Alex has had 20 years of experience in cybersecurity having built a cybersecurity company in the UK from start-up to a $40-million plus turnover business, which he sold to a pan European company in 2016. Back in New Zealand, he took the helm of a global distributor’s NZ operations for a couple of years before signing on as part-owner and CEO of cybersecurity specialist distributor and sole NZ distributor of ESET, Chillisoft, in 2018. Within a span of a year, he has successfully added other Gartner-leading products to Chillisoft’s portfolio of cybersecurity solutions. Alex has adroitly provided cybersecurity advice to several multi-national companies, which includes HSBC, RBS Bank, London Metropolitan Police, BNZ, ANZ, Transpower, and Trustpower.
John was appointed to the independent statutory position of Privacy Commissioner in February 2014. He is currently serving his second five-year term. He provides independent comment on significant personal information policies and issues. Prior to his appointment, John practised law in Wellington for over 20 years specialising in information law while representing a wide range of public and private sector clients. He has acted in legal roles for the Ministry of Health, State Services Commission, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Inland Revenue Department. For 15 years, he held a warrant as a district inspector for mental health and has also been a district inspector for intellectual disability services.
Mark is a focussed cybersecurity professional with more than 30 years of business and management experience. His leadership skills, founded on his passion for people development and inclusive management style, allows him to create highly successful, multi-disciplined teams. He is also recognised for my ability to remove the noise, uncovering core problems and issues, as well as leading teams to sustainable successful resolutions. Mark has successfully transitioned from the financial industry to government and telecommunications, and currently manages the cybersecurity advisory practice at Datacom.
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.
Chris is Security Services Manager at the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), leading the team that delivers security maturity and capability uplift via project and programme guidance and technical expertise. 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.
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.
Kevin is Chief Risk Officer at Transaction Services Group, leading the design and implementation of policies, processes, and technologies that support a strategy of safe and secure customers, clients, and business growth. He believes that information confidence – which enables the safe sharing and networking of ideas – is a better way to use security and benefit everyone.
He is a self-confessed technology geek with love for family, travelling and craft beer, which he also brews at home.
Kevin also holds a law degree from Leeds Beckett University, which enables him to provide ambiguous answers to simple questions upon request.
Frano is one of New Zealand’s best rugby players ever. He has played top-level rugby for over 18 years. He is one of the few athletes who has worn Triple Black Jerseys, having played for the New Zealand Sevens, All Blacks (both rugby union) and Kiwis (rugby league). Frano has also played internationally and his profile includes two years in Italy, six years playing Rugby League for Wigan in the United Kingdom as wing and standoff, two years in Wales for Llanelli, three years in France for Biarritz and two years for Croatian International. He had a career spanning 16 years for North Harbour, as well.