Australian Cyber Week 2019 launched to showcase vibrant, growing sector

Australian Cyber Week 2019 has been launched in Melbourne with a week-long series of events and activities nationally coordinated by AustCyber – the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

Held from 7-11 October, Australia’s Cyber Week provides opportunities for Australian cybersecurity and related organisations to showcase their capabilities and network with peers, potential investors and customers. It also provides a great way for cyber curious individuals and organisations to better understand what cybersecurity can do and mean for them.

The flagship event of the annual showcase is the Australian Cyber Conference, also known as CyberCon, held in Melbourne, convened by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre from 7-9 October Industry experts will provide their insights and best practices through a series of keynotes, plenary sessions and networking events.

“The Australian Cyber Conference is the event that makes the biggest impact nationally in advancing our industry’s skills and professionalism,” said Damien Manuel, Chair of AISA. “Our mission is to make Australians more cyber safe and secure.”

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, said, “In addition to the Australian Cyber Conference, AustCyber and its partners are hosting a number of events and activities during Cyber Week that span the full breadth of the cybersecurity landscape – for those within the sector, but also well beyond.”

Liz Gillies, CEO of The Menzies Foundation, also stated, “It is vital that Australia takes a leading role in building legal expertise to grapple with increasingly complex cyber threats, and The Menzies Foundation was delighted to partner with AustCyber as we focus on cyber resilience in the ASEAN and pacific regions.”

“Australian Cyber Week brings academics and professionals from varied disciplines together – spanning engineering and digital forensics right through to the law and policy” said the CEO of the Cyber Security Research Centre, Rachael Falk. “It is also a great opportunity to bring the community into the conversation about the opportunities and challenges of living in a connected, always-on world.”

Delivered in a partnership between the NSW Government, AustCyber and RSAC Conference, RSAC Unplugged will be held in Australia for the first time on 10 October at the Sydney Joint Cyber Security Centre. This one-day program will focus on cybersecurity for critical services and feature content that spans regional and global concerns.

“Cybersecurity threats can often seem overwhelming because attacks are becoming more complex, aggressive and damaging,” said Linda Gray Martin, Senior Director & General Manager of RSA Conferences. “It’s critical for the community to come together to collaborate on new and emerging cyber vulnerabilities and explore innovative approaches to mitigate these threats.”

This event will also feature a RSAC Launch Pad, where three Australian early-stage start-ups – Hypersec, HackHunter and Laava – share their brilliant industry solutions in a time-limited pitch competition to try to convince a panel of judges that their product has strong potential for success.

The National Missing Persons Hackathon 2019, to be held on 11 October, will see the gathering of ethical hackers and investigators using online investigative techniques within the bounds of the law to find new leads on real missing persons cases in Australia.

This year, Australian Cyber Week also aligns with Stay Smart Online Week, being held from 7-13 October, which encourages Australians to take control of their online identity by reviewing privacy settings, knowing how to spot phishing scams, creating strong and unique passwords and turning on two-factor authentication.

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