Building Resilience into the AI-Driven Enterprise with Application Security

14 March 2024, Melbourne

Private Event Series

Hosted By

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Date: Thursday, 14th March 2024

Time: 12pm – 2:30pm (AEDT)


Society, Melbourne

80 Collins Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

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Synopsis and overview of the session

As enterprises make increasing investments into AI, in particular Generative AI, application security can get overlooked, as the focus on AI-driven innovation intensifies. However, application security is more important today than ever before. Building security into software products and testing them regularly is critical for any cybersecurity program. Too many breaches emerge from insecure coding, insufficient application testing and poorly built software. Successful application security requires active participation from across the organisation, especially from developers. 

The need for rapid application development – against a backdrop of large AI roll-outs and innovation – is highlighting the critical importance of DevSecOps. Focus Network in partnership with CheckMarx, invite you to join this executive roundtable discussion where we will outline the characteristics of a successful application security program and delve deeper into:

  • Ways of increasing the speed of application development without compromising security
  • Aligning your application security program with business needs
  • Application security best practices
  • Major benefits and challenges of DevSecOps



Kenneth J Ratnam

Kenneth Ratnam, Senior Regional Director, Checkmarx

Kenneth J Ratnam is the Senior Regional Director of Checkmarx for APJ. Currently residing in Singapore, Kenneth has spent almost 30 years engaging governments and large enterprises across the Asia Pacific. Kenneth spent an illustrious 14-year tenure at British Telecoms, where he started as a network engineer in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become the Head of Cyber Security for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Checkmarx, Kenneth held various senior sales, operational and management positions at SAVVIS, a US-based network provider in Asia Pacific, Skybox Security and ReaQta.

Michael Pogrebisky

Michael Pogrebisky, Software Security Engineer and Technical Territory Manager, Checkmarx

A passionate and energetic Enterprise Software professional with 20+ years of experience at various roles and capacities. In the last 9 years Michael worked as a Presales Consultant (Sales Engineer), with focus on solution architecture tailored to the customer needs, value-based selling, live product demonstration, managing proof-of-concepts, speaking at user groups and forums etc. He played a key role in securing large deals with major enterprise customers in the region, like NAB, ANZ Bank, CBA, Telstra, Energy Australia, DHS, ATO, Woolworths, Coles and many others. Michael excels at creating personal rapport with key technical stakeholders on the customer side by demonstrating his technical capacity as it’s applied to the specific customer needs, as well as a genuine care for their success. Another key strength Michael possesses is his tremendous capability to understand technology and create non-trivial solutions based on out-of-the-box approach in order to meet the most challenging customer demands.

Michael Pogrebisky has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry where he has served in multiple technical capacities such as solution architect, software developer, technical advisor, and researcher.

Michael prides himself on being a creative out-of-the-box thinker and enjoys challenging himself to learn new technologies. One of his favorite professional challenges was serving as the Chief Technologist for the Application Lifecycle Management group at HP Software. Michael holds a degree in Computer Sciences from the prestigious Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.


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Anthony Caruana, CEO + writer + presenter + facilitator + journalist + media trainer + consultant, Media-Wize

Anthony Caruana has worked for almost every major masthead in the Australian IT press with his work appearing around the world. As an experienced IT professional – having worked as the lead IT executive in several businesses, he brings a unique insight to his reporting. He is the CEO of Media-Wize and continues to also work as a freelance writer for corporate clients. He is also a regular presenter on radio and television, as well as at events and webinars.

His work has covered the Australian and Asian markets. He writes about enterprise and consumer technology, information security, customer advocacy and the channel.

He also has an extensive career in IT having started his career as a trainer before becoming a business analyst and eventually rising into senior management positions.

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About Checkmarx

Checkmarx is the Enterprise Application Security provider, offering the industry leading cloud-native platform, that builds DevSecTrust – Checkmarx One™.

Fueled by intelligence from our industry leading AppSec security research team, our AI driven technology and services enable CISO, AppSec and Development leaders to prioritize their teams on what impacts their business.

Our offering secures every phase of development for every application from the very first line of code until production (Shift Everywhere) while simultaneously balancing the dynamic needs of security and development teams.

We are honored to serve more than 1,800 customers, including 60 percent of Fortune 100 organizations, and are committed to moving forward with an unwavering dedication to the safety and security of our customers and the applications that power our day-to-day lives.

Checkmarx. Make Shift Happen.


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Andrew Milroy, VP and Head of Research, Focus Network

Andrew Milroy leads the research and advisory business at Focus Network. His work involves empowering organisations to make decisions more effectively with data-driven insights — derived from Focus Network’s communities.

He is a well-known and respected thought leader and speaker in the APAC region. With more than two decades of leadership experience in the technology sector, Andrew has worked with clients in a variety of tech domains including cybersecurity, IoT, supply chain automation, eCommerce, fintech, cloud computing, AI, and customer experience — and EHS and HR management.

He was recently an adjunct lecturer at ESSEC Business School, Asia Pacific where he taught technology and cybersecurity strategy to Masters students.

Andrew has held regional leadership roles — predominantly based in Singapore — with Frost & Sullivan and Ovum (now Omdia). Prior to working in Singapore, Andrew gained invaluable technology knowledge and experience while working in Europe and the United States.

Andrew is frequently invited to speak, chair and moderate at major technology events. He has also been quoted on global broadcast media, including BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and Channel News Asia.

Andrew has a BSc from Newcastle University (UK), an MA from Middlesex University (UK) and an MBA from MGSM (Australia). He also a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.

Agenda at a glance

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking

4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address

4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry

4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo

5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion

5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks

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