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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

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Major General Stephen Day
Deputy Director Cyber and Information Security
Co-ordinator Australian Cyber Security Centre
Australian Signals Directorate

Blair Adamson

Wade Alcorn
Managing Director, Alcorn Group

Darren Bilby
Tech Lead Incident Response/Forensics, Google

Scott Brown
Senior Tech, CERT Australia

Associate Professor Richard Buckland
University of New South Wales

Dave Campbell
CERT Australia

Dr Silvio Cesare
Director of Anti-malware Engineering, Qualys

Wayne Coulston
IT Enterprise Architecture Director, Raytheon Australia

Dr Mike Davies
Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Ben Doyle

Simon Finn

Jimmy Fitzsimmons

Joe Franzi (Conference MC)
Assistant Secretary Cyber Security
Australian Signals Directorate

Graham Gathercole
Department of Agriculture

Ajoy Ghosh
General Manager, Security & Risk
Group Information Technology
NSW Department of Transport

Ben Heyes
Chief Information Security & Trust Officer
Commonwealth Bank

Adam King
AU Domain Administration (AUDA)

David Litchfield
Datacom TSS

Debbie Lutter
Department of Agriculture

Bruce Matthews
Manager, e-Security Operations, Australian Communications and Media Authority

Dr Margot McCarthy
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Matt McCormack
Senior Security Research, Dell SecureWorks

Commander David McLean
Manager Cyber Crime Operations
Australian Federal Police

Steven McLeod
Australian Signals Directorate

Rishi Nicolai

Wayne Ronaldson
Risk Offensive

John Swinson
Partner in Charge, Brisbane, King & Wood Mallesons

Stephen Tonkin
Australian Signals Directorate

Shaun Vlassis

Tim Wellsmore
Fusion special Intelligence (Cyber),
Australian Crime Commission

International Speakers

Chris Baker
Principal Data Analyst, Dyn

Katherine Carpenter
Consultant, University of Washington

Jonathan Couch
iSIGHT Partners

Dave Dittrich
Principal Software Engineer/Computer Specialist, University of Washington

Aaron Hackworth
Director of Malware Analysis, Dell SecureWorks

Natalka Kopcyk
Chief Operations Officer, Dissect Cyber

Marcelle Lee
Senior Instructional Specialist, Anne Arundel Community College

April Lorenzen
Chief Executive Officer, Dissect Cyber

Richard Perlotto

Balint Seeber
Software Defined Radio Applications Engineer & Evangelist, Ettus Research/p>

Yukako Uchida

Marcel van den Berg
Team lead, Threat Intelligence Group, Team Cymru

Elly van den Heuvel
Dutch Government

AAron Walters
President at Volatility Foundation, Volatile Systems

Sophie Watson
New Zealand Department of Defence

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Senator Brandis graduated from the University of Queensland with double first class honours in Law and Arts. After winning a scholarship to undertake postgraduate legal studies at Oxford, he received a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Rupert Cross prize.

Prior to entering Parliament, Senator Brandis worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison. In 1985, he went to the Bar where he established a commercial practice specialising in Trade Practices. He was appointed a silk in 2006.

Senator Brandis' Parliamentary service began in May 2000, when he was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy for the state of Queensland. In his early years in the Senate, he attracted attention for his work in Senate Committees. He was Chair of the Senate Economics Committee for five years and also Chair of the Senate Privileges Committee.

In 2007, he was promoted to the Ministry, as Minister for the Arts and Sport.

Following the change of government in late 2007, Senator Brandis was appointed Shadow Attorney-General. He was later elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in May 2010. The Arts portfolio was also added to his portfolio responsibilities later that year.

On 18 September 2013, Senator Brandis was sworn in as a member of the First Abbott Cabinet. He was appointed as Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Vice-President of the Executive Council—the positions in which he currently serves. He is also the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Major General Stephen Day

Major General Stephen Day was born into a military family in Sydney in 1960. His father and both grandfathers served with the Australian Army. He attended a number of schools within Australia and overseas.

After graduating from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1982 he was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers. He has commanded at every level from troop to Brigade. His operational service includes deployments with the United Nationals Transitional Assistance Force in Namibia in 1989/90, with the International Forces East Timor in 1999/2000, with the Multi National Force - Iraq in 2005/2006 and with the International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan in 2012.

In between regimental postings, Major General Day has held a variety of appointments ranging from Staff Officer to the Chief of Defence Force to the senior planning officer at Headquarters Joint Operational Command. Major General Day has attended Defence Colleges in Australia, Malaysia and the United States. He has qualifications from the New South Wales, Canberra, Deakin and Malaya Universities.

His recent appointments include, Commander of the 7th Brigade in Brisbane, Head Joint Capability Coordination at Defence Headquarters in Canberra and Chief of Plans of ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan.

Whilst serving as commanding Officer 3 CER with International Forces East Timor he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. For his service with the Multi National Force - Iraq, he was awarded the United States Legion of Merit. For his service as the Commander of 7th Brigade he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Major General Day was appointed to the position of Deputy Director Cyber and Information Security at the Defence Signals Directorate on 28th January 2013. In addition to this, on 27 November 2014, he officially took up the role of the first Co-ordinator for the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Major General Day and his wife have three children. He is a passionate cricket and rugby supporter and the current Patron of Army Cricket.

Mr Blair Adamson

Blair works in Telstra's Cyber Influence team and has extensive experience across government, intelligence and private industry, having worked in various senior management advisory roles in the Department of Defence, the Australian Signals Directorate and the SANS Institute.

Blair's time in the Department of Defence included roles in the Office of the Minister for Defence and the Defence Strategic Reform Program before becoming Director of the Cyber Influence team at the Australian Signals Directorate. At ASD, Blair fostered an emphasis on customer engagement in the agency's cyber security mission in order to encourage stakeholder dialogue and effect behavioural change in cyber security practices. His work relied on relationship building, marketing and branding, product development and communications to better influence senior stakeholders across state and federal government. In recognition of his achievements, and at their request, Blair spent several months at the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) as a Special Advisor to build a similar team in Canada.

Before joining Telstra, Blair worked as the Director Asia Pacific for the SANS Institute, managing its business in Korea, Japan and Hong Kong, and in its dealings with the Defence Industrial Base across APAC.

Mr Wade Alcorn

Wade is the Managing Director of Alcorn Group ( He leads a team of security professionals conducting penetration testing, red teaming and security reviews for government departments and businesses. In 2014, Wade co-authored The Browser Hacker’s Handbook. He is a founding director of CREST Australia, and as Chair of the Technical Committee, he led the establishment of Australia’s certifications. Wade has published leading technical papers on emerging threats and was awarded the AusCERT national 'Award for Individual Excellence in the field of IT Security'

Mr Chris Baker

Chris is a principal data analyst at Dyn where he works in capacity planning research with a focus on quantifying the breaking point of key systems, data analysis/experimentation related to network traffic, and deploying / supporting systems that monitor the health of service delivery platforms. Chris has presented on topics ranging from scaling distributed systems and human confirmation bias in monitoring of systems to identifying abuse in Dynamic DNS at conferences including Monitorama, Velocity, MAAWG and RIPE.

Mr Darren Bilby

Darren is a Digital Janitor and Staff Security Engineer with the security team at Google. At Google he has worked as breaker, builder and manager, running detection and incident response teams as well as working on numerous open source tools including building the GRR Rapid Response framework. He has 15 years of experience in the computer security industry as a pentester, coder, researcher, incident responder, and forensic analyst and is generally opinionated on all of the above.

Mr Scott Brown

Scott Brown is a Senior Tech with CERT Australia, leading the technical capability located in the Brisbane CERT office. Scott earned his security stripes in the Australian Banking and Finance industry, and now spends his days helping the CERT prevent and respond to Cyber Incidents targeting Australian Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Interest. Scott is a huge fan of automation and when not playing with malware is helping drive CERT Australia’s efforts implementing STIX and TAXII with both domestic and international partners.

Associate Professor Richard Buckland

Richard Buckland is an Associate Professor in Computer Security, Cybercrime, and Cyberterror at the University of New South Wales. His research areas are Security Engineering and Education. Currently he is working on non-mark based motivation in online education, and protocols for secure electronic elections in untrusted environments. 

Richard has a passion for open education and for student centered teaching.  His work as an educator has been recognised by numerous teaching awards at national and international level across several disciplines including the 2008 Australasian Engineering Educator of the Year and the 2013 Australian ICT Educator of the Year from the Australian professional bodies representing Engineers and ICT Professionals respectively, as well as the top award from the Australian College of Educators, and two national university teaching awards from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.  

Richard is the most watched Australian educator on the internet.  His lectures have over three million views on YouTube and iTunes and are the most cited reason given by undergraduates for choosing to study Computing at UNSW.  

Richard has been the keynote speaker at numerous education conferences and serves in a number of educational leadership roles including the UNSW Academic Board and the University's Education Governance Committeee.  He is the Director of the Professional Education Governance Board of the Australian Computer Society, and has served as the international judge for the Teaching Quality Awards for City University Hong Kong. 

Richard is the Director of Education at the Australian Centre for Cyber Security and leads the applied cyber security education programme in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales.  The students from this programme have been highly successful, in 2013 and 2014 they were finalists at both the DEFCON and SECUINSIDE CTFs and UNSW has won the CyberSecurity Challenge Australia each year since it started - in 2012 UNSW entered one team and came first, in 2013 UNSW entered three teams and came first, second and third, and in 2014 entered four teams and came first, second, third and fifth. 

Mr Dave Campbell

David has worked in Government security for the past fifteen years, and has held a range of positions related to electronic and cyber security. He developed the Defence Signals Directorate’s Infosec-Registered Assessor Program and managed Australia’s participation in the first International Cyber Storm exercise in 2006, and has participated in the Cyber Storm 2, 3 and 4 exercises. David led the Australian Government Computer Emergency Readiness Team ( as part of the Attorney-General’s Department, for four years. David has been a manager in CERT Australia, the national computer emergency response team, for the past five years and is currently A/Executive Manager of the CERT. David has a Masters degree from the Australian National University, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute.

Ms Katherine Carpenter

Katherine Carpenter (JD, MA) is a consultant currently researching ways to improve the ethics behind computer security research. She has previously worked in bioethics and health; her graduate education focused in international relations, international law, technology and privacy. She has worked for the City of Seattle, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Colorado Children’s Hospital, and the World Health Organization. As a member of an Institutional Review Board at the University of Washington she reviewed both socio-behavioral and biomedical studies to improve ethics and study design. Katherine earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law and her Masters from University of Denver's Josef Korbel School for International Studies. She earned her bachelor's degree from Columbia University.

Dr Silvio Cesare

Dr Silvio Cesare received the Ph.D in 2013 from Deakin University. His research interests include malware detection, software similarity, and physical security of electronic and radio devices. He is the Director of Anti-Malware Engineering at Qualys where he is commercializing the concepts from his Ph.D. on malware detection. He is also author of the book Software Similarity and Classification, published by Springer. He has worked in industry within Australia, France and the United States. This work includes time as the scanner architect of Qualys - now the world's largest vulnerability assessment company. In addition to his Ph.D., he has a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Master of Informatics by research from CQUniversity. He is a member of the IEEE, hosts the popular panel discussion at Ruxcon, is an organiser of Ruxmon Canberra, and lives in Canberra, Australia.

Mr Jonathan Couch

Jonathan Couch is a co-founder and Vice President of Threat Intelligence Services for iSIGHT Partners, a cyber threat intelligence firm started in 2007. With 230+ experts in 16 countries and expertise in 24 languages, iSIGHT delivers the full context and intent of the most damaging cyber threats, allowing security organizations to respond faster, defend proactively, and invest smarter. iSIGHT Partners operates global offices in Dallas, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; Beijing, China; Taipei, Taiwan; Pune, India; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Kiev, Ukraine. These offices form the basis of a global threat intelligence research and mitigation capability leveraged on behalf of customers worldwide. Jonathan focuses on the development of people, process, and technology within client organizations to assist in the consumption, use, and communication of cyber threat intelligence. He applies his 8+ years’ experience of creating and managing a threat fusion center at iSIGHT Partners to help clients transition to intelligence-led security programs.

Mr Wayne Coulston

Wayne is the IT Enterprise Architecture Director at Raytheon Australia. After a period of service with the Royal Australian Navy, Wayne has held various technical and non-technical roles with global defence companies including Rockwell, Boeing and Raytheon Australia.

For the past seven years, Wayne has led Raytheon Australia’s commitment to protecting customer and company information as part of a company-wide RTN Secure, information security awareness campaign.

Raytheon established RTN Secure to increase employee awareness of threats, strengthen internal security controls, extend its leadership in information protection, and maximize opportunities for its Information Assurance business.

Wayne is a proponent of security awareness that makes sense. Achieving a common understanding with employees, customers and partners is critical to ensuring the success of any integrated information security awareness campaign.

Dr Mike Davies

Dr Mike Davies is the Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s (DSTO) Research Leader for Cyber Assurance and Operations (RLCAO). In this capacity he is responsible for DSTO’s primary cyber security R&D and its support to the Defence department and broader national security. Mike’s role includes being DSTO’s lead for national cyber security research partnerships with academia and industry, representation on the PM&C national cyber security review, relationships with the US Department of Homeland Security in cyber security S&T, and the PREDICT approval coordinator.

Mr Dave Dittrich

Dave Dittrich is a Principal Software Engineer/Computer Specialist in the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington. He has been involved in investigating and countering computer crimes going back to the late-1990s. Dave was first to describe DDoS attack tools in 1999, did early researcher into bots and botnets, including P2P for botnet command & control. Dave has pushed the limits, but tries to do it in a way that is ethically defensible. He has written extensively on ethics, first speaking publicly about the 'Active Response Continuum' at AusCERT 2005. He serves on one of the UW's Institutional Review Boards evaluating human subjects research, and co-edited 'The Menlo Report: Ethical Principles Guiding Information and Communication Technology Research' and 'Applying Ethical Principles to Information and Communication Technology Research: A Companion to the Department of Homeland Security Menlo Report.'

Mr Ben Doyle

Ben Doyle is an Information Security expert with over 17 years’ IT experience, including 14 years dedicated to managing and developing IT Security.

Ben has comprehensive knowledge across all areas of IT Security, and is currently focusing on persistent threats, reverse engineering malware, forensics and security visualisation.

Mr Simon Finn

Simon Finn is based in Sydney, Australia, and is responsible for Security Architecture across Cisco Systems. His role is part of the consulting arm of the Cisco Security Programs Organisation, an internally focused department responsible for developing programs and policies that support security efforts and align them with Cisco's business strategy.

Simon joined Cisco as a contractor in February 2000, and has since worked across all areas of Information Security. Simon took on a full time role as the lead for Network Security Architecture globally in May 2006, and has since taken on an expanded leadership role across Infrastructure. Other duties include being co-owner of the Network and Data Centre Services security roadmap, as well as voice and video security.

In addition to his Infrastructure security role, Simon has also worked across all areas of security including:

- Web applications security architecture
- Security incident response and management
- Risk assessment and audit

Prior to Simon joining Cisco he was an independent contractor with clients in many sectors including Government and Financial.

Mr Joe Franzi (Conference MC)

Joe Franzi is the Assistant Secretary Cyber Security at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) which is the largest agency within the Intelligence & Security Group, Australian Department of Defence. Joe’s career has included extensive experience in the Intelligence and Security field with over 37 years service within the Defence portfolio (military and civilian).

After a number of military assignments over 15 years, his career in the Australian Public Service commenced in Jan 1993. Joe has held various positions at ASD covering intelligence, analysis, collection, training and cyber fields. Joe was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in April 2007, and commenced as the first civilian Director-General Support to Military Operations, leading all ASD support to Australian Defence Force and Coalition Force operations – in particular Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. He commenced his current role as Assistant Secretary Cyber Security, responsible for all ASD Information Assurance activities, in Mar 2011. The majority of his branch is located in the new Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Mr. Franzi holds a Diploma of Telecommunications Intelligence, an Advanced Certificate in Telecommunications Signals Analysis, a Certificate IV in Training & Development, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management with Flinders University and certificates of completion for the Senior Executives in National and International Security, and Senior Executive Cyber Security programs at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and Executive Education. He is a graduate of the National Security College - National Security Senior Executive Development Program and a member of the Australian Information Security Association Advisory Council.

Mr Graham Gathercole

Graham is the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Agriculture. In this role he manages a division of nearly 200 IT specialists, and delivers ICT services to the department’s national and regional offices, as well as providing ICT services to the department’s Minister and Parliamentary Secretary and their staff. Apart from policy regarding Australian agriculture and associated trade matters the Department of Agriculture also provides Australian border protection quarantine inspection and biosecurity services and has over 300 locations across the country.

He has 38 years experience in ICT; he has a bachelor’s degree in communications engineering and a degree in computer science. Graham also has an MBA in Technology Management. Graham is passionate about service delivery and the provision of ICT services as a means to facilitate it.

Graham moved from Melbourne to Canberra in 1991 with the then Defence Signals Directorate as the Software Capability Development manager and spent 13 years in that organisation. In 2000 Graham was promoted to the Australian Public Service’s Senior Executive Service cadre as the Applications Manager at Medicare, a position he held until 2007. Throughout this time, Graham achieved significant results, particularly in the area of modern Government to Business eBusiness, none the least being the successful transition of Medicare’s Pharmaceutical and Medical mandraulic claiming processes to online eBusiness channels for 95% of its customers and providers 500 million annual transactions.

In 2007 Graham became the CIO of Medicare Australia and in 2009 Medicare was subsumed into the Department of Human Services along with Centrelink and the Child Support Agency and Graham became responsible for all DHS ICT Infrastructure under CIO John Wadeson. Graham’s infrastructure division had 1800 staff and more ICT infrastructure than the rest of the Australian Government Departments and Agencies combined. Graham moved to the Department of Agriculture as Chief Information Officer in September 2011 and has been on a journey of renaissance like resurgence of that department’s ICT environment since.

Mr Ajoy Ghosh

As the General Manager, Security & Risk within Group IT, Ajoy is responsible for IT Security and IT Risk Management across the Transport for NSW cluster. His focus is developing strategy and policy for Transport and stewardship of IT Security, Disaster Recovery and IT Risk Management capabilities across the Department and each of its Agencies. Ajoy is the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for Transport under the NSW Digital Information Security Policy and the Chair of the NSW's IT Security Community of Interest which is the forum of SROs across the NSW Government.

He is passionate about turning the black art of computer forensics into a discipline and making it accessible for all manner of litigants, not just the big corporates. He has practiced extensively and taught practitioners, prosecutors, lawyers and judges from many Agencies and jurisdictions and have regularly been called upon to provide expert testimony and to coach litigation teams. As an expert witness in computer forensics he specializes in large civil cases and technically complex criminal matters (e.g. terrorism, homicide, corruption, fraud, stalking, sex crimes, people trafficking and child pornography).

Mr Aaron Hackworth

Aaron Hackworth is a Senior Distinguished Engineer with the Dell 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 Dell 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.

Mr. Hackworth 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.

Mr Ben Heyes

Ben is Chief Information Security and Trust Officer at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). CBA is Australia’s leading provider of integrated financial services and is widely recognised for its technology leadership and banking innovation.

In his role, Ben is responsible for ensuring the security and resilience of the Group’s systems and the ongoing transformation of its security controls to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving cyber security landscape. Ben also has a broader remit covering operational risk and ensuring the Group maintains a strong focus on privacy.

Ben is passionate about the possibilities of technology, and is a strong advocate for enhancing levels of trust in the digital environment. He is continually exploring opportunities for innovation, and is a strong supporter of increased cyber literacy in the community.

Prior to CBA, Ben held leadership roles in a number of the world's leading financial service providers in Australia (NAB), the United Kingdom (Deutsche Bank and UBS) and Switzerland (UBS). He has also spent six years working in various technical and liaison roles in national security and foreign intelligence.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Computing and Computer Science and a Masters of Law in Technology Law.

Mr Adam King

Adam King is the Chief Technology Officer of .au Domain Administration (auDA). Adam has been with auDA for 10 years is responsible for providing the technology direction for auDA.

His role includes the design, configuration and management of the company’s IT infrastructure and the .au DNS infrastructure. He is trusted with ensuring the stability, reliability and security of all auDA’s technology solutions and the .au domain space.

Adam has participated in various cyber security exercises where organisations, nations and states participate in tabletop exercises to assess and strengthen their cyber preparedness. Adam was involved in designing scenarios that tested auDA’s own preparedness and processes whilst highlighting to other sectors their reliance on DNS.

Ms Natalka Kopcyk

Co-presenter Nat Kopcyk is the Chief Operations Officer of Dissect Cyber, better known as the 'Advocate for the Non-Technical' in presentations with April. Nat has a 30 year career in research and development at a Fortune 50 corporation. In the highly regulated research environment she spent a great deal of her time with data generation, data analysis and reporting. She is a firm believer in continuous improvement and change management methodologies.

Ms Marcelle Lee

Marcelle Lee an Instructional Specialist with the Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) CyberCenter where she teaches cybersecurity courses, develops training, and supports industry partnerships. Marcelle also sits on the Board of Directors for Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, where she leads the women’s education and training initiative. Additionally, Marcelle is a Regional Director for the Information Systems Security Association Women in Security Special Interest Group. Marcelle is also co-founder of a cybersecurity services company, Fractal Security Group, LLC.

Marcelle transitioned to the field of cybersecurity after working for many years in operations and project management in both the public and private sectors. She holds multiple degrees and is currently working on her MPS in Cybersecurity at UMBC. Marcelle has also earned several industry certifications including GCIA, CEH, CCNA, Security+, Network+, AccessData’s Certified Examiner (ACE), and DC3’s Cyber Incident Responder credential.

Marcelle is an active volunteer in outreach and training in the cyber arena, with a particular interest in encouraging women and girls to consider positions in the field. She also speaks publicly on a variety of cybersecurity topics. She is a cyber-competition enthusiast and has placed in several, and she coaches teams at a variety of levels.

Mr David Litchfield

David Litchfield is a computer security expert with a special focus on database security and web applications. He is the author of several books on the subject, for example the Oracle Hacker's Handbook, the Database Hacker's Handbook, SQL Server Security and the 1st edition of the Shellcoder's Handbook. As a security researcher he has found hundreds of critical security flaws in various products and worked closely with the vendors to fix the weaknesses to help protect their customers. Since 2007 he has been pioneering advances in database breach investigation processes and procedures and has developed a free database forensic tool suite to help incident responders. The efficacy of these processes and tools were proved during his investigation of the compromised database servers after the Sony Play Station Network breach of April 2011. Other development projects that David has headed include NGSSQuirreL, a database vulnerability assessment scanner and Typhon, now Auditor. Prior to joining Datacom TSS David founded and managed NGSSoftware before being acquired by NCC Group, v3rity which was acquired by Accuvant Inc, and Cerberus Information Security which was acquired by @stake, now Symantec. In the past he was a CHECK (precursor to the CREST scheme) team leader and contracted to GCHQ and has provided advice to the UK's Security Service, US DoD Information Assurance Directorate and the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik in Germany.

Ms April Lorenzen

April Lorenzen is the CEO of Dissect Cyber where she specializes in global scale cyber security data and unique data visualization tools for analysts. She regularly assists the international law enforcement community and is the recipient of the award for 'Outstanding Support in the On-Going Battle Against Cybercrime' from the National Cyber-Forensics & Training Alliance. Dissect Cyber is a Comcast Tech Fund grant recipient for open source data visualization tools. April is a regular speaker and trainer at international cyber security conferences including all those that don't want to be named plus APWG, M3AAWG, ISOTF, FIRST Colloquia, LAP, and the Pell Center's Corporate Cyber Security Initiative.

Ms Debbie Lutter

Debbie is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Department of Agriculture. As the DCIO Debbie is responsible for the Strategy, Architecture and Strategic Projects branch and is also the Chief Architect as well as the Information Technology Security Advisor for the organisation. Debbie manages over 85 technical specialists, who deliver the department’s ICT strategic projects. She is currently responsible for the delivery of over 35 ICT major capital projects for the department’s national and regional offices that are focussed on modernising the department’s service delivery environment.

Apart from policy regarding Australian agriculture and associated trade matters the Department of Agriculture also provides Australian border protection quarantine inspection and biosecurity management services and has over 300 locations across the country.

Debbie worked as a senior signal analyst and telecommunications engineer as both a member of the Royal Australian Air Force and as a public servant in the Defence Signals Directorate. Debbie has 32 years experience in advanced telecommunications engineering, primarily in signal intelligence. She has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering and further post graduate qualifications in Human Resource Management and Vocational Instruction/Education.

Debbie has been with the Department of Agriculture as Assistant Secretary of the Strategy, Architecture and Strategic Projects Branch and DCIO since November 2011. Prior to this Debbie spent 7 years as an SES Band 1 at Medicare, as Branch Manager, Online Services Medicare Australia 2002-2009. From 2009 – 2011, when Medicare was subsumed into the Department of Human Services along with Centrelink and the Child Support Agency, Debbie took on the role of Connected Authentication Branch Manager under the Service Delivery Reform initiative in the newly formed department.

Throughout her time in Medicare and DHS Debbie achieved some very significant results, in particular, Debbie oversaw the development and implementation of the ICT component of the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Register, a Department of Health initiative that has saved countless Australian lives since its inception in 2004. Debbie is also responsible for introducing contemporary EDW technology into Medicare in 2006 and was responsible for introducing the Health Professional’s Online System, a portal for all Health providers. Debbie’s last achievement in DHS was the development and implementation of “Connected Authentication” for Australian Citizens across all 3 agencies in the DHS cohort.

Since her move to the Department of Agriculture in 2011 Debbie has assisted the CIO to drive a major stabilisation and consolidation program of works which now ensures a robust, enterprise-wide ICT capability with the flexibility to support the department’s business needs into the future.

Mr Bruce Matthews

Bruce Matthews is the Manager of the ACMA's Internet Security Programs, which operates the Australian Internet Security Initiative (an anti-botnet initiative) and related security programs. Bruce formerly managed the ACMA’s anti-spam compliance activities and has been with ACMA and its predecessors for over 10 years. He has conducted numerous investigations and compliance activities over this period.

Dr Margot McCarthy

As Associate Secretary National Security and International Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Margot McCarthy includes strategic cyber security policy in her portfolio. Margot’s is leading the Government’s Cyber Security Review, which will explore how industry and the government can work together to make Australia’s online systems more resilient against cyber attacks.

Margot was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2001 as Head Defence Security Authority, transferring to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) in 2004 as Assistant Secretary Defence and Intelligence.

In late 2005, Margot returned to Defence on promotion to take up the position of Deputy Director Intelligence in the Defence Signals Directorate. She was subsequently appointed as Principal Adviser to the Secretary and in 2009 was promoted to the role of Deputy Secretary Strategic Reform and Governance.

In 2010, Margot transferred to PM&C to take up the role of Deputy National Security Adviser. She was appointed as an Associate Secretary in February 2013 and leads the National Security and International Policy Group in the provision of advice to the Prime Minister, and whole-of-government coordination, on national security matters.

Margot is a graduate of Oxford University (D.Phil. in English Literature) and, as a British Council Chevening Scholar, the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc in Management). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.

Mr Matt McCormack

Matt McCormack works in the Special Operations group within SecureWorks' Counter Threat Unit, primarily splitting his time between Research and Development projects, Targeted Attack Incident Response, Threat Research and Reverse Engineering. Prior to SecureWorks Matt spent six years at Microsoft in the Anti-Malware team researching malware (oddly enough), where his one claim to fame is the detection and naming of “Stuxnet” (only later discovering his name had caught on whilst walking through his hotel lobby in Greece on holidays). During the week he can be found working from home in Melbourne with the office-assistant-for-tax-purposes Gary the Cat, doing a mediocre job of accommodating the US east-coast time zone.

Commander David McLean

Commander David McLean is currently performing the role of Manager Cyber Crime Operations within the Australian Federal Police High Tech Crime Operations portfolio.

In that capacity Commander McLean is responsible for the investigation of significant criminal acts which may compromise computer systems relied upon by the Australian critical infrastructure community or information systems of national and international significance.

Commander McLean is also responsible for Child Protection Operations and the targeting of offenders use the internet to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children or who travel offshore and commit sexual offences against them.

Previous senior executive roles occupied by Commander McLean include Manager Professional Standards responsible for internal investigations and maintenance of the AFP integrity framework; Deputy Chief Police Officer, ACT Policing, the AFP’s community policing arm; and Chief of Staff, responsible for the coordination of information, administrative and support services provided to the Commissioner and AFP Executive.

From 2004 to 2007, Commander McLean was stationed in Washington DC where he served as the AFP Senior Liaison Officer responsible for cooperation with the United States and Canada on policing issues.

Commander McLean is a graduate of the AFP Management of Serious Crime Program, the AFP International Senior Command Program and the Australian Institute of Police Management. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma of Executive Leadership.

Mr Richard Perlotto

Richard Perlotto is one of three directors running the Shadowserver Foundation, an almost all volunteer watchdog group of security professionals that gather, track, and report on malware, botnet activity, and electronic fraud.

Mr. Perlotto runs the technology and operational side of the organization with a focus on streamlining the processes and information gathering techniques.

Mr Wayne Ronaldson

Wayne Ronaldson is an experienced security tester and the co-owner of Risk Offensive. Wayne has conducted security assessments for a range of leading Australian and International businesses and specialises in Red Team Assessments covering Physical, Digital and Social Security. Wayne has presented to a number of different government departments and industry bodies in relation to cyber security and social engineering, and is often requested to give in-depth technical briefings on the current and future security landscape in Australia.

Mr Balint Seeber

A software engineer by training, Balint is a perpetual hacker, Applications Specialist and SDR Evangelist at Ettus Research, and the guy behind His passion is extracting interesting information from lesser-known data sources and visualizing them in novel ways. Lately, he has become obsessed with Software Defined Radio and all that can be decoded from the ether. When not receiving electromagnetic radiation, he likes to develop interactive web apps for presenting spatial data. Originally from Australia, he moved to the United States in 2012 to pursue his love of SDR.

Mr John Swinson

John Swinson is Partner in Charge in the Brisbane office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in intellectual property and technology law.

John is the national team leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology group. John also has six years experience in the New York technology law firm, Kenyon & Kenyon, where he worked as an attorney specialising in intellectual property, Internet and computer law.

John graduated from Harvard Law School with a Master of Law degree in 1991, where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow, and has undergraduate degrees in law and in law and computer science from the University of Queensland.

For 12 years, John taught “Cyberlaw and Policy” in the Masters program at the Queensland University of Technology as an adjunct professor.

John is an arbitrator appointed to decide domain name disputes under the ICANN domain name dispute resolution procedures for WIPO (UDRP and auDRP).

John represents both suppliers and customers in large IT deals, including outsourcing and cloud computer contracts.

Ms Yukako Uchida

Yukako Uchida (Ms.) is the Liaison Officer of Global Coordination Division at Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center (JPCERT/CC). She is responsible for international collaboration activities with overseas Cyber Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs), mainly in the Asia Pacific region. She often travels the region and most recently delivered a presentation about JPCERT/CC’s international collaboration at MNSEC-2014, a national cyber security conference in Mongolia.

She acts as the point of contact for Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT), for which JPCERT/CC serves as the Secretariat and is in charge of administrative duties.

She is the chief editor for JPCERT/CC’s English Blog which provides updates about its latest international activities, security trends and some technical observations (

She has been to Australia on more than a few occasions, including a period studying abroad in the University of Queensland.

Mr Marcel van den Berg

Marcel van den Berg is the team lead of the Threat Intelligence group at Team Cymru, an Internet security research firm dedicated to making the Internet more secure. In this role he leads a team of analyst responsible for investigations into cyber crime and related Internet threats.

Marcel has been investigating online crime for the last 15 years and has a background in law enforcement. He spent 13 years as a police officer at the Dutch police where he helped set up the High Tech Crime unit at the Dutch National Police. In 2008 he moved to New Zealand and joined the team of professionals at Team Cymru.

Ms Elly van den Heuvel

Elly van den Heuvel is an experienced manager, who has had a long career within Dutch government. Ms Van den Heuvel has held various positions at the Ministry of Security and Justice. As Head of IT of the Ministry of Security and Justice, she was responsible for the development of long-term policy within the field of IT.

In 2014 she was appointed Secretary to the Dutch Cyber Security Council (CSR). The Council was established after the publication of the Dutch Cyber Security Strategy in 2011. The Dutch Cyber Security Council has 18 high level members from government, industry, and the scientific community. The Council is supported by an independent secretariat. The CSR oversees the Dutch National Cyber Security Strategy and offers both solicited and unsolicited advice to the Cabinet. The Council also facilitates public-private dialogue on the complex matter of cyber security.

From 2008-2014, she was head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its predecessor GOVCERT.NL. During this period she focused on strengthening existing (inter)national joint ventures within the community. The NCSC is formed as a public-private partnership. Building a strong public private partnership had her special attention. She is member of the Management Board of ENISA and Chairwoman of the DENSEK Advisory Board.

Ms Van den Heuvel received an undergraduate degree in economics and communication management at the Hague university and a degree in communication and adult education at the Leiden University.

Mr Shaun Vlassis

By day Shaun manages the Incident Response team for APAC/EMEA at In his spare time he is a volunteer at the Shadowserver Foundation where he has focused heavily on fraud groups targeting the banking industry. Shaun has presented at numerous conferences over the years and was awarded the AusCERT national 'Award for Individual Excellence in the field of IT Security'.

Mr AAron Walters

AAron Walters is President and Chairman of the Volatility Foundation and lead developer of Volatility (@volatility), the open source memory analysis framework. AAron was formally the VP of Security R&D/Threat Intelligence at Terremark (acquired by Verizon), which provided security services to Intelligence, Defense, Federal entities, Financial Services, and Fortune companies. Prior to joining Terremark, AAron was the CEO and Founder of Volatile Systems LLC (acquired by Terremark) and Director of Digital Forensics at Komoku (acquired by Microsoft). He is internationally recognized for helping pioneer the field of volatile memory forensic analysis. Mr. Walters has authored numerous peer-reviewed conference and journal publications in the areas of virtual machine introspection, digital forensics, secure distributed systems, and system's integrity. He is also co-author of the best selling book “The Art of Memory Forensics:

Detecting Malware and Threats in Windows, Linux, and Mac Memory”. AAron earned a M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr Tim Wellsmore

Tim Wellsmore has 20 years experience in law enforcement, scientific and cyber intelligence collection roles in Australia. Tim is the Manager of the ACC’s Fusion Special Intelligence (Cyber) team, which is integrated in the Australian Cyber Security Centre. This team’s role in the centre is to discover, understand and prioritise the cybercrime threat against Australia, and to use this information and partnerships to enhance government responses to it. Tim has been with the ACC since 2003, and has published research studies in the field of network communications, cryptography and security. He holds a Masters In Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science with honours, and other related qualifications and training.