Monday, 05 August 2019 12:35

IT governance, digital transformation among themes in focus at ISACA conference

IT governance, digital transformation among themes in focus at ISACA conference Image David Castillo Dominici,

Contemporary IT governance and management, digital transformation, disruptive technologies and big data are key themes that will be explored at ISACA’s upcoming Oceania Computer, Audit, Control and Security (CACS) Conference to be held in Auckland.

The conference, to take place in New Zealand from 11-13 September, will focus on the areas that ISACA says have brought the industry this far - the BA*SI*CS: Business Acumen, Strategic Intelligence, and Cyber Security - three key areas that “continuously refresh skills and knowledge to make an impact in the IT profession”.

ISACA says the conference will attract a wide variety of local and international technology professionals from around the globe, focusing on uniting “leading minds, generating unrivaled learning experiences, and creating passionate discussions that result in actual transformation”.

This includes industry experts from leading companies and government agencies, such as Tony Hayes, Deputy Director-General, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, Abbas Kudrati, Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Microsoft Asia’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, Phil Whitmore, Partner, Cyber Security at KPMG, Dawie Olivier, Chief Information Officer at Westpac New Zealand, Matthew Lord, Head Of Cybersecurity Practice Dimension Data, and Paul Salisbury at Blockchain Labs.

This year, after results from ISACA’s 2019 State of Cyber Part 2 found that only one in three organisations is highly confident in their ability to detect and respond to cyber threats, Doug Grindstaff, from the CMMI Institute is running a Masterclass on “Building Resilience Through a Risk-Based ‘Cybermaturity’ Approach”.

Following hundreds of interviews with CISOs/CSOs across the globe, the Masterclass will go through CMMI’s “holistic, risk-based approach for assessing organizational security capability maturity and efficiently building resilience, and provide a risk-based approach for prioritising investment for organisations with varying complexity and security demands”.

And a SheLeadsTech panel will highlight the initiatives being undertaken by leaders in New Zealand and Australia to increase the representation of women in leadership roles, led by Rachel Whitelaw, General Manager at ASB Bank.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Gregory J. Touhill, CISM, CISSP, Brigadier General (ret), president of Cyxtera Federal Group, Cyxtera Technologies, ISACA Board Director
  • David Samuelson, CEO of ISACA
  • Ian Taylor, founder of Animation Research Ltd (ARL)
  • Gareth O’Connor, Strategy Director at PHD
  • Doug Grindstaff, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Solutions, CMMI Institute


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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