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7th Annual

Australian Security Summit 2021

Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Hotel Realm, Canberra

1
Expo
4
Topic Streams
30
Inspiring Speakers
21
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 Hotel Realm, 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 4 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:

Strengthening domestic and global partnerships: Collaborating between agencies to strengthen national security with Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO CSC, Chief of Joint Operations, Department of Defence

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)

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

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

Collaborating to coordinate response and establish best-practice in cybersecurity and risk mitigation with Tony Chapman, NSW Chief Cyber Security Offier (CCSO), Department of Customer Service (NSW)

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)

DPMC’s Deregulation Agenda: Using automatic mutual recognition (AMR) to encourage occupational mobility with Jason McDonald, Chief Economic Advisor and FAS Deregulation Taskforce, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

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

Develop coordinated and collaborative community safety strategies. In times of crisis, our local agencies must work together to ensure citizens remain resilient and safe in the midst of hardship.

 

Key Sessions Include:

Recovery and resilience: Working across jurisdictions to coordinate emergency response in times of crisis with Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, Commissioner, Resilience NSW

Countering emerging threats to citizen safety throughout COVID-response and recovery with Ross Guenther APM, Deputy Commissioner Public Safety and Security, Victoria Police; President, LinCT (Leadership in Counterterrorism); Member, Committee on Terrorism (CoT), International Association of Chief of Police (IACP)

Using emerging technologies to predict and inform emergency operations in real time with Jeremy Fewtrell, Deputy Commissioner Field Operations, Fire and Rescue NSW

Improve planning, maintenance and delivery of strategic infrastructure projects, utilising emerging technologies to improve national security operations.

 

Key Sessions Include:

Strategic infrastructure: Supporting Australia’s national security with infrastructure build in Western Australia with Matt Moran, Executive Director Defence West, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (WA)

Delivering major infrastructure projects to support Defence acquisition and sustainment programs across Australia with John O’Callaghan, Victoria Defence Industry Advocate, Defence Victoria

Science fiction to science fact: Future technologies in defence infrastructure with Dr Nigel McGinty, a/Chief Technology Officer, Policy, Strategy and National Security, Department of Defence

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

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 National Operations,
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

Lindy Cameron
CEO, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC),
UK Cabinet Office

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

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

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

Georgeina Whelan
Commissioner,
ACT Emergency Services Agency

Matt Moran
Executive Director Defence West,
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (WA)

Tony Chapman
NSW Chief Cyber Security Officer (CCSO),
Department of Customer Service (NSW)

Mel Moore
Manager Infrastructure & Logistics, Chief Financial Officer,
Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Commissioner,
Resilience NSW

John O’Driscoll
Chief Information Security Officer for Victoria State Government,
Department of Premier and Cabinet (VIC)

Katherine Tollner
Executive Director, Infrastructure & Assets,
Department of Communities and Justice (NSW)

Jonathan Higgins MPA
Assistant Commissioner Operations,
Tasmania Police

Benedict David
Assistant Secretary, Head of the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility of the Pacific (AIFFP),
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Jeremy Fewtrell
Deputy Commissioner Field Operations,
Fire and Rescue NSW

Jason McDonald
Chief Economic Advisor and FAS Deregulation Taskforce, 
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Justin Dunlop
Director Emergency Management,
Ambulance Victoria

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

John O’Callaghan 
Victoria Defence Industry Advocate,
Defence Victoria

Michael Marsden
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO),
NSW Police Force

Linda Cavanagh
Chief Operating Officer,
AustCyber

Dr Nigel McGinty
A/Chief Technology Officer, Policy, Strategy and National Security,
Department of Defence

Ross Guenther APM 
Deputy Commissioner Public Safety and Security,
Victoria Police;

President,
LinCT (Leadership in Counterterrorism);

Member, Committee on Terrorism (CoT),
International Association of Chief of Police (IACP)

Why Your Peers Enjoy AuSec

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Networking Breakfast

Catering

Morning Tea and Lunch will be provided

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Access to plenary sessions and your choice of specialist streams

Networking Drinks

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Event Location

Hotel Realm, Canberra

18 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600

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