Melbourne CISO Virtual Executive Summit

10 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 11 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT

10 November, 2021 | 9:00-13:30 AEDT 11 November, 2021 | 9:00-11:45 AEDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Melbourne CISO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Remaining tuned into emergent technologies to capitalise on innovations

Enterprise resilience and agility through proactive and reactive risk management

Refocus IT leadership to improve business outcomes and maximise value

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Justin Davies

Chief Information Officer

Melinda Duke

RMIT University

Tracey Evans


Barry Magsanay

Treasury Wine Estates
Global Head of Information Security & Americas IT Services

Matt Mueller

Iluka Resources Limited
Chief Information Officer

What to Expect

Connect with your CISO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they’re approaching and solving critical challenges impacting your role today.


Discuss current topics and critical priorities in an intimate and interactive format.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


10 November 2021

11 November 2021

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

The CIO & CISO Mission — Directly Aligning IT & Security to Business Objectives

John Ellis headshot

John Ellis



Kavitha Mariappan headshot

Kavitha Mariappan

EVP Customer Experience and Transformation


Keeping pace with business demands requires IT & security to embrace transformation. Poor user experience slowed M&A value, expanded security concerns, and IT misalignment with business goals prevent top enterprises from obtaining agility and resiliency. As last year demonstrated, legacy systems don’t react quickly or scale to accommodate rapid change. It’s imperative that CIOs & CISOs focus on removing the legacy infrastructure that slows IT transformation and impedes business growth and foster the culture necessary to achieve this.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Implementing a technology strategy that accelerates enterprise scaling and agility strategies with security at the core
  • Promoting alignment between IT, security, and the business to provide better value to customers 
  • Creating the organisational culture needed to accomplish a successful legacy infrastructure transformation

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

As Economies Roar out of Lockdown, Is IT Equipped for Business Transformation?

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Ben Allard

Vice President & General Manager, APAC


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Unal Altay



Melinda Duke headshot

Melinda Duke


RMIT University

Financial and operational agility are the keys to value capture in a world where business and technology are inseparable. New technologies and methods are creating new classes of “haves” and “have nots” among peers. The importance of juggling efficiency gains while informing strategies and intelligent adoption of cloud, agile and hybrid operations has never been greater. 

Join this boardroom for a timely discussion on:

  • A CIO’s view of strategic cost and consumption optimisation
  • How finance, the business, and IT team inform better strategic decisions and outcomes
  • What characterises “maturity” in organisations that successfully achieve this three-way capability

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

The Upsurge of Digital Initiatives but What About Creating Value for Your Customers?

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Rob Pickering

General Manager - Technology

Australian Football League

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Upinder Aggarwal

Group Head of Product, Technology

Kmart Australia

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Shashank Kaul

Chief Technology Officer

Webjet Australia

Customer expectations and behaviors are changing as business, technology, and society at large evolve. Despite the rapid adoption of digital initiatives, the speed and responsiveness to customer needs has been lagging. New channels and technologies open up opportunities that can help organisations differentiate. Rethinking how organisations can leverage innovation to create value for customers is critical, now more than ever.

Join this session to learn:

  • Simplifying IT transformation for a better customer experience
  • Accelerate application delivery to keep up with customer demands
  • Cut operational costs by leveraging technology

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Strategically Upskilling IT and Cyber Talent to Combat the Talent Shortage

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Justin Davies

Chief Information Officer


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Peter Wolski

Head of Cyber & Information Security


As the volume and velocity of digital disruption accelerate, traditional training can’t keep pace leaving employees behind and enterprises riddled with skills gaps. There is a crucial need for IT leaders to quickly adapt their strategies and approaches to identifying, acquiring, developing, and retaining talent in response to changing business circumstances.

Join this interactive session with your peers to share and learn how to:

·        Reduce IT and Cyber talent flight risks by understanding the top attrition drivers

·        Identify upskilling priorities that align with corporate goals

·        Create learning opportunities for your IT workforce

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Attack Surface Protection in the Era of Automation

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Mazino Onibere

Head Of Cyber Security, Risk And Compliance

Regis Aged Care

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Fadi AlJa'fari

Cyber Security and Risk Director

Deakin University

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Jim Wachhaus

Attack Surface Protection Evangelist


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Sam Curcuruto

Senior Director of Product Marketing


With the massive rise in threats across dynamic attack surfaces, CISOs are reinventing cybersecurity with intelligent automation. Leveraging machine learning, cloud scaling, and workflow automation to reduce detection times to milliseconds, and takedown times to minutes. And because people cant scale, automation plays a crucial role in strengthening the security posture of organisations that wish to be proactive in this era of digital convergence.

Join this session with security leaders to discuss:

  • How prevention, detection, and response can scale via workflow automation
  • How intelligent automation can empower security teams to focus on higher-value tasks
  • How automating attack surface management can be achieved with AI

12:00 - 13:30  AEDT Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

09:00 - 09:45  AEDT Keynote

Gaining Visibility to Strengthen Your Security Posture

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Stephanie Aceves

Senior Director Product Management


Chris Anderson headshot

Chris Anderson

Group Cyber Security Director

Pernod Ricard Winemakers

Nigel Hedges headshot

Nigel Hedges

Head of Information Security

CPA Australia

Barry Magsanay headshot

Barry Magsanay

Global Head of Information Security & Americas IT Services

Treasury Wine Estates

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Jamie Rossato

Information Security Director


CISOs are increasingly looking for ways to protect their organisation’s cyber resilience against new and changing threats. Having complete visibility across the entire digital ecosystem is critical to effectively communicate cyber risk while protecting vulnerable networks and critical assets.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Best practices to ensure visibility of your threat landscape 

  • Strategies to effectively communicate risk with relevant stakeholders

  • Securing data while making it more accessible to help make informed decisions 

09:45 - 10:00  AEDT Break

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Data Privacy Meets Business Strategy – It’s a Matter of Trust

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Stephen Fracalossi

Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer

Education Services Australia

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Trisha Lee

Head of Data Risk & Compliance

ANZ Bank

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Andy White

Head of Data


Getting privacy right isn’t just an exercise in compliance. Increasingly, consumers expect that organisations are protecting their data while providing more control over its use. Without robust data governance, security, and privacy triad, today’s digital enterprise will find customers losing trust and pivoting to rivals. Is your privacy program creating the necessary foundation of trust your company depends on?

During this session you will discover:

  • How Privacy plays into business strategy across industries in today’s economy
  • Different reporting structures, roles, and the C-suite responsibility in privacy
  • Specific challenges for data privacy and security across third-party vendors

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Strengthening Your Cyber Security Posture Through Effective Leadership

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William Fleming

Manager – Information Security, IMT Strategy | IMTD

Department of Education & Training Victoria

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Mike Todd

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Department of Health (Victoria) & Department of Families, Fairness & Housing (Victoria)

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John Ellis



As networks continue to evolve and digitize, organisations are confronted with the challenge of increased cyber risk. This has increased the burden on CISOs to manage expectations and keep up with the ever-changing attack tactics by cybercriminals. A strong security posture and true leadership demonstrate how well-equipped organisations are to identify, prevent and respond to cyber-attacks. 

Join this session learn:

  • Demonstrating true leadership in the wake of an attack 
  • C-suite role in fostering a culture of security awareness
  • Addressing risk beyond primary vendors

10:00 - 11:00  AEDT Executive Boardroom

Leadership Strategies for the Future of Business Applications

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Tracey Evans



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Jimmy Lee


Cedar Wood Properties

The demand for business resilience in a post-pandemic environment will translate to an imperative for responsive, agile applications and innovative software engineering. As enterprises transform to their digital futures, the experience of making, buying, and using applications will also transform. This track will help you to pave your unique road to the future of applications:

  • Emerging technologies that are driving the future of applications
  • Application modernization, rationalization and integration strategies
  • Lead strategic IT-business collaboration through technological, organizational, and cultural change when delivering future applications

11:15 - 12:00  AEDT Keynote

Digital Transformation – Big Projects or Digital Fitness Lifestyle?

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Steve Hodgkinson

Chief Information Officer / Director, Business Technology and Information Management

Department of Health (Victoria)

To capture the real value from cloud, organisations need to focus their investments and build a cloud-ready operating model. This session will discuss the experiences of the Victorian state government’s health and human services departments in leveraging public cloud services and agile methods to implement digital transformation.

Join this session to learn:

  • How to manage digital investment as a multi-year investment portfolio
  • Best practices to adopt agile cloud transformation
  • How to build and empower in-house teams
  • How to execute high cadence project delivery

10 November 2021

11 November 2021

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