CQR’s General Manager and Chief Technology Officer, Phil Kernick was one of the keynote speakers and presented on the Anthropology of Information Security. (A copy of his presentation can be found on the ISACA Adelaide Chapter website). In typical Phil Kernick fashion he provided the conference delegates with some interesting parallels between the rise of civilisation and the evolution of information security. The presentation was thought provoking and this left the audience with a different interpretation of the field in which we work. At it’s core Information Security is not new, it’s just the technology that surrounds it has evolved.
Other CQR team members who presented included Evan Pearce who discoursed on mobile device security and David Simpson who facilitated a full day workshop on “Navigating your way effectively through the Information Security jungle.”
Non CQR presentations of note included those by Robert Stroud and Stuart Mort as well as Chris Brookes from the Australian Signals Directorate. The presentation by Duncan Chessell, a three times conqueror of Mount Everest, was also very well received.
A highlight of the conference was the CIO/CSO forum moderated by Robert Stroud (CA Technologies) which included Phil Kernick, Andrew Mills (SA Government Office of the Chief Information Officer) and Stuart Mort (Oracle Global Information Security). Having some of the best Information Security professionals in the country on the same table to answer questions and discuss a number of interesting, challenging and topical Information Security subjects was a unique opportunity. Many of the topics and themes were later debated at tables during the conference dinner that evening.
Oceania CACS was attended by over 100 delegates from all over Australia and many from abroad. It provided an excellent networking opportunity for all delegates to speak with likeminded security and audit professionals. The event was also a significant milestone in the CQR calendar. With over 15 of it’s staff in attendance, CQR enjoyed many diverse conversations with delegates and industry peers alike. One lucky attendee also won an iPad mini donated by CQR in our business card draw.
Yvonne Sears (ISACA member and CQR employee) took a formal photography role providing us with photos of the sessions that took place over the 3 day event, a selection of them will be added following this blog update.
Sarah Taylor & Gary Kite Senior Security Specialist