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Keeping the Lights On: Infrastructure & Cyber Security

16 August, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am


Malware attacks on Ukraine that shut down power substations in 2016 and the WannaCry and Petya malware attacks in 2017 highlight the urgent need for Australia to recognise and respond to cybersecurity risks in our infrastructure systems. Australian energy generation and energy storage are undergoing rapid changes. Smart cities technologies are deploying Internet of Things sensors into more aspects of urban infrastructure.

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This forum will offer expert insights on what are the real risks and address potential responses to avoid interruptions in our increasingly complex modern infrastructure systems.

Light refreshments will be served during the networking portion of the event. Presentations will be followed by Q&A discussions with the panellists. The event will finish at 11am.

Speakers will include:

Mr Kumar Parakala, Global Leader-Digital, GHD Advisory. Mr Parakala co-founded Technova, a firm recently acquired by GHD. Kumar motivates clients to reimagine their futures in the digital era and helps them get there with agile business strategies and solutions that enable digital transformation of businesses, help “old-fashioned” firms transition to “next generation” digital firms, and increase returns on digital investments. Specialising in Board and CEO-level technology matters, Kumar has advised 500+ Board Directors and worked with iconic global brands, helping them define their digital futures through new customer engagement models, new business models, and new ecosystems.

Dr Frank Smith, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. Dr Smith’s research and teaching examine the relationship between technology and international security. His focus is on bio and cyber security: particularly on how inaccurate ideas about technology in these fields can influence decisions about war and peace. He is a proponent of interdisciplinary research and education, as well as a cofounder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network.

Ms Daniella Traino, Business Leader – Cyber Security, Data61. Ms Traino has deep experience in information technology and cyber security. At Data61, she has co-developed the group’s cyber security business strategy and is responsible for business development and innovation partnerships for the cyber domain. Prior to joining Data61 she was Chief Information Security Officer for a NSW government department, responsible for the effective management of all ICT risk, security & continuity practices and held executive management roles in Banking & Finance and Management Consulting. Daniella is also a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) – a cyber security research unit of Federation University Australia and was the Cyber Track leader for the 2016 Spark Festival.

Additional speakers are being confirmed.

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The Warren Centre
(02) 9351 3752


University of Sydney Business School – CBD Campus
133 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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