Speakers

We are excited to have confirmed the following international and national speakers. More amazing speakers will be added to the list as they are confirmed.

Australian Speakers          International Speakers
Kate Carruthers
Chief Data Officer, University of New South Wales
Laura Bell
Director, SafeStack Limited
Madeleine Dove
Student, University of Canberra
Margaret Carlton-Foss
Vice President of Research, Senrio
Debbie Fuzy
Lead Research Analyst, Australia Post
Jessica Frazelle
Software Engineer, Google
Patricia McMillan
Director, Patricia McMillan & Associates
Dr Deborah Frincke
Research Directorate, National Security Agency/Central Security Service
Alana Maurushat
Senior Research Fellow Australian Centre for Cyber Security, University of New South Wales
Catherine Pearce
Senior Security Consultant, Cisco
Lynn Moore
As Border Intelligence Fusion Centre, Department of Immigration & Border Protection
Zoë Rose
Cyber security analyst, Schillings
Kylie Peak
Independent Consultant
Harsha Banavara
Schneider Electric USA
Dr Vanessa Teague
Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne
Vern Boyle
Vice President, Northrop Grumman
Chathura Abeydeera
Penetration Testing Lead, Deloitte
David Brumley
CEO, ForAllSecure
Wade Alcorn
Founder, Alcorn Group
Phil Burdette
Senior Security Researcher, SecureWorks
Paul Black
PhD Student, Federation University
Earl Carter
Talos Senior threat Researcher, Cisco Talos
Doug Brown
Information Security Analyst, Red Hat
Eric Cornelius
SANS Certified Instructor and Director of ICS at Cylance
Dr David Chatterton
CIO, Aconex
Alfonso De Gregorio
Founder and CEO, Zeronomicon
Dr Gideon Creech
Lecturer, University of New South Wales
Chris Eagle
Dean of Hacking, Sk3wl 0f R00t
Craig Davies
CEO, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network
Casey Ellis
CEO and Founder, Bugcrowd
Andre Fucs De Miranda
SOC Manager, Macquarie Telecom Group
Christian Frichot
Security specialist, Salesforce.com
Ajoy Ghosh
Chief Information Security Officer – Insurance & Care NSW, Alcheme
Patrice Godefroid
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Murray Goldschmidt
Chief Operating Officer, Sense of Security
Aaron Hackworth
Senior Distinguished Engineer, SecureWorks
Peter Hannay
PhD Student Researcher, Edith Cowan University
Frode Hommedal
Subject Matter Lead, Telenor
Trevor Jay
Red Hat
Simon Howard
Director, Principal Consultant, ZX Security
David Lacey
Managing Director, IDCARE
Joe Jarzombek
Global Manager, Software Supply Chain Solutions, Synposys
Glenn Maiden
Cyber Security Adviser, Cisco
Professor Angelos Keromytis
Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Kevin Manderson
Incident Response Manager & Threat Intelligence, BAE Systems
Oren Koriat
Cyber Intelligence Analyst, Check Point
Paul Nevin
CTO, Cybermerc
Antti Kurittu
Senior specialist, National Cyber Center of Finland
Timothy O’Sullivan
Assistant Director – Technical Assessment, Defence Export Controls
Stephane Lenco
Chief Information Security Officer, Airbus Group
Domenico Perre
Sales Engineer, Splunk
Donald McCarthy
Vice President of Operations, myNetWatchman
Arun Raghu
Security Consultant, Hivint
Andre McGregor
Director of Security, Tanium
Oliver Reeves
Authorised Intruder, Beyond Binary
Dennis Moreau
Senior Engineering Architect, VMware
Florian Ruechel
Security Analyst, Atlassian
Justin Myers
Computer Scientist, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Michael Shatter
Director, RSM Australia
Kjell Christian Nilsen
Norwegian HealthCERT
Shaun Vlassis
Director, Detection Cloud, Salesforce
Daniel Plohmann
Senior Analyst, Informatik 4
Brett Williams
Senior Security Consultant, Carbon Black
Stephen A. Ridley
CTO and Founder of Senrio
Ben Wilson
FireEye
Adam Shostack
Andrew Wurster
Security Intelligence Team Lead, Atlassian
Maarten Van Horenbeeck
Vice President, Security Engineering, Fastly
Joseph Yuen
Cyber Security Researcher, Defence Science & Technology Group
Laura Bell
Laura Bell likes building secure things and going really really fast, preferably at the same time.  A speaker at a range of events such as BlackHat USA, BlueHat Velocity and OSCON,on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security, and security mindset, she is an author for O’Reilly (the people with the animal books) and trains people anywhere they stay still long enough.  She founded the most chaotic security company in New Zealand, SafeStack (http://safestack.io) and now tries to bring security to some of the fastest moving application development environments on Earth.  You can find her at home in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and daughter.
Margaret Carlton-Foss
Margaret heads the Senrio research team, focusing on product security and development. She brings strong embedded device research capabilities to the team. After graduating from MIT, she worked as a software security analyst in the DC area. Most recently, she was conducting embedded device security research at Draper Laboratory in Massachusetts before joining the Senrio team.
Kate Carruthers
Kate is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Australia, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. With extensive experience in senior executive roles for General Electric, AMP, Westfield, and NSW Treasury, she is on the advisory boards for Telstra and the NSW DAC.
Madeleine Dove
Madeleine Dove has recently completed her B Law (Honours) B Arts at the University of Canberra. Her Honours focus was on legal issues surrounding cybercrime..
Speaker Jessica Frazelle
Jess Frazelle is a Software Engineer at Google.  She was previously a Software Engineer at Docker.  Jess Frazelle has served as a Maintainer of Docker, Contributor to Runc and Golang as well as other projects.  Jess Frazelle is working on making containers more secure.  She loves all things involving Linux namespaces and cgroups and is typecasted as the person who runs everything in containers.
Speaker Dr Deborah Frincke
Dr. Deborah Frincke leads the Research Directorate (RD) of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) – the largest “in house” research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community. She is a member of the Agency’s Board of Directors and serves as the NSA Science Advisor and Innovation Champion. Prior to joining NSA/CSS, her career included work in academia and technical leadership roles in both the public and private sector. Dr. Frincke has published numerous articles and technical reports, and frequently speaks nationally and internationally on topics from leadership to cybersecurity to big data.
 Speaker Debbie Fuzy
Debbie is the lead research analyst for Australia Post’s information security office. With her background degree in criminology, she likes to focus on the human element of infosec, especially in the way people think and act. Over the last year she’s worked on a project investigating how Australian consumers understand privacy and security, and is interested in what motivates and de-motivates people to form and maintain good security practices, especially when compared to perceptions of both internationally.
Alana Maurushat
Dr Alana Maurushat is a Senior Lecturer, Law UNSW; Key Researcher D2DCRC; Senior Research Fellow Australian Centre for Cybersecurity, UNSW Canberra, and Director, IFW – an anti-cybercrime investigation firm.
Patricia McMillan
Patricia McMillan is a business storytelling specialist. She helps leaders use the power of stories to build trust and influence and transform their organisations. Her background in maths and 20 years experience in IT make her ideally placed to bring these skills to cyber security professionals. Learn more at patriciamcmillan.com.
 Speaker Kylie Peak
Kylie studied Telco Engineering at ANU in the late 90’s and has a Masters in Computer Networking with CSU.  Kylie has worked primarily within Network Engineering across government and private sectors and currently consults as a Network Engineer.  In her spare time she enjoys building and breaking networks, pushing boundaries in security and knowledge.
Catherine Pearce
Catherine Pearce (@secvalve) is a Senior Security Consultant at Cisco based in Wellington, New Zealand. Formerly of Neohapsis in the USA, she engages with varied clients to assist them in understanding their current security state, adding resilience into their systems and processes, and managing their ongoing security risk.
 Speaker Zoë Rose
Zoë Rose is a Cisco Champion and Cyber Security Analyst at Schillings. Zoë helps clients secure their network infrastructure from data loss and cyber-attack. In addition to specialising in network security and secure communications, Zoë also supports ethical hacking and incident response engagements and advises on best practice software development, awareness training, and secure systems architecture. Zoë’s true passion is her ferrets and cyber awareness training programme where her ferrets play a key role in each demonstration.
Vanessa Teague
Dr Vanessa Teague is a cryptographer with an interest in cryptographic protocols that support a free and democratic society. Her main research interest is in electronic voting protocols, which aim to protect individual vote privacy while providing verifiable evidence of a correct election result.
 Speaker Chathura Abeydeera
Chathura is the Penetration Testing lead in the Risk advisory Service line in Deloitte Australia with more than 10 years of industry experience in information security. He has worked with clients across the State & Federal Government, Technology and Financial Services sectors, specialising in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing and security trainings.
 Speaker Wade Alcorn
Wade Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Group. As one of the first penetration testers in Australia, Wade has discovered security vulnerabilities and developed exploits for numerous critical infrastructure and enterprise level applications. He is a founding director of CREST Australia, and as Chair of the Technical Committee, he led the establishment of the organisation’s technical certifications.Wade Alcorn is the co-author of the internationally acclaimed book: “The Browser Hacker’s Handbook”. He has published leading technical papers on emerging threats and was awarded the AusCERT national ‘Award for Individual Excellence in the field of IT Security”. He is the creator of the BeEF open source browser exploitation framework, which is included in toolswatch.org’s top 10 security tools.
  Harsha Banavara
Harsha Banavara, CSSLP is a senior cybersecurity analyst and the global subject matter expert in the “Requirements” stage of Secure Development Lifecycle at Schneider Electric. He is a contributing author of the Industrial Internet Security Framework and NEMA Supply Chain Best Practices document.
  Paul Black
Paul Black is an Australian based Senior Threat Researcher working remotely for the PhishLabs company. He works on reversing the latest banking threats and writing programs to create intelligence feeds. He is studying a PhD in Information Technology at the Internet Commerce Security Lab at Federation University. His PhD topic is Techniques for the Reverse Engineering of Banking Malware. Paul has a Masters of Computing, his research topic was the reversing of Zeus malware. Paul started his career as a programmer in 1981 and has worked in banking, defence, law enforcement and malware analysis.
  Vern Boyle
Vern Boyle has over 25 years’ experience developing advanced technology solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense, intelligence community, and government agencies globally. He leads a team of multidiscipline engineers and scientists in developing transformational solutions; focused on emerging technologies and R&D that support customer missions in defense and intelligence.
  Doug Brown
Doug is an Information Security Analyst with Red Hat’s internal Information Security team and member of the SplunkTrust. Doug has a number of Open Source security projects, including the Security Playbook and recently published his thesis (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/93693/) about using formal methods to analyse the composite behaviours of network protocols.
 Speaker David Brumley
Dr. David Brumley is CEO of ForAllSecure, a company bent on securing the world’s software against exploitable bugs. David Brumley is also Director of CyLab, the Carnegie Mellon Security and Privacy Institute, and a Professor of ECE and CS at CMU. His research interests include all areas of security, with a specialization in software security. Prof. Brumley received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado. Brumley’s honors include a United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama, a 2013 Sloan Foundation award and numerous best paper awards. Prof. Brumley is also advisor and a founding member of PPP, one of the world’s most elite competitive hacking teams.
Phil Burdette
Phil Burdette is a Sr. Security Researcher who joined the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit research team in 2013. He leads targeted threat hunting and response engagements, and performs intrusion analysis to create threat intelligence assessments on nation state actors. Before joining SecureWorks, Phil worked at CERT/CC supporting the DoD and USG communities. His research interests include model-based threat actor behavioral analysis, adversary responses to stimuli, and threat group disruption tactics. Phil holds a B.S. in Applied Computing from Allegheny College and an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems Management.
Earl Carter
Almost 20 years ago, Earl Carter was introduced to network security. Mr Carter has spent over 18 years working at Cisco. Currently, Mr Carter is a Senior Talos Threat Researcher and spends his time hunting for new threats against live customer networks by examining various intelligence feeds and data sources.
David Chatterton
Dr David Chatterton joined Aconex in 2007 and was promoted to CIO in 2008. He has led the company’s transition to Agile, has been responsible for all production and corporate IT systems, while driving the compliance of Aconex with ISO 27001 and SSAE16. David has a PhD in Computer Science.
Eric Cornelius
Eric Cornelius is a SANS Certified Instructor and the Director of Critical Infrastructure and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) at Cylance, Inc. where he is responsible for thought leadership, architecture, and consulting implementations. Eric brings a wealth of ICS knowledge and his leadership keeps organizations safe, secure, and resilient against advanced attackers. Previously, Eric served as the Deputy Director and Chief Technical Analyst for the Control Systems Security Program at the US Department of Homeland Security.Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology where he was the recipient of many scholarships and awards including the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service.Eric went on to work at the Army Research Laboratory’s Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate where he worked to secure field deployable combat technologies. It was at ARL that Cornelius became interested in non-traditional computing systems, an interest which ultimately led him to the Idaho National Laboratory where he participated in deep-dive vulnerability assessments of a wide range of ICS systems.Eric is the co-author of “Recommended Practice: Creating Cyber Forensics Plans for Control Systems” as part of the DHS National Cyber Security Division, Control Systems Security Program, 2008 and is also a frequent speaker and instructor at ICS events across the globe.
 Speaker Gideon Creech
Gideon is an academic at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security (UNSW Canberra). His research areas include exploit development, network security, intrusion detection systems, cyber resilience and cyber threat intelligence. He holds a BE (Hons), MEngSc, MBA and PhD, along with various industry qualifications including SANS Cyber Guardian, GSE and OSCP.
 Speaker Alfonso De Gregorio
Alfonso De Gregorio is the Founder and CEO of Zeronomicon, the premium exploit acquisition platform. Since the early days of his career in 1990s, he has been working at the intersection of software security and security software, where he explores — and tries to contain — the space of unmitigable surprises. In his past life, Alfonso founded BeeWise, the first information-security prediction market, worked with Fortune 100 companies, engineered cryptographic appliances, and served as an Expert at the European Commission. In 2003, he held the position of Visiting Scholar with the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) research group, K.U. Leuven. Today, Alfonso researches solutions for aligning software security incentives, tweets @secYOUre, and generally does not speak of himself in the third person.
Casey Ellis
As CEO and Founder of Bugcrowd, Casey Ellis brings over 14 years of information security experience to lead the company’s technology vision and strategic operation. Prior to Bugcrowd, he served as Chief Security Officer at ScriptRock and as an Information Security Specialist and Account Manager for Vectra Corporation Ltd. Casey has also presented at several security shows including RSA, DerbyCon, BSides, Converge, SOURCE Conference and the AISA National Summit. A former penetration tester, Casey has taken on the role of “white hat” to connect organizations large and small with the power of Bugcrowd’s platform for a revolutionary approach to cybersecurity.
 Speaker Christian Frichot
Christian is a passionate application security expert currently working in the Salesforce.com Product Security team in San Francisco. He has previously worked in security specialist positions for LinkedIn, Bankwest and Rio Tinto. Originally from Australia, Christian co-founded Perth’s only pure-play, information security consulting organisation, Asterisk Information Security, and has a long history of presenting at Perth’s AISA & ISACA meetings and conferences.Christian has been active within the open source security community for a number of years, working on projects including the Browser Exploitation Framework, the OpenSAMM Self Assessment tool, and a 2FA extension for Rails’ Devise authentication framework. Through his love/hate relationship with JavaScript, and his involvement with BeEF, he was invited to co-author the Browser Hacker’s Handbook published by Wiley.In addition to Perth AISA & ISACA conferences, Christian has also presented at Kiwicon (NZ), DEFCON (USA), BSidesSF (USA), Blackhat Arsenal (USA), CactusCon (USA), WAHCKon (Aus), and OWASP AppSec APAC (Aus).
Andre Fucs De Miranda
With 20 years of experience on Information Security, Andre Fucs de Miranda has spent good part of his life securing systems around the globe. Andre is Apache NiFi PMC Member and an accidental big data user. As SOC Manager, Andre leads a team of professionals trying to secure our cyberspace.
Ajoy Ghosh
Ajoy Ghosh is CISO for Insurance and Care NSW (icare) the NSW Government’s newly formed insurance company. Previously he was the founding chair of the NSW Government’s IT Security Steering Group and General Manager Security & Risk of Transport for NSW. Ajoy is an IRAP Assessor and also expert witness including giving evidence for cases establishing responsibility for cyber events.
 Speaker Patrice Godefroid
Patrice Godefroid is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Computer Science elective) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Liege, Belgium, in 1989 and 1994 respectively. From 1994 to 2006, he worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories, where he was promoted to “distinguished member of technical staff” in 2001. His research interests include program specification, analysis, testing and verification. Patrice is probably best known for his early work on partial-order reduction for model checking concurrent systems (his PhD thesis is published as LNCS volume 1032 by Springer), for his work on VeriSoft, the first software model checker for mainstream programming languages such as C and C++, for his work on 3-valued model checking with may/must abstractions for sound program verification and falsification, and for his work on automatic test generation with DART. More recently, he co-developed SAGE, the first whitebox fuzzer for security testing, which was credited to have found roughly one third of all the security vulnerabilities discovered by file fuzzing during the development of Microsoft’s Windows 7. In 2015, he co-founded Project Springfield, the first commercial cloud fuzzing service.
Murray Goldschmidt
Murray Goldschmidt is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Sense of Security, a leading Australian Information Security firm. Murray has presented at ACSC in 2016 on general DevOps Security. With over 17 years’ experience and a degree in Electrical Engineering, Murray is an IRAP Assessor, CISSP and PCI QSA.
 Speaker Aaron Hackworth
Aaron Hackworth is a Senior Distinguished Engineer with the SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit research group. He has been experimenting with computers and computer security for more than 30 years, including 20+ years of professional experience. In his current role, he leads the CTU Special Operations team; an elite group responsible for the development of technology, intelligence and methodologies focused on disrupting targeted and other advanced security threats. Prior to joining SecureWorks, Aaron was a Senior Malware Analyst and Security Researcher at CERT, where he performed critical research for the US Government and led a team that participated in high impact operations for Federal Law Enforcement and the Intelligence Community. He has also worked in IT/Network engineering, operations and security for some of the world’s largest companies. Aaron holds several industry certifications including a CISSP, NOP and EnCE. He also holds multiple academic degrees including an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Computer Science.
 Speaker Peter Hannay
Peter Hannay is a researcher and lecturer based at Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia. His research is focused on the acquisition and analysis of data from small and embedded devices. In addition to this he is involved in smart grid research and other projects under the banner of the ECU Security Research Institute.
 Speaker Simon Howard
Simon Howard runs ZX Security, a penetration testing firm based out of New Zealand. In his spare time Simon runs a monthly security meetup in Wellington and also co-founded and assists with the running of Australasia’s largest (some might even say premier) hacker conference, Kiwicon. Simon and his team spend their days hacking GPS, creating rogue cell-phone base stations and making web applications cry. His team have also spent a considerable amount of time researching OSINT techniques, training LEA and Government organisations across the Asia-pacific region and understanding the tribulations of developing a sound OSINT process.
 Speaker Trevor Jay
Trevor Jay is a principal security engineer at Red Hat, where he is responsible for emerging technologies. Previously he has worked as a penetration engineer. His background is in software engineering for web-based autonomous robotics.
Joe Jarzombek
Joe Jarzombek is Global Manager for Software Supply Chain Solutions in the Software Integrity Group at Synopsys. He leads efforts to enhance the Software Integrity Platform to mitigate software supply chain risk via automated analysis and testing technologies that integrate within acquisition and development processes; enabling the detection, reporting, and remediation of defects and security weaknesses and vulnerabilities throughout the lifecycle to better enable others to gain assurance and visibility within the software supply chain. Focused on software security, safety and quality, he collaborates with industry consortia, standards bodies, and government agencies in evolving processes and technologies addressing software assurance, supply chain risk management, and security automation
 Speaker Angelos Keromytis
Dr. Angelos Keromytis is an associate professor in the Computer Science department at Columbia University in New York City, and the director of the Network Security Lab. He received his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include systems and network security, and applied cryptography. He was elected ACM Distringuished Scientist in 2012. In 2013, he served as Program Director with the National Science Foundation (NSF), responsible for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. Since 2014, he is serving as Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he is responsible for several cybersecurity programs.
 Speaker Antti Kurittu
Antti Kurittu is a Senior Specialist at the National Cyber Security Center of Finland. The NCSC-FI is a part of the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. Antti has a background in law enforcement and has worked as a team leader, digital forensics and criminal investigator at the Helsinki Police Department. Currently he is a part of the national CERT team of Finland, handling a diverse array of incident management tasks and overseeing the cyber exercise functions of critical infrastructure providers.
Oren Koriat
Oren Koriat is a mobile threat intelligence analyst and researcher. He’s an expert on the threat landscape of Asian mobile markets, and the author of many of Check Point’s publication on mobile malware.
 Speaker Professor David Lacey
Professor David Lacey is Managing Director of IDCARE, Australia and New Zealand’s National Identity and Cyber Support Service, and Professor of Cyber Security with the Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast. IDCARE is a joint public-private sector innovation that provides a free helpline to the Australian and New Zealand communities who confront identity and cyber-related crime. As Managing Director of IDCARE, Dave works intensively across the community in advocating for identity and cyber security resilience and participant confidence. His teaching and research engagement with business and government leaders focuses on building consumer-centric approaches to cyber crime prevention and response.
 Speaker Stephane Lenco
Stephane Lenco holds an engineering degree from “Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile” (National School for Civil Aviation) in Toulouse, France, with majors in Air Traffic Management and Computer Science. After a time in the United States, working on project management in the field of satellite control, he joins the IT department of the Space branch of Aerospatiale-Matra in Paris where he successively manages international IT integration projects and migrations for networks, workstations or servers. In 2002, he shifts to the headquarters of what became EADS, to manage the IT infrastructure of the new unit. In 2007, he steers his career towards the Security department of the group, in charge of Information Security, in close relationship with regulatory authorities. He is currently Chief Information Security Officer of Airbus Group where he recently created the Airbus Group CERT and is the secretary to GITSIS, a CISO association in France.
Glenn Maiden
Glenn Maiden boasts a proud ICT career spanning two decades – primarily in the Defence, Intelligence and Security environments. Glenn has performed diverse roles including penetration testing; intelligence analysis and reporting; security risk analysis & management; compliance; systems engineering; systems administration; operations management, enterprise leadership… just to name a few.
Kevin Manderson
Kevin has been involved in incident response since the late 1980s and has been involved in over 100 incidents. He started his career in the military and has been involved in most aspects of information security since that.
Donald McCarthy
Mac has been in the IT for 17 years. Having supported equipment ranging from cash registers to super computers, he has spent the last 7 years focusing on security.
Prior to joining myNetWatchman, Mac was a security engineer in the education, legal and healthcare sectors. His research at myNetWatchman focuses on digital fraud aimed at the financial and retail markets.
Andre McGregor
Andre McGregor is Tanium’s Director of Security responsible for cyber security protection. Before Tanium, Andre served as a technically-trained FBI Cyber Special Agent in New York City forming FBI New York’s first cyber squad against China, Russia, and Iran. Additionally, Andre is technical consultant for the TV show Mr. Robot.
Dennis Moreau
Dennis’ current efforts focus on virtualization strategies to transformatively improve the efficacy and efficiency cybersecurity. He works with NIST and the U.S. DoD on securit and compliance information and automation standards. He holds a doctorate in Computer Science and has held faculty positions in Computational and Computer Sciences.
Paul Nevin
Paul Nevin is a career IT security professional having worked in Government and industry roles for more than 20 years. His area of research is counter cyber espionage. Paul is an adjunct lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy and teaches classes in cyber operations and tradecraft.
Kjell Christian Nilsen
Growing up in the cold winters of Norway, Kjell Christian was always interested in the outdoors as a kid. Fast-forwarding from this, he got both his education and subsequently work at the Norwegian Armed forces. He worked as a security analyst working with detecting and handling cyber security incidents – both for forces at home and deployed in international operations. In the course of this work, he got in touch with multiple people in the operational information security community, and ended up joining the non-profit organizations Underworld.no and Shadowserver. In 2012, he started working at the Norwegian HealthCERT, detecting and handling incidents in the Norwegian healthcare sector. At the same time, he kept strong ties to the infosec community, and even managed to find his wife there. In his copious spare time, he enjoys taking walks with his wife and dog, as well as punching miscreants in cyberspace.
Timothy O’Sullivan
Timothy has worked for Defence Export Control as a technical assessor since 2012. In addition to assessing export applications, he represents Australia at the meetings of the major export control regimes including the Wassenaar Arrangement, and helps to compile Australia’s national control list – the Defence and Strategic Goods List.
Domenico Perre
Domenico Perre currently works as a Sales Engineer at Splunk with a focus on Security assisting Government agencies in the ACT. In his previous roles he has worked as an Assistant ITSA for Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His passions are around threat hunting.
 Speaker Daniel Plohmann
Daniel Plohmann works as a senior analyst for Fraunhofer FKIE, taking apart malware families and botnet instances. His PhD research at University of Bonn focuses on automation and improving the efficiency of reverse engineering as an instrument for in-depth analysis. As a Teaching Assistant and Thesis Advisor for computer security related topics, he gives regular presentations and workshops on malware analysis and botnet infiltration. He also loves to put his experience to good use by supporting law enforcement as a subject matter expert.
Arun Raghu
Arun is an experienced consultant in cyber security policy. With a background in technology and law and experience advising government and the private sector on emerging cyber policy issues, his insights in this unique space have been extensively published in legal journals and business publications across Australia and the USA.
 Speaker Stephen A Ridley
Stephen Ridley is Founder and CEO/CTO of Senrio. Stephen has more than 10 years of experience in software development, software security, and reverse engineering. His original research on embedded device vulnerabilities has been featured on NPR, SecurityWeek, Wired and numerous other publications. Prior to his current work at Senrio, Mr. Ridley was Principal Researcher at Xipiter and served as Chief Information Security Officer of a financial services firm. Prior to that Mr. Ridley held various information security researcher/consultant roles (Matasano Security, et al) and was the Senior Security Architect at McAfee. Earlier in his career, Stephen was a founding member of the Security and Mission Assurance (SMA) group at a major U.S. Defense contractor where he did vulnerability research and reverse engineering in support of the U.S. Defense and Intelligence community.
Florian Ruechel
Florian studied IT Security in Germany before moving to Sydney to work as a Security Analyst for Atlassian. He tries to find the balance between embracing new technology and being paranoid about their security implications by combining German caution with the Australian relaxed spirit.
Michael Shatter
Michael leads the RSM Australia IT Security & Privacy Services team delivering strategic and tactical security risk management projects including Cyber Security Assessments, Penetration Tests and Social Engineering Security Reviews to medium and large organisations. Michael presents to Boards on current cyber risk issues and on practical security governance.
 Speaker Maarten Van Horrenbeeck
Maarten Van Horenbeeck (twitter: @maartenvhb) is Vice President of Security Engineering at Fastly, the Content Delivery Network that speeds up web properties around the world. He is also Board member, and former Chairman, of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the largest association of security teams, counting 300 members in over 70 countries. Prior to his work at Fastly, Maarten managed the Threat Intelligence team at Amazon, and worked on the security teams at Google and Microsoft. Maarten has a master’s degree in Information Security from Edith Cowan University, and a Masters degree in International Relations from the Freie Universitat Berlin. When not working, he enjoys backpacking, sailing and collecting first edition travel literature.
Shaun Vlassis
Shaun Vlassis is the Director of the Detection Cloud at Salesforce.com. Other than coming up with team names that make perfect sense internally, his team focuses on the creation and management of detection capabilities to identify attacks against Salesforce infrastructure and its customers. Before Salesforce, Shaun worked in the banking sector where he focussed on battling fraud groups that utilized Malware to target Australian citizens. In his spare time Shaun is a volunteer with the Shadowserver Foundation, a US based non-profit dedicated to keeping the internet safe, a regular speaker at security events and was awarded the AusCERT national ‘Award for Individual Excellence in the field IT Security’.
Brett Williams
Brett is an Information Security Professional and is widely recognised for his extensive and in-depth knowledge of the IT security landscape. Brett has over 25 years’ experience working in IT infrastructure and Security with a focus on incident response, advanced threat detection, security operations and digital forensics.
Andrew Wurster
Andrew is a Team Lead for Atlassian’s Security Intelligence team, where he builds new intel capabilities to help protect Atlassian and their customers. Andrew hails from the gym’ed tanned and laundered shores of New Jersey, currently living in Sydney. He is passionate about working with others and travelling the world.
Joseph Yuen
Joseph been working as a researcher in the cyber and electronic warfare division of Defence Science and Technology Group for 4 years, with subject matter expertise in cyber red teaming, artificial intelligence and visual analytics. He is also completing a PhD with UNSW in this area of research.