Cowan will open the event sharing his views on how AI can be used as defence against AI, bots, and the human factor. He has more than 25 years in IT, helping businesses navigate a digital future across all aspects of IT including baking in security from the ground up. Part of his focus for 2019/2020 involves reducing the risk profile of KPMG NZ through the practical application of technology, notably AI, whilst concurrently driving KMPG’s robot-as-a-service / automation-as-a-service offering.
Juraj comes from software development background with reverse engineering expertise. Since he joined ESET in 2004, he gained international credibility as an industry thought leader, holds membership to several IT security research and operations groups, and speaks at high profile cybersecurity conferences across the world.
As CTO, he oversees ESET’s global R&D activities, setting the strategy for future technologies and products development.
Chris is a manager in Deloitte’s national cyber security team and specialises in Privileged Access Management, privacy and socio-technical security. He has worked in the field of information security for almost a decade, including a stint at an NZ MSP and at the National Cyber Security Centre. He developed the ORB cybercrime reporting system at NetSafe – between August 2010 and August 2016 New Zealanders reported almost 28,500 online incidents involving the loss of more than $35m to a wide variety of cyber-enabled threat actors. He is currently completing a study funded by InternetNZ, researching the human factors that impact on information security.
1990 saw Ian make his debut for the All Blacks, against Scotland at Carisbrook in Dunedin in which he scored a try. In 1996, also at Carisbrook and also playing against Scotland, he celebrated his 50th cap with another try.He was a casualty of criticism in earlier years, due to his perceived ‘lack of bulk’ to become one of New Zealand rugby’s greatest ever locks. He comes from the Whangarei suburb of Kamo, at the top of the North Island, and has always been known as the ‘Kamo Kid’.
Josh began his entrepreneurial pursuits by establishing what has become NZ’s leading ICT recruitment brand, Potentia, in 2004. A few years later he started Aspire Executive Search. Most recently he co-founded Ambit AI, where he is currently the CEO. Josh was the recipient of the AUT Excellence in Business Support Award in 2014, a Seek SARA legend in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the CIO Excellence in IT Winner in 2011. He was also a Deloitte/Unlimited Fast50 Winner in 2007 and 2008.
Philip leads KPMG New Zealand’s Cyber Security and Technology Risk practices. He has over 20 years’ practical experience in the provision of IT security advisory and assurance, IT risk management and IT internal audit throughout New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Philip’s detailed security knowledge is wide ranging, and he is a specialist in areas such as penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, PCI DSS compliance, data leakage, security frameworks, physical security, and computer forensics. Philip’s detailed IT security and controls knowledge is complemented by his auditing, internal audit and fraud background, which assists him in understanding the business issues related to IT, and the development of practical solutions to issues.
Simon is responsible for working with the IT security community on LogRhythm’s award-winning Security Intelligence Platform throughout ANZ, helping organizations detect and respond to breaches and the most sophisticated cyber threats faster and with greater accuracy. Prior to LogRhythm, he held senior management roles at Acronis and Symantec, where he led the business development strategy and evolved the channel and alliance relationships within the data security and data protection community.
Sam is the senior regional director for Australia and New Zealand at Forcepoint. Based in Sydney, he is responsible for the company’s ANZ growth strategy and operations including sales and channel development driving new business growth as well as customer retention.
He brings over 28 years of experience in senior management roles at various ICT organisations, leading sales, pre-sales, professional services, customer service, and marketing teams across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
A veteran in cybersecurity, he has held senior leadership roles at multiple security organisations in APAC including BeyondTrust, CyberArk, EasyLink Services, and Lumension Security.
In addition to his role at Forcepoint, Sam also currently serves as chairman, advisory board and non-executive director at Advance Coaching & Consulting, a leading management consultancy organization in ANZ.
He holds an MBA in International Marketing (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Sydney.
Since 2010, Carl has been responsible for the security business at Radware, a recognised information security business and technology leader. This leadership includes the development of each of the security product Go-to-Market (GTM) strategies, the overall growth and business line management, managing the executive relationships of key customers and has been the primary global corporate spokesperson. In his role as Vice President, Security Solutions, he has been responsible for many industry firsts and awards including the introduction of the first ever Hybrid DDoS & Hybrid WAF Offerings, forging OEM alliances with Cisco, Checkpoint, Nokia, ATOS, Tierpoint, and responsible for 67% of the world’s DDoS services running on Radware platforms. He also crafted technical leading positions in WAF, Workload Protection, Malware and Cloud Security Services in the marketplace.
With over 20 years of experience in the ICT arena, Arron is a self-motivated professional with extensive knowledge of ICT software and hardware systems. He also has a proven history of cybersecurity, infrastructure systems, administration, and design. He is focussed on enabling organisations to realise their business goals utilising his extensive experience in business and ICT architecture and delivering future proof business outcomes. Arron has enabled organisations to realise and exploit capability and have designed solutions for many large Blue Chip organisations in the financial, logistics, government, and telecommunications sectors.