Dragon’s den - you be the judge
Wednesday 27 October 2021
2:00PM – 4:00PM
About the event
Australia is rapidly building an innovative, globally competitive cyber security sector. To showcase the companies leading the charge, ten of our most innovative companies will deliver a three-minute pitch, with expert judges offering feedback.
Each audience member will receive CR$100,000 (fake ‘Cyber roo dollars’) to invest into their favourite companies, with the winning pitch crowned ‘Australian Cyber Week 2021 Pitch Day Champion’.
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Liam Connolly is the CISO for SEEK, where he is responsible for all aspects of cyber security. He has over 20 years of progressive information security experience in a wide range of disciplines, including strategic program development, servitude leadership, incident response and forensic investigations, security operations, application security, threat intelligence, penetration testing, building multi-disciplinary teams, security training, and risk management.
Prior to coming to SEEK, Liam was the CISO at Zynga in San Francisco and has held additional security leadership roles that spanned multiple business sectors including HSBC, University of California, Berkeley, AT&T as well as teaching for the SANS Institute. Liam’s expertise is in working with organisations to assess their information security risk posture to better understand their security-related risks and then designing, implementing and managing a security program, often from the ground-up, that is aligned to the organisations culture, vision and strategic business initiatives.
Cyber Week student ambassador
Tamara Baker is a year 11 student who has a passion for technology. She strongly believes that to have a safe cyber security future we all have an ethical obligation to educate ourselves about how to protect our information and to educate people who are vulnerable in the cyber security space. In the future she aspires to work as an ethical hacker. She is an ambassador for both Code Like A Girl and Melbourne Knowledge Week. She also recently received a Special Recognition Award from the Australian Women in Security Network and CSO rewarding innovation and excellence in inspiring the next generation in information technology security.
Chief Executive Officer, CyRise
Scott Handsaker is the founding CEO of CyRise, a venture accelerator that invests in the best cyber security startups in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to this he cofounded his own venture backed startup, as well as cofounding Startup Victoria.
Chief Sales and Strategy Officer, Sekuro
Noel Allnutt specialises in leading teams to enable companies to create a secure and sustainable competitive advantage in the digital economy. Noel works alongside IT leaders to harness untapped potential and deliver long-lasting customer value.
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Michelle was AustCyber’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, joining the company in January 2017 and was appointed CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University and developed the blueprint for the ANU Cyber Institute.
Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Australia’s first Cyber Security Strategy, released in 2016. While at PM&C, she was also the architect of the world’s first national security strategy risk framework and managed the Government’s Coordinated National Security Budget across three federal Budgets.
Michelle is a director on the board of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Cybersecurity.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Business Law) from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an alumna of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
US Eco-System development Lead & Chief Operating Officer, AustCyber
Michelle Mosey is US Eco-System development Lead & Chief Operating Officer AustCyber - The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd. Michelle has years of experience working with Royal Australian Navy, Australian Department of Defence, The Australian National University to name a few before joining AustCyber. She is on a mission to assist Australian cyber security start-ups and businesses to bring that Aussie ingenuity and can-do attitude to the globe. She is passionate about our security and safety and the world we leave for our kids. She continues to work with veterans as she believes they bring a unique perspective and capability to keep our competitive edge in cyber space.
Managing Director, CISO Lens
James Turner is the founder of CISO Lens, which is the peak body for cyber security executives from the largest organisations across Australia and New Zealand. James works as an industry analyst at CISO Lens; facilitating roundtable discussions, conducting primary research, and producing reports that provide evidence-based decision support. James also authors the CISO Lens Benchmark; an annual report published by CISO Lens that provides independent, local, and current information for technology and security executives.