Parliament of Australia

Ian McCartney
Deputy Commissioner Investigations (DCI),
Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Justine Saunders APM
Deputy Commissioner COVID Border Measures Group,
Australian Border Force (ABF)

Andrew Kefford PSM
Deputy Secretary Immigration & Settlement Services, 
Department of Home Affairs

Andrew Tongue
Deputy Secretary Biosecurity Compliance,
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Justine Gough
Assistant Commissioner, Eastern Command,
Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Lieutenant General Gregory Bilton AO CSC
Chief of Joint Operations,
Department of Defence

Leanne Fry
National Manager (CIO), Innovation and Technology Solutions,
AUSTRAC

Sam Grunhard
First Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure and Security Division,
Department of Home Affairs

Danielle Heinecke
First Assistant Secretary Pacific Operations & Performance Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Kylie Rendina
Assistant Commissioner, Operational Coordination and Planning,
Australian Border Force (ABF)

Georgeina Whelan
Commissioner,
ACT Emergency Services Agency

Jason McDonald
Division Head Regulatory Reform Division, Deregulation Taskforce, 
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Jonthan Dean

Jonathan Dean
Chief Information Security Officer
Department of Defence

Rear Admiral Robert Path AM
Commander Defence COVID-19 Task Force,
Australian Department of Defence

Linda Cavanagh
Chief Operating Officer,
AustCyber

Guillaume (Gui) Noé
Senior Director,
Avanade

Guy Carlisle

Guy Carlisle
Chief Information Officer,
Chief Information Security Officer
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Rob Roe

Robinson Roe CIPP/E CIPM
Managing Director APJ

OneTrust

Ben King

Ben King
Regional Chief Security Officer APAC
Okta

David Nicol

David Nicol
Managing Director Australia & New Zealand
BlackBerry Australia

Phil Dawson

Phil Dawson
Managing Director

AUCloud

David Coleman

David Coleman
Lead Solution Architect, ANZ

Rapid7

Dr Rajiv Shah
Fellow
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Aidan Tudehope
Managing Director,
Macquarie Government

Why Your Peers Enjoy AuSec

A very well organised event with excellent speakers.

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Great conference and good opportunity to network with our target demographic of public service.

Wilson Security

Well attended and relevant to our marketing objectives.

BAE Systems AI

Very well organised, targeted audience!

Cognitec

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Networking Breakfast

Catering

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided

Unrivalled Content

Access to plenary sessions and your choice of specialist streams

Networking Drinks

Kick up your feet after a big day of insights

Full Access to Expo

Hear from leading solution providers and government speakers

On Demand Content

Access to post event content via PSNTV

Event Location

Hotel Realm, Canberra

18 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600

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