CybersecCon 2020

28 February, Pullman Auckland

Keynotes, panel discussions, technical workshops, networking, and more

Cybersecurity has been taking centre stage around the world, with cyber-attacks becoming more prominent and their complexity more and more difficult to protect against. Thus, the imperative for cybersecurity experts to share their knowledge and experience with NZ businesses.

We will have simultaneous technical workshops, 9am-11:30am, with registration and lunch for the conference proper at 11:30am. 

More Information

12:30 Welcome Note by KPMG CIO Cowan Pettigrew
The State of Cybersecurity in NZ and the Pacific by Chillisoft CEO Alex Teh
13:00 NZ's Privacy Bill: The prognosis for March 2020 by Assistant Privacy Commissioner, Policy and Operations Jon Duffy
13:30 What lessons can we learn from GDPR and how it applies to the NZ privacy bill - ESET Chief Security Evangelist Tony Anscombe
14:00 Panel 1: Cyber Breach Detection moderated by NZTA Security Services Manager Chris Hails
FT: ESET, ExtraHop, LogRhythm, Tripwire, and TSG CISO Kevin Kanji
14:30 The importance of helping boards understand the business value of cybersecurity by HealthAlliance CISO Richard Harrison
15:00 BREAK
15:15 Risk and Compliance and how to run an effective cybersecurity team by Private and Public Sector Cybersecurity Advisor Mark Knowles
15:45 Panel 2: The human element in cybersecurity defense
FT: Cofense, Forcepoint, OneLogin. and KPMG CIO Cowan Pettigrew
16:15 KPMG's cyber research team findings by Partner, Cyber Security Philip Whitmore
16:45 Guest Speaker - All Blacks Legend Frano Botica
17:10 Closing Remarks
17:15 Networking and Cocktails
18:15 Prize Draw
18:30 END

Jon Duffy - Keynote

Mark Knowles - Keynote

Tony Anscombe - Keynote

Philip Whitmore - Keynote

Richard Harrison - Keynote

Cowan Pettigrew - Panelist

Chris Hails - Panelist

Simon Howe - Panelist

Glen Maloney - Panelist

Baksheesh Singh Ghuman - Panelist

Khizar Sultan- Panelist

Kevin Kanji - Panelist

Klasie Holtzhausen - Panelist

David Janson - Panelist

Frano Botica - Guest Speaker

Karthik Murthy - Workshop

Claude Chiorean - Workshop

Anirudh Chand - Workshop

ESET's Cybersecurity Portfolio: More than just endpoint

Forcepoint Data Protection with a Risk Adaptive Approach

LogRhythm - How to use orchestration and automation to run an effective SOC

Tripwire IP360 Vulnerability Management on IT and OT Networks

OneLogin Lunch and Learn

Safetica Hands-On Training

Pullman Auckland


Pullman Auckland is located at the corner of Princes Street and Waterloo Quadrant and is one of the largest inner-city conferencing and banqueting hotels in Auckland.

Technical workshops in the morning will be held at Gallery Room Three, Regatta Ballrooms B and C. Registration, lunch, networking, and exhibitions will be at Princess Ballroom C; while the main plenary will be held at combined Princess Ballrooms A and B.

Want to stay at the Pullman for CybersecCon? Enjoy 15% off accommodation rate (subject to availability) and discounted full buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Book your stay here.


Ocean Eagle 
We will cap the event with a sunset dinner cruise around the Auckland harbour onboard the Ocean Eagle charter, 7:00-10:00pm.

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Dinner Cruise

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CybersecCon 2020

28 February, Friday –  Pullman Auckland