Security at a turning point — don’t get left behind


Security professionals — public, private, law enforcement, intelligence, border force, corrections — have to cope with an increasingly complex national security agenda around the globe.

To move beyond knee-jerk reactions and provide authentic security solutions, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will help the security community not only face current challenges but also shape tomorrow’s security agenda.

The Safeguarding Australia National Security Summit 2017 program — taking as its theme Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity — includes a dynamic mix of presentations, panels, interviews and discussions addressing vital issues facing security professionals.

In addition to world class speakers, presenters and contributors the audience will also play a role.

All too often conferences are about sitting facing the front and paying attention while checking mobile phones.

Safeguarding Australia will be challenging the audience to have their say, contribute to the debates and engage in dialogue.

At the end of the day this is about the security community coming together, identifying issues, facing challenges and coming up with solutions for authentic security.

The event will begin with two pre-summit workshops on May 2:

Workshop 1: Information sharing in a networked world

Chaired by: Alastair Milroy, independent consultant and former head of the Australian Crime Commission.

Workshop 2: Setting security standards on a global scale

Chaired by: Jason Brown, Thales

The Safeguarding Australia National Security Summit 2017 begins on May 3, with a dinner the same day, and concludes on May 4.

Included in this year’s program:


The Hon. Dan Tehan, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security (Invited)


Cyber security: The European experience

Babak Akhgar HSBabak Akghar, Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University, is one of the most dynamic characters in the space and has worked on major international cyber, organised crime and counter terrorism projects.


Australia’s national security outlook at home and abroad

Nick Kaldas

Nick Kaldas, Special Investigator for United Nations and one of Australia’s most highly regarded law enforcement officers and counter terrorism experts.


The future of information sharing 

Alastair Milroy, independent consultant and former head of the Australian Crime Commission, discusses the previous day’s workshop and comments on current state of information sharing.


Leadership skills for turbulent times

Mark Crosweller AFSM, Director General, Emergency Management Australia, recommended as someone you always learn something new from.


Disrupting organised crime and terrorism funding and protecting your brand by countering illicit trade

Sgt-David-LakeDavid Lake, lead of the Business Economic Stability Team (BEST), Arizona Police Department, whose presentation captivated an international audience of 500 law enforcement officers and changed thinking about fighting crime.


Getting security culture right: Does it need a woman’s touch?

  • Bianca Wirth, Cyber Security Education & Awareness, IAG
  • Darlene Winston, Board Member, iLead Talent Exchange
  • Zoe Cowan, Outreach Manager, Australian Security Medals’ Foundation Inc.
  • Heidi Winter, advocate for women and girls to consider cyber security as a career.

Approaches to security 1: Government organisations

Dai Hockaday, Business Resilience Manager, Sydney Water, who has a genuine passion for and commitment to resilience (find out about him at


Approaches to security 2: Corporate security

Paul Goodsir, Head of Group Security, Westpac, offers practical insights into protecting your organisation.


Insider threat: Is a sexual predator putting your ogranisation at risk?


Peter Davies, Executive Director, Analysis & Response, Austability and former head of UK Child Exploitation & Online Protection Service (CEOPS), tackles a difficult and potentially explosive issue for security to contend with.


Maximising Digital Opportunities: ADF Case Study

Professor Greg Austin, Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the University of New South Wales (Canberra) talks about the promise, possibilities and practicalities of digital tools.


Our Achilles Heel: Why cyber security needs to be part of the physical security conversation

Craig Sheridan, Managing Director, Sheridan Consulting Group, internationally recognised and experienced security and mass gathering expert examines the merging of cyber and physical security in the context of places of mass gathering.


Making heroes online: Can it be only the bad guys who can win hearts and minds?

Dr Haroro J. Ingram , Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, and lecturer at the National Security College (Australian National University), offers insights into how the bad guys are using digital communications to create followers and asks why the good guys can’t do the same.


Countering Violent Extremism(s)

  • Sgt Geoff Steer, Team Leader, NSW Police Bias Crime Unit
  • Lydia Shelly, solicitor
  • Mohammed Mustafa, Security and Youth Liaison Officer Access Group Solutions
  • Natalie O’Brien, award winning journalist

What security means to business


Rod Cowan talks with Kate Carnell (pictured), The Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales Australia & New Zealand and National President of the Australian Industry Group, and Bryan de Caires, CEO, Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL).


Why security needs inter-generational dialogue: A word from the millenials

Codee Ludbey, Consultant, Arup; Daniel Versaci, ACT Security Consultant, Jacobs; Mercedes Page, Open Source Intelligence Analyst, Thales, talk about their future and tomorrow’s security.


What is at stake anyway? A practical approach to find ways and means to assess risk

Dr Paul Barnes, Head of Risk and Resilience Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, examines what risk, resilience, and organisational vulnerability mean and how the national-level risk assessment affects you.


Security in a world without borders

  • Peter White, General Manager, Transport Security Operations, Office of Transport Security
  • Dr John Coyne, Head of Border Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Professor Nara Srinivasan, Director, Emirates/ECU Centre of Aviation and Security Studies (CASS)

Is the future disruptive or destructive, and what should happen next?

Rod Cowan, Senior Research Fellow, Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), writer and commentator.

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