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Roundtables (Royal Theatre), Wednesday 11 May 2022

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Roundtable 01: Why MFA makes good business sense before the breach happens.

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Cyber threats are relentless and credential theft is on the increase. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is one of the most effective controls government agencies can implement to limit the extent of phishing, MiTM attacks, malware, etc. Taking action now by implementing strong MFA not only protects your agency, but makes good business sense.Join this roundtable to discuss:
  • How agencies are addressing authentication challenges
  • The justification for implementing MFA
  • Integrating modern authentication with legacy systems
  • How to begin the journey for strong passwordless authentication
Michael Hopwood
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Roundtable 02: How to engage stakeholders effectively

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Understanding the appropriate amount of data capture on stakeholders
  • Creating a Stakeholder Management Plan
  • Personalising interactions with Stakeholders
Robinson Roe
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Roundtable 03: Balancing Data Analytics, Governance and building Trust

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Many think Data is the new Oil
  • But can we build Trust while leveraging Data
  • How do we keep Data safe and used responsibly
Tony Fitzgibbon
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Roundtable 04: The importance of implementing a proactive KYC/AML solution, and future trends

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • The impact of digitisation and the increase of fraud
  • Preventing fraud with a multi-layered verification solution
  • Adapting to the complex and new regulatory environment
Frank Hutchings
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Roundtable 05: Driving Transformation Through Everything-as-a-Service

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Be it private cloud, hybrid cloud or multicloud, the needs of rapidly changing business have led many organisations to adopt smarter, pay-as-you-go solutions that transform the way we consume IT.During this session we’ll talk about as-a-service consumption models that provide a cloud-like experience combined with on-prem security and control, allowing users to focus more on the bigger picture.We’ll also look ways to harness the value of data at the edge with Lenovo Edge Computing solutions to drive smarter digital transformation for your organisation.
Ravi Jayaprakash
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Roundtable 06: Identity as a Core Control For Security

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. How do we make Identity our core control and use it as our new perimeter? What are the common traits of successful IAM implementations that provide both security and business enablement?As companies digitally transform and push all of their applications and data out to both employees and customers, stronger validation of WHO is accessing those apps and data becomes our core security control point. Verifying not just the identity of the user but also of the device is becoming common. Attackers continue to be adept at getting credentials and making their way onto our systems. Once access is achieved our adversaries can move laterally to get to the most valuable data and assets. At this roundtable, we will dive into the latest and greatest methods of using identity and access controls to manage risks more effectively.
Andrew Kay
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Roundtable 07: Simplifying Segmentation for Achievable Results

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Understand the importance and how to achieve real-time visibility
  • Why a network based approach to segmentation is holding you back
  • How Australian Governments are employing zero trust segmentation today to support digitalisation efforts
Richard Favero
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Roundtable 08: Designing meaningful citizen engagement experiences using a trust-based, mobile-first approach

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Most government leaders are aware of communication technology for citizen engagement. However, to build truly effective citizen communications, leaders must take a CX approach. Agency efforts to ‘go digital’ must be driven not only by technology, but also by an acute understanding of the processes, needs, and desires of citizens and public servants.Join our interactive discussion to learn:
  1. Why deploying technology with a CX framework makes it easier for citizens to engage across government.
  2. The benefits to taxpayers and of employing a CX framework to citizen communications
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Roundtable 09: The Financial transformation journey to reduce fraud, meet 5-day payment obligations and deliver public value

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Learn how e-invoicing & AP automation reduces fraud and increases audit compliance.
  • The importance of process automation working together with e-invoicing to meet 5-day payment obligations.
  • Tips & techniques to a successful Finance transformation to increase public value.
Mohammed Khan
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Roundtable 10: The Experience of End-Point Security and Analytics

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. The majority of cyber breaches stem from human error, making training and awareness of employees and customers a critical part of any cybersecurity strategy.
  • Learn more about simplifying and engaging people on cyber risks and influence behavioural changes that promote security
  • Maximising the use ofZero trust methodology enabling users to work from anywhere, anytime
  • And understanding protection before detection
Leon Czechowicz
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Roundtable 11: A secure, governed solution for open data - the Snowflake Data Cloud

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Revamp legacy systems and services - enable your most critical data workloads with a single, performant, and secure platform that requires near-zero maintenance. Pay based on usage vs. provisioned resources.
  • Capitalise on existing and new technologies and skills - utilise your existing SQL skill sets or easily extend Snowflake to other languages and tools.
  • Collaborate with data seamlessly and securely - easily collaborate across, between and beyond agencies with the Snowflake Data Cloud to provide the highest levels of data access, security and governance.
Dustin Laidsaar
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Roundtable 12: Delivering a Citizen First Experience supported by technology

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Recent events have shown us that a better connected public sector is vital in effectively servicing the nation. To achieve this, we need to aim for a citizen first experience supported by technology to drive national outcomes.Why?Citizen-centric experience is not just a thought, it’s a right. Citizens want personalised answers to their queries and concerns, to be treated as equals, and gain access to services at any time, but on their time. And they don’t want to negotiate several different departments to get a resolution.Managing tough economic conditions means creating a centralised experience for the public service – one that empowers workers to deliver informed and coordinated responses with citizens at the centre.Join this discussion group, hosted by Avaya’s Dustin Laidsaar, to learn how technology is poised to transform Australia’s public sector to create a connected and collaborative workforce ready to service today’s ‘everything citizen’ at all levels of government.In addition, we will detail real-world use cases where government agencies have successfully removed operational siloes to foster inter-departmental collaboration while maintaining their wide-ranging regulatory and data protection obligations.
Darren Morris
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Roundtable 13: Protect your exec: controlling the human element of cybersecurity

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. The concept of social engineering has evolved and developed dramatically over recent years as the boundaries of work and personal become more and more intertwined. Government executives are increasingly targeted by scammers and security is now more than ever a top business priority.Join ASI for this roundtable discussion where we will discuss:
  • The types of social engineering and common tactics used to target government executives
  • Give examples of some of the biggest social engineering attacks and forecast future threat predictions and help you stay safe today
  • Key principles to keep in mind when implementing human factor security policies
  • How you can avoid social engineering scams
Adam Gabriel
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Roundtable 14: Defend And Rapidly Recover From Ransomware Attacks

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Although no organization is immune from cybercriminals’ attempts to take control of its data, agencies can do more to mitigate the threat. Join this roundtable session and learn how fed, state and local governments can quickly respond and recover from a ransomware attack by:
  • Being prepared for cyberattacks by adopting more than just perimeter defence
  • Understanding why backups are a critical part of agencies’ overall security posture
  • Recovering quickly to minimize lost data and business impact
Sripathi Chakkravarthi
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Roundtable 15: De-risking technology transformation with user adoption

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. As per Gartner in late 2021, most digital government programs in the region are struggling to translate into results at scale. User Adoption of technology continues to be a roadblock that has scuppered many attempts to scale IT beyond proof of concept or department-level projects.This roundtable will look to discuss the following:
  • How could we reduce the risk of poor user adoption in technology transformation, leading to improved process stickiness and an uptake in self-service?
  • How could digital platforms be more inclusive, addressing the aspects of staff turnover , digital literacy, and empowering users of varied intellectual and linguistic capabilities?
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Roundtable 16: Expect what you Inspect

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Understanding the value of Test and Measurement and Network Visibility in any security strategy.
  • Effective threat management choices based on adequate information.
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of threat intelligence, Improving the Signal to Noise Ratio of IOC’s.
Deepak Naik
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Roundtable 17: Managing Essential 8

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Managing high velocity changes in assets in dispersed environments.
  • Levering integrated risk management platforms.
  • Reducing blind-spots in APIs ( WAS and API).
Suvo Rakkhit
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Roundtable 18: Troubleshooting Service Performance issues

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • How does end-to-end visibility across physical and virtualised, on premise, or public cloud-based environments help Ops teams to resolve modern-day service performance issues.
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Roundtable 19: Security, Privacy, Data & Governance - The foundations of a modern data infrastructure

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • The foundations of a secure, flexible and agile data infrastructure
  • Operationalising a data infrastructure for the digital government
  • Sustaining, scaling and evolving a modern data infrastructure
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Roundtable 20: Make data protection and secure backups your last line of defense against Ransomware

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Ransomware is something every company’s board will discuss, whether it’s before an attack happens or after. Veeam’s® local experts – Nathan Steiner & John McCloskey – will share their perspectives on what should be discussed in every boardroom before a ransomware attack interrupts your business. This includes:
  • Financial, legal and reputational risk mitigation
  • Why cyber insurance will soon cost you more and offer less protection
  • New backup and data storage security protocols that you can implement now
Millie Simon
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Roundtable 21: Addressing the Tech Skills Gap in the Australian Public Sector

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. The skills shortage is expected to worsen over the next decade and requires careful consideration to manage successfully.The Australian government has set the goal to become a fully digital economy by 2030, however state and local agencies feel under-equipped and under-skilled to be able to achieve this goal. Build confidence in your team to take on this challenge by establishing a digitally resilient platform for future government services.
  • How can the public sector turn the ‘Great Resignation’ into Great Realignment?
  • What strategies will be effective against the current talent shortage in technology?
  • How can Government agencies combat the ‘War for Talent’ and attract candidates for hard-to-staff technology roles?
Participate in a conversation with Amarilla Simon, Sr. director at Pluralsight, to identify the biggest challenges to successful skill modernisation and workforce planning, how to build a ‘Culture of Learning’ and what are the right tools required for success.
David Rhodes
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Roundtable 22: Shift Left: Accelerate Digital Transformation Securely with DevSecOps

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Best practices to secure your software supply chain eg. SolarWinds, Log4J and Spring4Shell.
  • Empower staff to make security informed decisions and remove organisational silos.
  • Efficiently develop stakeholder centric applications without compromising your security posture.
Brett Gilbertson
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Roundtable 23: How healthy is your relationship with technology?

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. We were promised a four day work week, but it feels like we’re working longer and harder than ever! Technology was supposed to improve our productivity, but in many ways it has failed to deliver. Instead, we’re feeling more stressed, exhausted and dissatisfied than ever before - and technology is contributing to the problem!How can we turn technology back onto the problem of burnout? There are several practical measures that we can take, and they all share one thing in common.
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Roundtable 24: Becoming a Zero Trust Federal Government Agency - A Practical Framework

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.Zero Trust as a concept hasn't changed - trust nothing and always verify. However, implementing a Zero Trust strategy for Government has, where it now must span your entire infrastructure - across every user, device, application and transaction. In this round table session with our Zero Trust experts, we will help you to cut through all the noise by sharing a Zero Trust for Government Framework for your entire infrastructure that we can openly discuss.
  • The Palo Alto Networks Zero Trust Government Framework
  • How it can span your entire infrastructure - across every user, device, application and transaction
  • How it can help you achieve the governance, risk and operational benefits you see
Ash Kammerhofer
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Roundtable 25: Beyond ticking boxes - How to create compliance eLearning that creates meaningful change

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00.
  • Is increased personalisation effective in achieving learning outcomes?
  • Can we move beyond "mitigating risk"?
  • How should we measure successful compliance training?
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Roundtable 26: Why Technology isn't the Answer with Manning Bartlett (Solutions Director)

This roundtable will run at 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00. Technology is obviously important, no-one disputes that. But all too often technology decisions - especially with the pace of Digital transformation - get bogged down in extraneous details, and the critical aspects of how the technology will serve the objectives of the enterprise can get lost. In this presentation we will take you through Ascention's proven methodology of assessing the strategic, governance and cultural aspects around a data management initiative, in order to make sure the technology serves you, and not the other way around.
last published: 10/May/22 12:45

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Breakout peer-to-peer roundtable discussions offer delegates the opportunity to hear what other government departments and agencies are up to and learn from their public sector counterparts. Roll up your sleeves and get involved! Prepare to debate and challenge today’s tech trends!


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Andrew Rogi
Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works
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Robert Dunn
Director - IT Configuration
Australian Taxation Office
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MXA Consulting



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