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2019 Spring Members Meeting - Session Synopsis - DAY 1 


Session Title: Fostering Collaboration Among Large Complex Communities
Presenter: Martin Talvari, Founder & CEO of Myriad
Synopsis: Fostering collaboration among large complex communities, such as student and staff networks, using machine learning, big data visualisation and by collecting, using and storing information safely and ethically.
Session Title: Taking a Standards-Based Approach to Smart Campuses in Higher Ed and Research
Presenter: James Sankar, Director, Applications & Services, AARNet
Synopsis: A Smart Cities Standards Reference Group has been established by Standards Australia, the group comprises of industry, consumer, community, academic & research and government representatives.  Prior to the formation of      this group Australia had no formal representation of influence internationally in this area.  This group now has that remit and is able to review, create and adopt international standards into Australian standards.
Session Title: Excellence in Governance
Presenter: Maggie McKelvey, Senior Account Manager Members and Clients, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
Synopsis: Maggie will outline the professional development programs we are currently running with our University clients and make recommendations for courses that could be of interest for CAUDIT members.
Session Title: Modern Data Management at Scale for Higher Education
Presenters: Brendon Rogers, Public Sector Lead, NSW, Net App ANZ and Craig Muller, Platforms Team Lead, University of Wollongong
Synopsis: Craig Muller from the University of Wollongong and Brendon Rogers from NetApp Australia will expand on our 10+ year partnership. Over the past five years, UOW have consolidated their storage platforms down from six bespoke solutions, all with their own unique problems and operational overhead, down to one enterprise data storage platform. UOW have developed an automated and policy driven solution, providing centralized management and consistent data protection standards. This effort has then freed the team up to take a serious look at research data storage and its management. The result being a new storage platform dedicated to handling the unique research data requirements, which provides a way for researchers to derive value from their data, not just a storage repository. NetApp & UoW have partnered to deliver a consolidated, centralized data management capabilities for shared services, academic and student data across its Sydney based campuses. This has resulted in a data driven approach led by Craig and his team that influences the day to day operations across the University from smart buildings through to a high-tech student experience. Over time the partnership has expanded to assist the University of Wollongong to enhance its Research Data Management and Multi Hybrid Cloud capability.
Session Title: CAUDIT/MS Data Lake Project Update
Presenter: Greg Sawyer, Strategic Initiatives Development Manager, CAUDIT and Ray Fleming Higher Education Lead Microsoft
Synopsis: The pilot has worked through the challenges of the provision of a data lake which stores shared (anonymised) and private data sets.  The lessons learned, outcomes and opportunities in looking to help transform the higher education sector in Australia by leveraging joint resources and extend partnerships will be shared in this update.


2019 Spring Members Meeting - Session Synopsis - DAY 2 


Session Title: Sponsors’ Breakfast – The Emergence of Life-Long Learning
Presenter: John Mackenney, Principal Digital Strategist (APAC), Adobe
Synopsis: There is a lot of debate at the moment about the future of work and whether new graduates as well as experienced workers have the skills necessary to carry them into the future. Who is on the bus, who is off the bus, who needs to retrain to stay on the bus and who do you need to hire onto the bus? Schools play a vital role in equipping our workforce for the future, but the bigger question is this: are they still equipped to do so? We are moving from a knowledge economy back to a skills economy. Technology has provided almost unlimited access to knowledge, but what people and businesses are demanding from educational institutions is improving our ability to wield that knowledge. This will take time and practice as skills need to be developed, not trained. The future of education will need to rapidly evolve, come and find out what is over the horizon for the future of education.
Session Title: Cybersecurity – Setting the Scene – How Ready Are You?
Presenter: Brad Davies, Founder and Managing Director, Vector Consulting
Synopsis: Vector Consulting undertook a study of Australian universities to assess their attitudes towards and preparedness for a changing cyber security landscape. The study was informed by more than half of all Australian universities with topics ranging from governance and reporting arrangements, who poses a threat, confidence levels in the cyber security threat, cyber security budgeting and specific concerns among executives. Brad will provide a quick update on major findings from the report which will be distributed separately to members.
Session Title: Cybersecurity Insights from BDO/AusCERT’s Annual Survey
Presenter: Mike Holm, Operations Manager, AusCERT
Synopsis: The BDO/AusCERT Annual Survey draws upon detailed feedback from over 500 respondents in the ANZ region, from all industry sectors. During this session we’ll provide snapshots on the global risk landscape, contrasted with the Australian threat landscape. The impacts from increased security investments and legislative changes will be discussed, providing attendees valuable insight into the cybersecurity sector. Finally, drawn from AusCERT’s experience as an operational CERT, a summary of current incident trends will be presented.
Session Title: Learnings From the Front Line with Higher Education
Presenter: Darryl Kefford, Chief Information Technology Officer, Notre Dame University; Tommy Viljoen Leading Partner, Cyber Strategy and Governance, Deloitte; James Nunn-Price Cyber Risk Services Practice Leader, Deloitte
Synopsis: Session 1 - Cyber Everywhere
Balancing the risk/investment conversation and getting executive assistance and support.  Stories abound daily on cyber-attacks, data breaches and emerging threats. If only budgets were as prolific. Tommy will explore the challenges and take you through some very practical examples of how to have the risk conversation in a way that is not alarmist, that allows non-technical participants to contribute meaningfully and creates an environment that fosters consensual buy-in. He will share a recent example at University of Notre Dame, and he will require your participation in a short exercise to demonstrate the process.
Synopsis: Session 2 - Why fixing Cyber Security alone does not solve the breaches
At the very heart of a healthy university environment is a culture of sharing and learning and the free exchange of information between students, lecturers, tutors, donors, co-sponsors and anyone else involved in an eco-system that is designed to encourage students to be educated and participate in meaningful study, research and collaboration. This results in information needing to extend beyond the boundaries of the University firewalls and mobile devices. If that information includes personal or sensitive information, the ingredients for a significant breach are present. Tommy will take you through how their team are working with clients to reconsider the information management lifecycle. Taking the best of thinking from the European experiences regarding Privacy, combining that with leading thinking on cyber and data management to talk through a practical and integrated information management model that allows for the free flow of information when it is appropriate and the appropriate controls and guardrails when they are required.
Synopsis: Session 3 - Cyber monitoring - value vs complexity
Today’s technology has the ability to monitor virtually any type of cyber attack or inappropriate activity and the level of sophistication that can be applied is only limited by resources and ingenuity. That’s lots and lots of resources involving people, time, technology and very large budgets. So how do you go about creating a more cost effective monitoring environment that doesn’t break the bank, is effective and doesn’t require an army of people to wade through false positives and tickets needing investigation? Evan will take you through some practical steps and examples, including in higher education, where his team have been helping clients that don’t have the budgets of the big banks or ASX top 100 companies.
Session Title: ACU – A Cyber Security Story
Presenters: Mark Brodsky, Associate Director for Strategy & Program Delivery, ACU
Synopsis: Back in 2017 ACU started its cyber security journey with a current state assessment and work towards a strategy and roadmap.  But things don’t always go according to plan.  Today I’ll take you through our journey, the plans, the incidents and other interruptions, and what we are doing as a result.  I’ll reflect on that tells us about the cybersec challenges for the sector and what we need to protect.
Session Title: AusCERT State of the Union
Presenter: Mike Holm, Operations Manager, AusCERT
Synopsis: Join us for rundown on AusCERT’s current projects in the cyber security arena, as well as information about notable attacks seen by our members. We’ll talk about the latest sandboxing techniques, and how AusCERT is innovating new ways to assist members with achieving their cyber security strategy targets. The current business-email-compromise attack types will be discussed, as well as specific attacks we’re seeing such as invoice fraud using fake domains.