Michelle Mosey

Lead Ecosystem Development – USA, AustCyber

Michelle Mosey is the US Lead for AustCyber – the cyber growth network; focussed on growing Australian cybersecurity start-ups and assisting to launch Australian businesses globally.

During 2018-20, she was the Head of Strategic Partnerships and engagement for WithYouWithMe USA and also the Global Head of Academy for WithYouWithMe; working with US Military veterans to train in high-tech careers in cybersecurity, data-analytics and RPA.

During 2017-18, she was the Senior Adviser for cybersecurity at the ANU National Security College. Ms Mosey has worked for over 25 years in national security, with a strong focus on emerging technologies, cyber and information policy development and multi-national relationships.

Michelle’s roles have included developing programs focussed on talent strategies for cyber professionals, working closely with Australian universities to support STEM talent development and intern opportunities. She has led teams in cyber security for strategic engagement with federal and state governments, key industry partners on cyber security solutions and technologies development, and delivery of cyber security policy and advice.

Ms Mosey has directed a range of security engagements across the Defence portfolio, Defence industry and international partners in support of policy development, information agreements, strategic planning, training and awareness. She has also served in Washington as the Australian liaison providing Australian perspectives to shape and contribute to Australia-US relations.

Michelle holds a position on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation board.

AustCyber’s key reports, ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan (updated annually)’ & ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Industry Roadmap, published in partnership with CSIRO Futures’ are both available at

Marie Johnson

CEO Centre for Digital Business and AFR Top 100 Influential Women

Marie is the CEO of the Centre for Digital Business. She is an accessibility advocate, and a recognized global speaker and commentator on artificial intelligence; technology; digital services; ehealth; cyber; identity; and innovation.

Marie explores radical innovation and questions thinking which doesn’t prepare us for the future. She operates at the intersection of the human experience and systems thinking where co-design reveals boundless potential. Marie conceived and led the global co-design effort with people with disability to deliver “Nadia” the first AI powered digital human for service delivery. This work sparked a global industry and appetite for AI powered digital humans.

Following Nadia, Marie designed and created the artificial intelligent “Digital Human Cardiac Coach” which was introduced at the global Singularity Medicine Exponential Medicine Conference in San Diego November 2019. The humanitarian and social impact of AI in health and human services domains will be profoundly liberating.

Her extensive experience covers the public and private sector in Australia and internationally, including leading Microsoft’s worldwide public services and e-government business in Seattle; Chief Information Officer; Chief Technology Architect; Technology Authority; and board director. Marie speaks with challenging honesty from the deep experience of delivery. Together with her foresight, people are interested in the grit and the messy reality of politics and culture.


Suthagar Seevaratnam

CISO, Australian National University

Suthagar Seevaratnam is the inaugural Chief Information Officer for the Australian National University. He was appointed to this role upon the recommendation of the Australian Cybersecurity Centre in October 2018 following the first breach of the University’s network. Since that time he has been accountable for developing the ANU’s information security strategu and led the team which detected and disclosed the second breach reported in June 2019. Suthagar is also the strategic security advisor to the ANU Cyber Institute – a new intiative designed to build a world class cyber masters program and research hub.

Prior to joining ANU, Suthagar was the General Manager of IT Operations and Chief Information Security Officer for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. His appointment to the Bureau came at a time of extensive cybersecurity uplift in the wake of the organisation’s breach in 2016. In this role he was responsible for the development and guidance of the Bureau’s strategic cybersecurity direction.

Suthagar was also the Head of Cryptology for the Australian Signals Directorate where he was responsible for Australia’s intelligence and cybersecurity cryptologic mission. During this time he initiated the ASD joint facility on ANU’s campus – the first such open academic facility in the history of the ASD and is a key investment in helping to greater Australian STEM capability. Suthagar holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Commerce both from the University of Sydney. He is married with one child.

Dr Lizzie Valentine

Chief Information Officer, Massey University

Elizabeth Valentine is an experienced CEO and company director. Her consulting business and recent studies focus on digital transformation and the capabilities of boards and senior executives to lead and govern in a digital world.

She is currently CIO at Massey University and is also Adjunct Researcher and Teaching Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington.

Lizzie holds a Doctor of Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology (2016) and a first-class MBA from Henley (UK). She regularly speaks and lectures internationally and has multiple publications.

Kate Carruthers


Kate Carruthers is the Chief Data & Insights Officer for the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is a Certified Information Security Manager and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in cybersecurity. 

Kate is the co-host, together with Annie Parker, of the podcast Conversations with Annie & Kate, which showcases interesting women. She is active in supporter of women in Engineering, ICT and Cybersecurity. 

Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT across the finance sector, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. She was co-founder of several startups and is currently an adviser to My Medic Watch. 

She is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection. 

Tony Aramze

CIDO, RMITRMIT’s Chief Information Security Officer responsible for the University’s global cybersecurity controls, and IT Risk Management and Business Continuity Management.  As a senior Information Security professional, Tony has worked extensively around the world supporting Tier 1 organisations with their strategic and operational IT business solutions. In-depth experience across Management Consulting Practice, Financial, Higher-Education and Telecommunications industries.  

Kim Milford

Executive Director, REN-ISAC

Bloomington, IN 47405Kim Milford serves as Executive Director of the REN-ISAC, working with research and education institutions, partners, and sponsors to provide services and information that allow member institutions to better defend technical environments from cyberthreats. Ms. Milford oversees administration and operations for the REN-ISAC. Ms. Milford served in several roles leading strategic IT initiatives since 2007 at Indiana University. As Chief Privacy Officer, she coordinated privacy-related efforts, chaired the Committee of Data Stewards, and directed the work of the University Information Policy Office and IU’s IT incident response team. Prior to joining Indiana University, Ms. Milford worked as Information Security Officer at the University of Rochester. As Information Security Manager at University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1998 – 2005, she assisted in establishing the university’s information security department and co-led in the development of an annual security conference. Ms. Milford provides cybersecurity expertise and presentations at national and regional conferences, seminars and consortia, as well as taught courses on Internet security and authored/co-authored many articles on the subject. Ms. Milford has a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

Karl Hanmore

First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Services, Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Signals Directorate

Mr Karl Hanmore was appointed to the role of First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Services (CSS) at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) at the Australian Signals Directorate in January 2019.

His role is responsible for leading the CSS Division of the ACSC providing advice, assistance and guidance to Australian Government, Australian industry and the general public. In this role he has responsibility for a wide range of capabilities ranging from incident response and threat intelligence through to international relationships and public messaging.

Karl is married to Helen and has two young daughters, Cassandra an Alessandra. He enjoys playing with his kids, online gaming, and electronics and considers himself a bit of a geek.

Damien Manuel

Director of Cyber Security, Research & Innovation Centre, Deakin University

Damien is the Director of Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation and is the Chairman of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee in the USA. Damien also sits on the board of RSA Australia, the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC), the Victorian Ombudsman’s Audit and Risk Committee and helps mentor entrepreneurs through CyRise, Australia’s only cyber security start-up accelerator.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 16 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification. Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia. Underpinning his over 25 years of experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus. Damien also has a background in genetic engineering and is passionate about science. He has spoken on a number of podcasts (including with Dr Karl), conference keynotes internationally and locally, radio and TV appearances.

Kim Valois

Chief Information Security Officer at Flinders University

Kim is a strategy minded leader in cybersecurity who delivers outcomes with passion, energy and purpose. Whether directing a team, running an initiative or campaign, or as champion for a program, Kim is committed to get the job done. She is an excellent leader, facilitator and advocate who can guide decision making and focus on how to achieve results.

Fiona Hislop

Cyber Influence Lead, RMIT University

Fiona completed studies in Behavioural Science spending the next 10 years in Public Relations, Business Development and Communication roles in the banking sector.  After completing a Masters in Business Marketing she moved into a range of marketing roles including segment, channel strategy and product marketing in emerging technology with a leading Australian telco.  Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Melbourne on foot or bike (within 25 kms from her home of course) and reminiscing about the good old days of international travel.     

Her passion for Cyber security, specifically driving behavioural change to minimise personal and organisational risk, combines her intrigue for understanding the human psyche with her marketing prowess in campaign strategy, tactical implementation and channel effectiveness. Her current role as Influence and Change lead within RMIT is a welcome relief from years of sales target!  These days what keeps her awake at night is driving behavioural change to see staff and students adopt cyber safe behaviours, and proving it!  Her target audience spans three countries and in excess of 85K technology users.   

Nick Lewis

Program Manager, NET+ Cloud Services – Security and Identity, Internet2

Nick Lewis (CISSP) is a Program Manager for Security and Identity at Internet2, where he manages the NET+ security and identity services portfolio, while also contributing to the development of new NET+ offerings in cloud security. Nick rejoined Internet2 in 2015, after previously working here from 2002-2007.

Nick has also held positions in information security at the University of Michigan and most recently was Director of IT Security and Compliance and Information Security Officer at Saint Louis University. He has also worked for Children’s Hospital Boston as an Information Security Manager and Michigan State University as an Information Technologist. Nick holds masters degrees in information assurance from Norwich University and telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Dushyant Sattiraju

Cyber Security Operations Team Lead DEAKIN

Dushyant Sattiraju is the Cyber Security Operations Lead for Deakin University. He holds two master’s degrees in Information Security and Business Information Systems. Over the past 8+ years at Deakin University, Dushyant was has worked in various areas in the field of ICT including Application development, Business Analytics and Security.

As a SecOps Lead Dushyant is responsible for security incident response, threat hunting, vulnerability management. He has played a key role in Deakin’s security uplift and was awarded with VC’s award for outstanding contribution to the digital environment.
Dushyant is currently working on improving the cyber security operations centre capability at Deakin university.

Fadi Alja’fari

IT Security & Risk Manager, DEAKIN

Fadi lives to make organisations more secure; as cybersecurity and risk advocate, Fadi started his career working for international leaders in telecommunications and logistics. Working for organisations with global presence gained Fadi a lot of knowledge about large enterprise systems and how technology can scale to achieve business goals. Later, Fadi joined a major firewall vendor as a project manager, and then successfully led the PCI-DSS certification for a bank in 2013.

After moving to Australia, Fadi joined organisations in mutiple industries covering Technology, Utilities, and Higher-Education. As part of his role with Deakin, Fadi directed the cybersecurity program “Deakin Shield” which last year received the VC award for outstanding contribution to the digital environment. Fadi held positions leading cybersecurity teams to achieve compliance or elevate the information security posture for multiple organisations.

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Dave O’Loan

Head of Cyber Relations, AARNet

Dave O’Loan is the Head of Cyber Relations at Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). Dave’s role is focussed on the development of Cyber and Security related engagement with the higher education and research sector, government and industry. This role also encompasses leading the threat intelligence development in alignment with the AARNet Security Operations Centre. Dave joined AARNet in 2019 after a lengthy and fascinating career in the Australian Public Service managing threat investigation operations in telecommunications linked to counter espionage, cyber and counter terrorism. This role gave rise to countless opportunities to run very unique and specialised operations which providing insights into the way attacks occur and also how the different permutations of these change over time. 

This career lead Dave to the higher education and research sector which was fast becoming a prime target for many adversaries, not just in Australia but globally for its massive intellectual property holdings and unique groupings of people.

James Ng

General Manager – Security Operations, AARNet

James is AARNet’s (Australia’s Academic & Research Network) General Manager, Security Operations responsible for supporting the build and then on-going operation of AARNet’s Security Operations Centre (SOC) as well as leading Security Governance, Risk and Compliance activities.

Previously, James was a leader in Telstra’s Cyber Security Governance, Risk and Assurance team responsible for implementing and operationalising cyber security risk management maturity through business partnering, engagement and security compliance activities (including PCIDSS and ISMS/ISO27001). During his time at Telstra he was also seconded to their digital-only challenger brand Belong to lead their information security function.

Ryan Caught

Senior Software Developer

Ryan is a Senior Software Developer for the Australian Access Federation who specialises in creative problem solving and developing secure and scalable solutions.  He has worked in a variety of sectors and environments, including North American startups and corporate consulting.  Ryan has worked at the Australian Access Federation since 2016 and led much of the development of Rapid IdP, AAF’s secure and scalable cloud-based Identity Provider as a Service.

Bradley Beddoes

Head of Technology AAF

Bradley is the Head of Technology for the Australian Access Federation (AAF) and has 20 years experience delivering innovative technology solutions that are underpinned by high performing agile teams, modern software development practices and secure, scalable cloud infrastructures. Bradley currently represents the AAF on the Australian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS) and on the OpenID Foundation (OIDF).

Colby Prior

Security Infra Engineer Lead AusCERT

Colby Prior is the Infrastructure Engineer for AusCERT.

He has a background in DevOps and managing infrastructure. Colby has a strong focus on security and is involved information security community in Queensland

Greg Sawyer

Director, Cybersecurity Program, CAUDIT

Greg Sawyer joined CAUDIT in January 2020 as Director, Cybersecurity Program. Prior to this Greg was seconded as the Strategic Initiatives Development Manager in 2019 from the University of Sydney. Greg has over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector between the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney.

During that time he has held technical roles within Communication Services, desktop and infrastructure before moving into management and director roles within Infrastructure, Security and Project management. This included a secondment as the Faculty IT Manager within Engineering at UNSW. Prior to this he completed 11 years in the Department of Defence – Army focusing on electronics, radio communication and cypher including operation service in Cambodia with the United Nations. Greg has represented on external advisory boards including the Australian Computer Society Internet of Things (IOT) and Cisco Mobile Technical Advisory Board. He has presented at numerous conferences including the Palo Alto Ignite, Cisco Live and Questnet.

Greg holds a Master of Business Technology (MBT) and graduated from the CAUDIT Leadership Institute in 2018.


Abbas Kudrati

Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft

Abbas Kudrati, a long-time cybersecurity practitioner and CISO, is Microsoft Asia’s Lead Chief Cybersecurity Advisor for the Cybersecurity Solutions Group. In addition to his work at Microsoft, he serves as an executive advisor to Deakin University, La Trobe University, HITRUST ASIA, EC Council ASIA and to several security and technology start-ups. He supports the broader security community through his work with ISACA Chapters and student’s mentorship. 

He is also a part time Industry Professor with Deakin University and regular speaker on Zero-Trust, Cybersecurity, Cloud security, Governance, Risk and Compliance.

David Fairman

Chief Security Officer, Netskope

David Fairman is an experienced CSO/CISO, strategic advisory, investor and coach. David has extensive experience in the global financial services sector. David is currently the APAC CSO for Netskope, helping customers manage their digital and cyber risk programs in addition to working across industry with the aim of making the digital economy a safer place to do business. At NAB, David was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) owning all aspects of Physical Security, Fraud, Investigations and Cyber Security. Prior to NAB, he was the Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for
the Royal Bank of Canada. David has been a senior leader at JP Morgan Chase & Co as Deputy Technology Controls Officer and Global Head of Technology Risk and Control. David has also held several senior roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), including CISO RBS Americas and Head of Information Security EMEA.

David has lived and worked in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA.

Rob Dooley

Regional Director, VMware Carbon Black

Rob’s is the Regional Director, VMware Carbon Black. In his current role, Rob oversees and leads the newly formed Security Business Unit team across Australia and New Zealand. Rob has more than 25 years’ IT industry experience, having held leadership roles at Accenture, IBM, BT and local systems integrators. He has successfully led teams in these organisations to deliver projects for large enterprises and government organisations across APAC.  Rob has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University together with post graduate certificates in Management from Swinburne University and in Cyber Risk Management from Harvard University. Rob is a member of the Australian Security Information Association (AISA) and on the executive committee for ASIA’s Cloud Security unit.

Nelson Da Silva

Manager Sales Engineering at Zscaler

Tina Thorstenson

Sr Director Public Sector Industry Solutions and Strategy, Crowdstrike

Tina Thorstenson, Sr. Director Public Sector Industry Solutions and Strategy, sits on the Public Sector Industry Business Unit at CrowdStrike.  This team provides strategic advisory services related to enterprise cybersecurity solutions for Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local, Higher Education and Healthcare.  Prior to joining CrowdStrike, Tina served as the Chief Information Security Officer & Deputy CIO for Arizona State University capping a career of public sector service spanning 25+ years.  Her leadership and executive operational experiences while in higher education included Information Security, IT governance & strategy, network/systems operations, and implementation/integration of robust enterprise applications and services. Prior to her decades in higher education, Tina’s previous experience as an industrial engineer includes pioneering the introduction of some of the earliest mobile devices to the transportation industry.

Glen Maiden

Director of Threat Intelligence, Fortiguard Labs Australia

Glenn commenced his career with the Australian Defence Organisation in the mid-90’s & moved to the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC) in 1999.

In the AIC; Glenn led a breadth of cyber activities including penetration testing, systems engineering, risk assessment, and cyber operations. Glenn’s intelligence activities included threat analysis and reporting; and support to Defence operations. Highlights from this time include supporting counter-terror and military operations, supporting non-combatant evacuation operations, and leading Australia’s first collection of Human Terrain Intelligence from Afghanistan.

Glenn moved to the ATO in 2011 as the Agency’s Cyber Security Advisor. In the ATO, Glenn rebuilt the ATO’s Governance, Risk and Compliance framework, as well as the cyber strategy to better match the ATO’s aggressive digitisation agenda.

After leaving government in 2014, Glenn ran Cyber Operations for Lockheed Martin’s Defence Centralised Processing project – a $1BN project to protect Defences sensitive information.

Glenn moved to Cisco in 2016 to lead the Security & Trust Office for Australia and New Zealand. Glenn ran a national-level program built to raise Australia’s overall cyber posture, driving the national cyber agenda, Accelerating Australian cyber education, research & development; and building effective cyber partnerships to realise mutual success.

Glenn now works at Fortiguard Labs, heading up Threat Intelligence operations for Australia. FortiGuard Labs build the security intelligence that underpin advanced security technologies like AI, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and email & web security.

Glenn works closely Fortinet front & back office teams, the Australian Cyber Organisations, CERTs, partners, and customers to build resilient defence systems via intelligence-led security fabrics.

Glenn has degrees in Business (Management) and Science (ICT); and diplomas in Security Risk Management & Project Management. Glenn is married with two daughters and a son, and spends his free time on his farm near Canberra.

Ty Miller

Managing Director Threat Intelligence

Ty Miller is the Managing Director of Threat Intelligence ( who are specialists in the area of security automation, penetration testing, incident response and specialist security consulting. He is the visionary for the world’s first Security Automation Cloud, Evolve (, that delivers on-demand specialist security capabilities to reduce security costs whilst increasing security capabilities.

Ty is on the Black Hat Asia Review Board and is a long-term trainer for Black Hat, having run training with Black Hat for over 10 years across Black Hat USA, Black Hat DC and Black Hat Europe. He has also presented multiple times at Black Hat USA, Black Hat Asia, Black Hat Webcasts, Hack In The Box, and Ruxcon, whilst also having developed the Core Impact Pro covert DNS Channel for Core Security and is a co-author of “Hacking Exposed Linux 3rd Edition”.

Ty is on the CREST ANZ Board of Directors, ran the CREST ANZ Technical Team and is a CREST Certified Tester. Ty’s experience not only covers security automation and advanced hacking techniques, but also expands into traditional and cloud security architecture designs, developing and running industry benchmark accreditations, performing forensic investigations, as well as creating and executing a range of specialist security training.

Jeff Sussman

Head of Alyne Australia  

Jeff is a 25-year veteran of the IT industry who has always worked at the forefront of enabling technology. He began his career in engineering, specialising in project management and moved into a commercial environment after completing his MBA.

Over the past five years his role has broadened to include risk management and governance in the area of information security and business operations. As Head of Alyne Australia Jeff is now managing the Australian team delivering Risk Management Solutions to a growing base of key clients

Tim Blumentals

Government and Higher Education Manager at LastPass by LogMeIn  

Tim leads LogMeIn’s ANZ Government and Higher Education team. Joining LogMeIn in 2019 Tim’s primary function was to position LogMeIn’s Identity suite of solutions, namely LastPass within ANZ Government. This involved localising the SaaS solution and commissioning an IRAP assessment. This focus has now spread to LogMeIn’s other market leading SaaS solutions – Colloboration (GoTo Products), AI ChatBot (Bold360) and Remote Support (Rescue).

A cloud and technology industry veteran, Tim has previously held senior sales roles with Palo Alto Networks, DocuSign, EMC, VMware and Citrix. With a keen interest in disruptive technology Tim enjoys positioning technology that reduces complexity while saving money and time.