AISA hopes revamped Cyber Conference will cement Australia’s role as regional centre of gravity

Credit: Aisa 2018 Website

Security-industry organisation the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) is looking to its new partnership with the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to parlay its role as Australia’s peak body into a stronger regional role.

The two organisations, which used to run separate and well-attended conferences in April and October, will this year merge their events into a single conference to run from 7 to 9 October in Melbourne.

With more than 3000 attendees expected at the unified event, AISA chairman Damien Manuel told CSO Australia, the Cyber Conference 2019 promises the size and industry strength “to get well on the way towards being a regional player”.

This would be a boon for Australia’s security industry, which had been “very fragmented” in the past but is finding its way thanks to strong industry support and the government’s guiding hand in the form of the ACSC, supportive industry policy, and the establishment of Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSCs) that have, among other benefits, nationalised the capabilities of CERT Australia.

The greater size of this year’s event will allow for a broader and bigger program of events – including the expansion of on-site participation in the Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CysCA) from eight university teams last year to 20 teams this year.