Join us at the 18th CIO Leaders Australia Summit Be part of this year's upcoming gathering where you will be able
to engage with the country's leading IT Executives on the
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Join us at the 18th CIO Leaders Australia Summit Be part of this year's upcoming gathering where you will be able
to engage with the country's leading IT Executives on the
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Summit Themes Key themes and topics are developed by our
standing committee and advisory board from
the country's most respected IT Leaders.
These will be addressed over the course
of the CIO Leaders Summit Australia.

 

Data Strategy &
Governance

 

AI & Machine
Learning

 

Cloud
Computing

 

Data Analytics
& Visualisation

 

Data Science
& Big Data

 

Digital
Transformation

 

Internet of
Things

 

Cyber Security

Join us at the 18th CIO Leaders
Australia Summit

BE PART OF THIS YEAR’S UPCOMING GATHERING
WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ENGAGE WITH
THE COUNTRY’S LEADING IT PROFESSIONALS ON THE
9th May 2024, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Join the gathering

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 18th CIO Leaders Australia Summit, scheduled for May 9, 2024, at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, will once again serve as the premier gathering for more than 150 of the state’s foremost CIOs, Heads of IT and senior IT executives.

The theme for this year’s summit revolves around “Driving Next Generation Digital Business with AI” this message will be conveyed by a distinguished assembly of thought leaders through keynote addresses, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and focused roundtable conversations.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tailor their own agendas, allowing them to optimise their time away from the office by participating in sessions most pertinent to their specific business needs.

Additionally, the networking opportunities available throughout the event will enable senior IT executives to engage directly with a carefully curated group of technology vendors through pre arranged business meetings. These vendors will be showcased throughout the day, providing valuable assistance to leading security executives modernisation initiatives. These engagements ensure that businesses remain at the forefront of adopting new technologies, aligning their investment strategies with their overarching business goals.

SPEAKERS

Sandie Matthews
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Sandie Matthews

Chief Information Officer, The University of Sydney

Stephen Haddad
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Stephen Haddad

Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA)

Suneetha Bodduluri
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Suneetha Bodduluri

Director ICT, Service NSW

Dr. Tom Gao
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Dr. Tom Gao

Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer, City of Sydney

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PROGRAM

The summit program is a draft and is subject to change.

Roundtable Discussion: Low-code technology – A CIO’s tool for digital transformation

Bharath Kumar, Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Zoho Creator

Low-code platforms offer a remarkable advantage over traditional application development, owing to their abstracted and accelerated development process.

In this session, we'll cover:

  • Why CIOs are choosing low-code technology to synergise their IT and business teams
  • How the need for custom solutions in enterprises is driving extensive low-code adoption
  • The power of generative AI in low-code technology
  • Modernising the enterprise tech stack in a financially sustainable manner

  • 30min

    Bharath Kumar

    Bharath heads the Customer Experience & Marketing initiatives of Zoho's low code platform, Zoho Creator, and has over 15 years of experience across [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Inspiring & Leading Transformation In Organisational Cybersecurity Culture

    Greg Newbegin, Cyber Security Lead ANZ, Lenovo
    The way we work has forever changed, it’s time that the way we lead follow suit. To meet the challenges of a post-pandemic work and workforce, we must explore the ways in which we can build, inspire and lead a team. In this eclectic presentation, you can expect the right side of your brain to light up. To think differently about challenges you and your teams face around relentless Cybersecurity demands. Whether you’re a gearhead, history buff, or just a sponge for new ideas, you’re bound to walk away with relevant and unexpected stories that expand your understanding of the meaning of leadership and help you to create a vision and embark upon a path of transformation for your team.

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion: Are You Adopting Cloud Technologies Faster Than You Can Secure Them?

    Matt Preswick, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Wiz
    Scott Dunion, Regional Head, APJ, Wiz

    For proactive threat mitigation, organisations need a comprehensive, frictionless strategy that offers complete visibility and automated remediation. The shift to a CNAPP framework empowers DevOps, production, and engineering teams to improve security posture across the board.

    Join the Wiz roundtable for insights on how security teams can reduce fragmentation and friction to implement a consistent and reliable multi-cloud security posture.

    Discuss how CNAPP is moving to the forefront to address the security gaps:

    • How to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for data privacy and storage
    • Implementing a unified security platform for better visibility and control over vulnerabilities
    • Eliminating friction between security teams and developers to promote efficient DevSecOps
    • Using robust automation for improved security posture and improved response time
    • Shift left in terms of focusing pre-breach instead of post-breach to ensure faster and more effective remediation

    30min

    Speaking Session: CIO Engagement with the Board.

    David English, Chief Information Officer, Peninsula Health

    Engagement between the CIO and the board is critical for the success of an organisation. It is the CIO's responsibility to provide technology leadership, and the Board's responsibility to oversee and guide the organization's strategic direction. 

    This presentation will discuss the importance of a CIO’s engagement with the board for effective technology leadership and decision-making.

    30min

    David English

    David English is Executive Director, Digital Health and Informatics (Chief Information Officer) at Peninsula Health, a metropolitan public [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion: Addressing Diversity and Digital Skills Deficiency in a Rapidly Changing Future.

    Panellists:
    Jennifer Rebeiro, Chief Transformation Officer, Greater Western Water
    Jo Shoppee, Director of APAC Risk, Governance and Performance, Technology, BUPA
    Salvatore Trimboli, Chief Information Officer, TLC Healthcare
    Asad Zafar, Chief Information Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority
    Moderator:
    Tyron McGurgan, CEO, Focus Network
     

    Businesses need to have access to the right technology and skills in order to succeed now more than ever. After all, digital tools and technology are now necessary for any global business to be successful. However, there is a "digital skills gap" that many businesses have to deal with because they can't find skilled professionals who have the right knowledge and experience with new technologies. As a result, businesses are at a competitive disadvantage as they struggle to bridge the skills gaps between their current workforce and the digital economy's requirements.

    Key discussion points in this panel will touch on how to maximise the power of technology by leveraging on trained and capable digital talents, understanding how diversity help business transform and innovate, discovering new business opportunities by having a diverse voice and how citizen-led automation can optimise and support digital transformation strategy.

    30min

    Jennifer Rebeiro

    Jennifer Rebeiro is the Chief Information Officer at Greater Western Water. Jennifer has led teams across a wide range of industries and [...]

    Jo Shoppee

    Jo is Director of Technology Risk, Governance and Performance at Bupa Asia-Pacific.  Jo’s expertise spans a broad range of disciplines [...]

    Salvatore Trimboli

    Senior executive with extensive experience across multiple sectors including Professional Services, Technology, Financial Services, Healthcare [...]

    Asad Zafar

    A business driven, IT leader with broad global industry experience (including manufacturing, retail, transport, logistics, banking, oil and gas) [...]

    Tyron McGurgan

    Tyron McGurgan is a seasoned entrepreneur, media expert, and events professional boasting over 17 years of industry experience. As the CEO and [...]

    Closing Remarks from the Chair and End of the Forum

    Craig Baty, Executive  Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Roundtable Discussion: Low-code technology – A CIO’s tool for digital transformation

    Bharath Kumar, Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Zoho Creator

    Low-code platforms offer a remarkable advantage over traditional application development, owing to their abstracted and accelerated development process.

    In this session, we'll cover:

  • Why CIOs are choosing low-code technology to synergise their IT and business teams
  • How the need for custom solutions in enterprises is driving extensive low-code adoption
  • The power of generative AI in low-code technology
  • Modernising the enterprise tech stack in a financially sustainable manner

  • 30min

    Bharath Kumar

    Bharath heads the Customer Experience & Marketing initiatives of Zoho's low code platform, Zoho Creator, and has over 15 years of experience across [...]

    Speaking Presentation: The Vital Role of Architecture in Large-Scale Digital Transformation.

    Pervez Kazmi, Chief Enterprise Architect, Suncorp

    Suncorp Group offer insurance and banking products and services through some of Australia and New Zealand’s most recognised financial brands. We are continuously undertaking initiatives aimed at improving the way we deliver insurance and banking products for our customers. Technology is a key enabler of the Suncorp Group’s strategy. We are investing in our future by transforming the landscape with initiatives to be able to rapidly deliver seamless customer experiences and innovative products and services.

    The Technology and Transformation organisation of the Group has ‘Architect for the Future’ as a strategic pillar, reflecting the importance of the architecture discipline to the Group. This talk will discuss how architecture is practiced at Suncorp in alignment with industry best practice to enable the optimum transformative technology transformation for a large enterprise so as to meet the Group’s business objectives.

    The speaker leads the Group’s Enterprise Architecture Centre of Expertise.

    30min

    Pervez Kazmi

    Pervez Kazmi is Chief Enterprise Architect at Suncorp Group, leading the Enterprise Architecture Centre of Expertise. Pervez is an experienced [...]

    Speaking Presentation: Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation: Doing the Simple Things Right.

    Andrew Milroy, VP & Head of Research, Focus Network

    As cybersecurity vulnerabilities are exposed, companies typically respond reactively. This has led to unmanageable complexity and an increase in the number of cybersecurity tools used. 

    Recent attacks in Australia have shown that companies need to place greater emphasis on basic cybersecurity hygiene factors such as regular health checks, access controls, and aligning policies with risk appetite. 

    This presentation will focus on the cybersecurity risks we face, approaches to those risks and how emphasis on basic hygiene factors can reduce risk dramatically.

    30min

    Andrew Milroy

      Andrew Milroy leads the research and advisory business at Focus Network. His work involves empowering organisations to make decisions [...]

    Networking Break

    15min

    Speaking Session: The Tech Enabler’s Journey: Optimising Ecommerce through Data and AI Transformation.

    Alex Ji, Chief Information Officer, New Aim

    Unleashing the potential of data and AI in ecommerce, this talk uncovers the transformative journey of a true tech enabler. Explore how New Aim leverages advanced technology to optimize operations, elevate customer experiences, and fuel growth. Dive into practical examples, including New Aim's expertise in data-driven strategies such as channel integration, dynamic pricing, and postage optimization. Discover how becoming a tech enabler empowers businesses to thrive in the dynamic landscape of ecommerce, leveraging AI and data to unlock new possibilities.

    30min

    Alex Ji

    Alex Ji brings more than a decade's experience in data and information technology to Australian ecommerce enabler New Aim. A proven leader in [...]

    Closing Keynote Presentation: Conflict in perspective: embracing diverse perspectives in CIO leadership.

    Jorge Silveira, Chief Digital Health Officer, Virtus Health

    Discover how embracing diverse perspectives can foster innovation, drive collaboration, and effectively address conflict within your leadership team. Unleash the true potential of your organization by harnessing the strength of varied insights and experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to redefine leadership and create a more inclusive, dynamic, and impactful CIO community.

    20min

    Jorge Silveira

    As a technology & information security Executive, I am values-oriented, appreciate the relationship and importance of people on technology [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Death to the VPN! How to properly secure third-party & remote access for IT and OT

    Scott Hesford, Director of Solutions Engineering, APJ, BeyondTrust
    Recent data breaches have shown that organisations continue to struggle with providing secure remote access for employees and third parties alike. Over the past few years VPNs have been stretched to breaking point, with many organisations essentially providing an “access all areas” pass for users. This roundtable will discuss the challenges faced by organisations depending on VPN for secure remote access and look at alternatives for securing the remote connectivity to both Information Technology and Operational Technology.

    30min

    Networking Drinks

    60min

    Roundtable Discussion: Inspiring & Leading Transformation In Organisational Cybersecurity Culture

    Greg Newbegin, Cyber Security Lead ANZ, Lenovo
    The way we work has forever changed, it’s time that the way we lead follow suit. To meet the challenges of a post-pandemic work and workforce, we must explore the ways in which we can build, inspire and lead a team. In this eclectic presentation, you can expect the right side of your brain to light up. To think differently about challenges you and your teams face around relentless Cybersecurity demands. Whether you’re a gearhead, history buff, or just a sponge for new ideas, you’re bound to walk away with relevant and unexpected stories that expand your understanding of the meaning of leadership and help you to create a vision and embark upon a path of transformation for your team.

    30min

    Keynote Presentation: Using AI to Cope With the Skills Shortage and Increase Productivity.

    Brett Wilson, Chief Information Officer, Australian Red Cross
    Learn how the Australian Red Cross has combined the use of RPA’s and legacy systems to save time and FTE.  Find out how the Australian Red Cross leveraged automation technology to automate manual processing from legacy systems to save almost 2,000 days of effort.

    20min

    Brett Wilson

    Recognised in the CIO50 in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 for innovation and leadership. An executive leader with experience in digital [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion: Reinventing Hybrid Work, Based on Human-Centricity.

    Panellists:
    Ian Padgham, Chief Information Officer, Parks Victoria
    Robert Lupone Chief Information Officer, Lovisa
    Nicole Birbas, Head of Customer Success, Miro
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Advisor, Focus Network

    Work models at all levels around the world have been affected by the pandemic. Now is the time for CIOs to adopt a digital workspace model that is more human-centred. This requires leadership to rethink the culture, implement all working methods, select the right tools to use, and re-imagine the culture to drive innovation, better work-life balance, increased productivity, and, most importantly, improved business outcomes.

    Key discussion points in this panel will discuss how to evolve organisations to be more responsive to customer demand, more resilient to disruptions and more productive.

    30min

    Ian Padgham

    A Senior Information Technology Executive with over 30 years of experience across numerous industry sectors. Experienced CIO managing a full [...]

    Robert Lupone

    Robert is the Global CIO at Lovisa (fast fashion retailer with 750 stores in 30 countries) and has significant experience working across the [...]

    Nicole Birbas

    With over 20 years tech experience, I've held leadership roles across CX, SaaS, Customer Success, Workplace transformation and Business [...]

    Roundtable Discussion: Are You Adopting Cloud Technologies Faster Than You Can Secure Them?

    Matt Preswick, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Wiz
    Scott Dunion, Regional Head, APJ, Wiz

    For proactive threat mitigation, organisations need a comprehensive, frictionless strategy that offers complete visibility and automated remediation. The shift to a CNAPP framework empowers DevOps, production, and engineering teams to improve security posture across the board.

    Join the Wiz roundtable for insights on how security teams can reduce fragmentation and friction to implement a consistent and reliable multi-cloud security posture.

    Discuss how CNAPP is moving to the forefront to address the security gaps:

    • How to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for data privacy and storage
    • Implementing a unified security platform for better visibility and control over vulnerabilities
    • Eliminating friction between security teams and developers to promote efficient DevSecOps
    • Using robust automation for improved security posture and improved response time
    • Shift left in terms of focusing pre-breach instead of post-breach to ensure faster and more effective remediation

    30min

    Roundtable Discussion: Death to the VPN! How to properly secure third-party & remote access for IT and OT

    Scott Hesford, Director of Solutions Engineering, APJ, BeyondTrust

    Recent data breaches have shown that organisations continue to struggle with providing secure remote access for employees and third parties alike. Over the past few years VPNs have been stretched to breaking point, with many organisations essentially providing an “access all areas” pass for users.

    This roundtable will discuss the challenges faced by organisations depending on VPN for secure remote access and look at alternatives for securing the remote connectivity to both Information Technology and Operational Technology.


    30min

    Registration and Morning Refreshments

    45min

    Welcome and Introduction

    Tyron McGurgan, Chief Executive Officer, Focus Network

    5min

    Tyron McGurgan

    Tyron McGurgan is a seasoned entrepreneur, media expert, and events professional boasting over 17 years of industry experience. As the CEO and [...]

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    Master of Ceremonies

    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Speaking Presentation: Becoming an AI-Enabled Organisation.

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network

    Becoming an AI-enabled organisation involves integrating AI technology into various aspects of a business to improve operations, decision-making, and customer experiences. This requires a strategic approach, including developing an AI roadmap, identifying use cases, investing in the right talent and technology, and creating a culture that supports experimentation and innovation. Successful AI adoption also requires an understanding of the ethical implications of AI use and a commitment to using the technology responsibly. Ultimately, becoming an AI-enabled organization can lead to increased efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, and a competitive advantage in the market.

    30min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Opening Keynote Presentation: Voice of the CIO in Australia.

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network
    This presentation will provide an overview of the current state and latest trends for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in Australia to look out for in 2023. Drawing on the latest industry research and analysis by Focus Network analysts, the presentation will explore the key trends and challenges facing CIOs, as well as the emerging technologies and opportunities that are shaping the role. During this session we will delve deeper into areas that cover: 
    • The evolving role of the CIO in today's business landscape
    • The impact of digital transformation on CIOs and their organisations.
    • The challenges of managing cybersecurity and data privacy in an increasingly complex threat landscape
    • The emergence of new technologies, such as cloud computing, AI, and IoT, and their potential impact on CIOs and their teams
    • Strategies for staying ahead of the curve and driving innovation in the CIO role

    30min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Registration & Morning Refreshments

    55min

    Welcome & Introduction – Master of Ceremonies

    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Opening Keynote Presentation – Voice of the CIO in Australia

    Ross O’Brien, Principal Advisor, Focus Network

    This presentation will share Focus Network’s latest CIO research findings and highlight 2024 technology trends that will have the most significant impact on Australian organisations.

    In addition to sharing the latest technology trends, the presentation will highlight challenges facing CIOs, as well as the emerging technologies and opportunities.

    During this session we will delve deeper into:

    • Modernising enterprise IT.
    • The impact of AI, particularly generative AI on Australian organisations.
    • Building trust, greater organisational resilience and adaptability.
    • The emergence of new technologies, such as edge computing, industry clouds and their potential impact on CIOs and their teams.
    • Strategies for staying ahead of the curve and driving innovation in the CIO role.

    20min

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Aligning Business and Technology Teams for Greater Agility

    Panellists:
    Sandie Matthews,  Chief Information Officer,  The University of Sydney  
    Melanie Evans, Group Executive Digital Services (CIO), Ventia
    Anni Minassian, Head of Banking - IT, The Reserve Bank of Australia
    Anuj Gupta, IT Director, Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa, Novartis
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    The IT function is often not sufficiently aligned with the rest of the business.

    This panel discussion will discuss best practices for ensuring that business and IT teams collaborate more closely to achieve shared outcomes.

     

    30min

    Sandie Matthews

    Sandie Matthews is a highly accomplished leader in the field of information technology and digital enablement with an impressive track record [...]

    Melanie Evans

    Melanie joined Ventia in July 2023 as Group Executive – Digital Services. Prior to joining Ventia, Melanie was Partner In Charge, Connected [...]

    Anni Minassian

      Anni Minassian is Head of Banking Systems – IT at the Reserve Bank of Australia. A successful business technology leader with 20+ [...]

    Anuj Gupta

    Executive with extensive experience driving technology enabled business transformation to maximise business value, with deep expertise in [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – DialpadGPT: How Generative AI Can Transform Your Business

    Donny Chai, Senior ANZ, Sales Engineer, Dialpad

    AI is rapidly transforming every aspect of professional life. For many IT leaders, AI is becoming an essential solution to many business challenges. As with any new technology, there are tangible limitations on access, scale, and usability when it comes to AI. These limitations include security, expertise, model accuracy, usage restrictions, cost constraints, accessible computing power, and more.

    This session explores how Generative AI, exemplified by DialpadGPT, addresses these challenges, offering a scalable, secure platform for unlocking AI benefits.

    Attendees will gain insights into:

    • The impact of mass-market Large Language Models (LLMs) on digital transformation.
    • Dialpad’s unique Approach to Generative Ai & Large Language Models.
    • Real-world case studies demonstrating the power of Generative AI.

    30min

    Donny Chai

    Donny Chai, ANZ Senior Sales Engineer at Dialpad, is dedicated to empowering businesses worldwide with transformative cloud-based communication [...]

    Networking Break

    15min

    Roundtable Discussion – Moving into AI-Powered Email Security in 2024

    Celeste Lowe, General Manager Cyber Security, Ventia (previously Group Director IT Security at Nine)
    Security teams are stuck in a cycle of investigating endless support tickets for phishing emails and Business Email Compromise attacks. Meanwhile, the threat continues to grow, with Australian businesses reporting losses of nearly $100M to BEC alone in 2022. To combat attacks that are increasing in both volume and sophistication, a whole new industry of user awareness training and phishing simulation has arisen, a market expected to grow from $5.6 billion globally in 2023 to $10 billion by 2027. But staying a step ahead, threat actors are now leveraging generative AI to create even more realistic attacks to fool your employees.

    Trying to stay one step ahead by looking for traditional indicators of compromise is a fool’s errand, especially as AI changes the game. So what can be done? How do we stop ever-evolving email attacks from bypassing the SEG? And is user awareness training still your only saviour in the coming year?

    Talking Points for group discussion:
    1. What strategies are being deployed from both a technology and process perspective to combat exposure to financial losses through email threats and how effective are our current security tools at detecting new threats without IOCs?
    2. How successful have user awareness training programs been in enabling employees to correctly identify malicious and fraudulent emails?
    3. Have you ever felt like the board or CEO would sack you after a breach? What if the email that led to the breach was allowed in by your SEG? Would you sack your SEG?
    4. What types of security is needed to prevent AI-generated attacks from reaching you?

    30min

    Celeste Lowe

      Proven, managerial skills, strategic planning and operational delivery experience in a career spanning 20 years in the Cyber Security [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Reducing Complexity with a Cybersecurity Mesh
    Are You Ready to Adopt a New Cloud Security Operation Model?

    Matt Preswick, Enterprise Solutions Engineer, Wiz
    A successful cloud security strategy needs to evolve to meet the changing needs of the business and growth of the cloud. Cutting-edge security teams are coming up with new approaches and initiatives to increase their company’s agility through security and move from slowing the business to accelerating it.

    Across ANZ, organisations are rapidly expanding cloud adoption and expecting security leaders to follow suit, and fast. As a result, CISO’s need to rethink their approach to cloud security be able to move at the speed of business, ensure compliance with regulation, and enable their organisations to innovate with AI.

    Join your peers for this roundtable as we discuss and share insights on simplifying your security stack and using a new cloud security operation model to meet the growing demands of your business.

    30min

    Matt Preswick

    Matt is the Enterprise Solutions Engineering expert for Wiz, with experience in network, email and cloud security at leading security vendors in [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Backup ≠ Cyber Recovery: Navigating the Shift in Required Capabilities and Shared Responsibilities between IT and Cyber Teams

    Alister Freese, Account Executive, Rubrik

    The weight of cybercrime is taking its toll not only on CIO and CISOs. An overwhelming 96% of IT and Security leaders suffered significant emotional or psychological impact as they continue to face unending challenges in protecting their company’s data, according to a recent Wakefield Research report ‘The State of Data Security’ commissioned by Rubrik*.

    While prevention is impossible, Businesses, Leaders, and the Customers they serve need certainty in their ability to recover critical services in a timely manner.

    Join thought leaders from Rubrik along with a select group of your IT and security peers, as we discuss challenges, the human impact of cybercrimes on an organisation, and best practices moving forward to protect your people and your data infrastructure.

    *New Rubrik data security survey: 99% of organisations reported a breach in the last year – and 72% paid a ransom; but, only 16% who paid recovered their data.

    30min

    Alister Freese

    A sales leader who can lead high performing sales teams through applying strong commercial, customer and people management skills. Have built a [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Driving the Right Work to the Right Resource at the Right Time

    Darren Cockerell, Head of Solutions Consulting ANZ, SS&C Blue Prism

    Tightening cost and time constraints coupled with the rising complexity in current technology environment are crippling organizations’ speed to growth.

    The ability to drive the right work to the right resource at the right time will grant organizations the competitive advantage to navigate the challenges and spur their growth.

    At this interactive session, we’ll discuss:

    • The transformative power of Process Orchestration powered by Intelligent Automation and Business Process Management – all in one platform.
    • Exploring CIO-led digital transformation strategies.
    • Anticipating the AI and Process Orchestration and Automation boom in 2024 and its impact on business transformation

    30min

    Darren Cockerell

      Darren Cockerell is Head of Solutions Consulting ANZ at SS&C Blue Prism where he is responsible for understanding the strategic aims and [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – Driving Next Generation Digital Business with AI

    Suneetha Bodduluri, Director ICT, Service NSW

    Businesses are finding increasingly innovative ways to use AI, particularly generative AI, to grow.

    This presentation will discuss how AI is shaping digital business and driving business growth.

     

    30min

    Suneetha Bodduluri

    Visionary and award-winning Senior Executive with a stellar record in driving digital modernization and transformation on a national and [...]

    Keynote Speaking Presentation – The Evolving Role of the CIO in the Era of AI

    Stephen Haddad , Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA)

    In the rapidly advancing landscape of technology, CIOs are undergoing massive transformation to adapt to the age of artificial intelligence.

    This presentation will discuss the multifaceted responsibilities and strategic considerations that define the contemporary CIO's role who not only embrace technological advancements but also shape ethical frameworks and foster innovation, propelling their organisations into a future where AI is seamlessly integrated into the fabric of business strategy.

     

    30min

    Stephen Haddad

    Stephen Haddad is an experienced technology, information security, and business transformation executive who has demonstrated his ability to [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Walking a Tightrope Between Security and Productivity

    Jane Bourke, Enterprise Account Executive, Delinea

    Poor access management, default passwords, credential stuffing, phishing, and abusing stolen credentials and DDOS attacks are all too common causes of security breaches keeping security leaders up at night. Couple this with businesses’ drive for productivity gains – it’s a balancing act between security and productivity.

    Join in our discussion on research findings from over 2000 CISO’s across the world, including Australia, on the challenges of aligning business and security including:

    • Challenges faced when aligning cybersecurity with business goals
    • How cyber teams are measuring business outcomes as well as security activities
    • Negative impacts of misaligned goals on business growth and security posture
    • Organisational questions that impact alignment (e.g. org reporting structure)


    30min

    Roundtable Discussion – The Essential Eight: Overcoming Your Challenges with PAM

    Scott Hesford, Senior Director, Solutions Engineering, APJ, BeyondTrust
    Improving their maturity within the Essential Eight is considered daunting for many organisations. Strategies such as application control, restricting admin privileges and user application hardening are seen as difficult to implement effectively without impacting employee productivity.

    However, security technologies such as Privileged Access Management (PAM) can help organisations bridge the gap for a number of requirements of the Essential Eight, including the above three. Modern PAM solutions can also provide compensating controls on other elements of the Essential Eight. Join this discussion amongst peers of the Essential Eight, how organisations are aligning to it and how PAM can support those strategies.

    Attend this roundtable and you will:
    • Hear from your peers on how they are approaching the Essential Eight in their organisations
    • Know how Privileged Access Management maps against the eight strategies, including the November 2023 update
    • Learn some of the best practices around implementing parts of the Essential Eight.

    30min

    Scott Hesford

    Scott Hesford has over a decade of experience in IT security. Before joining BeyondTrust in 2019, he worked as Principal Consultant for CA [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Convenience vs. Security: Can We Win in Digital Identity?

    Mo (Mohammad) Shahbeikian, Sales Engineering Manager – APAC, Thales

    This roundtable tackles the challenge of balancing a seamless customer experience with robust security in the digital age.

    We'll explore emerging tech, building trust, and the future of navigating the ever-evolving identity landscape. Join us to discuss how to win in a customer-centric world.

    30min

    Mo (Mohammad) Shahbeikian

    As a resourceful and self-motivated sales engineer & technical consultant with 15+ years’ experience in variety of industries such as cyber [...]

    Roundtable Discussion – Harnessing Mobile Devices to Drive Digital Productivity

    Angelo Lo Certo, Head of Product and Professional Services, imei

    Mobile devices place the power of distributed information in the hands of many throughout the organisation, but how to overcome the challenges of reliable connectivity, information security and user downtime, to drive productivity?

    As the number of mobile information workers in your organisation increases, so does the complexity of managing the device fleets ranging from mobile phones through tablets to field-based rugged devices and laptops. The combinations of device type, network, apps, user profiles, authorisation and authentication, and use cases, increase exponentially.

    Mobile information workers and mobile technologies are not a new part of business – it’s now a mature part of organisations’ digital transformation. However, the tools, processes and systems to make mobile technology ‘just work’ are constantly evolving.

    This session is a combination of current industry state-of-the-art mobile productivity enhancement, reinforced by a moderated discussion by an experienced thought leader, and the chance to hear directly from peers about issues faced, open questions and interesting experiences.

    • how to overcome the challenges of reliable connectivity, information security and user downtime to drive productivity
    • mobile device security considerations – understanding the what, where, who, accessible info, what your employees connect to etc.
    • why manage your mobiles - benefits, expense management & cost allocation etc
    • use cases on how industry organisations benefit from having their devices managed externally. With a discussion with your peers on their own firsthand priorities and considerations when managing their technology.

    30min

    Angelo Lo Certo

    Angelo is currently head of Product Strategy and Professional Services at imei. Angelo’s background is in applied technologies to improve [...]

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    Fire-side Chat – Accelerating Innovation with Generative AI

    Stevie-Ann Dovico, Chief Information Officer, Beyond Bank Australia
    Ross O’Brien, Principal Research Advisor, Focus Network

    Discover how this ground-breaking technology is revolutionising various industries, changing how companies deliver value to customers and supercharging productivity.

    In this session, we will assess how generative AI can drive innovation in their organisations and add value. It will discuss Generative AI use cases, its capabilities, and its impact on various sectors.

    This discussion we will look at the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations surrounding the use of generative AI, offering valuable insights for professionals and organisations interested in harnessing its power.


    30min

    Stevie Ann Dovico

      Stevie is a dynamic, engaging, and energetic senior leader, who enables excellence in the delivery of awesome customer experiences and [...]

    Ross O’Brien

    Ross is a writer, commentator, research manager and consultant. His analysis centres on the impact information technologies have on Asia’s [...]

    Speaking Session – Deploying Generative AI in the Enterprise

    Arvee Manaog, Head of Application Solutions and Data & Analytics - ANZ, Medline Industries - ANZ

    Generative AI is a major new trend that harnesses AI applications such as ChatGPT to create new and innovative content.

    In this presentation, we discuss the current state of generative AI and key new use cases.

    30min

    Arvee Manaog

    Senior IT Executive with over 15 years of experience in various industries, including Global Retail/FMCG, Healthcare, International [...]

    Speaking Session – Digitisation Transformation in Local Government

    Dr Tom Gao, Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer, City of Sydney

    As we navigate the AI hype cycle, let’s not forget the importance of continued digitisation. Digital transformation is not just about technology; it’s about reshaping organisations to be more agile, resilient, and customer centric. It’s about preparing ourselves for the future. Join us as we explore this critical topic as our speaker shares the challenges and journey in building and transforming one of the largest online services for local government in Australia.

    30min

    Dr. Tom Gao

    A senior digital and technology executive with a comprehensive background in project and line management in digital and Microsoft technology [...]

    Networking Break

    15min

    Speaking Session – Balancing Business Resilience and Trust with the Need for Continual Innovation

    Andrew Milroy, VP and Head of Research, Focus Network

    As businesses use digital innovation to become more competitive, cybersecurity often receives insufficient focus. AI, particularly generative AI, is now being widely used to drive improved or transformational business outcomes. Excitement around AI and other new technologies needs to be balanced with much greater focus on building secure, resilience and trusted organisations.

    During this session, we will use Focus Network research to delve deeper into:

    • The need for security by design
    • Increased adoption of zero-trust approaches
    • Embedding security without hindering digital innovation
    • New AI-related vulnerabilities
    • Building greater resilience in an AI-driven world

    30min

    Andrew Milroy

      Andrew Milroy leads the research and advisory business at Focus Network. His work involves empowering organisations to make decisions [...]

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Maximising the Value of IT Investments: Doing More with Less

    Panellists:
    Nazih Battal, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Rashays
    Cindy Tan, GM IT Delivery, TPG Telecom
    Sarah Vale, Head of Technology Architecture, Domain Group Ltd
    Moderator:
    Craig Baty, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    In today’s uncertain economic environment, IT budgets are under pressure. CIOs are seeking innovative ways to drive value from their IT investments.

    This panel discussion will discuss on maximising the value of IT investments in challenging times.

     

    30min

    Nazih Battal

      Nazih is currently the Chief Information and Technology Officer at Rashays, focusing on leading our IT strategy through a business lens, as [...]

    Cindy Tan

    As GM of IT, I oversee the engine room of the company, managing digital and IT applications, shaping long and short term plans and projects. [...]

    Sarah Vale

    Sarah is an enterprise architect who joined Domain as Head of Architecture two years ago.  Her background is varied, with experience in [...]

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Closing Remarks

    Craig Batt, Executive Research Advisor, Focus Network

    5min

    Craig Baty

    Craig has extensive thought leadership experience across AP/J ICT markets. He is our executive research advisor for Focus Network and is also a [...]

    Networking Drinks

    60mins

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    Keeping in line with the main goal of the event in achieving new relationships, we provide a huge amount of networking opportunities for attendees through breakfast, luncheons, cocktails and informal introductions.

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    Buyers and sellers can engage with one another onsite in a series of prearranged business meetings. These provide both parties with a great opportunity to build new relationships by interacting face-to-face.

    TARGETED
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    Being able to experience different sessions is what makes this event unique; whether you are looking to attend an interactive workshop, roundtable, 1-1 meeting or panel discussion.

    NETWORKING
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    Interacting face-to-face is still one of the most effective ways to do business. During lunch hour you will have the opportunity to do just that in a very relaxed atmosphere.

    PERSONALISED
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    The summit is personalised for YOU, this means that what is important to your business is important to us. We create personalised itineraries around sessions you want to attend, allowing for your time to be spent wisely while out of the office.

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