Pre-conference workshop, Day 0, Tuesday, 2 May 2017

  • Information sharing in a networked world: 10.30 – 12.30


    With 90 percent of critical infrastructure in Australia privately owned — and even more rely on private security for protection — co-operation between private enterprise and government is vital to the security of the nation.

    While the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN), established 14 years ago through the Federal Attorney-General’s Department, has seen some success in the financial sector, mainly because it ran its own race and, indeed, funded a project officer to assist it, other sectors have not fared so well. Indeed, some argue the TISN is all but moribund.

    Does the TISN still have a role? If so, what is its relevance? And, how should it be managed and by whom?

    There are just some of the questions that will be address in a special workshop on May 2, 10.30am-12.30pm, in Canberra.

    Alastair Milroy, former head of the Australian Crime Commission, will chair the workshop as a pre-conference event for Safeguarding Australia 2017 National Security Summit on May 3 & 4 at QT Canberra.

    Participants will include:

    • Babak Akhgar, Professor of Informatics and Director of CENTRIC, Sheffield Hallam University
    • Peter Davies, Executive Director, Analysis & Response at Austability, and former head of UK Chiled Exploitation Online Protection Service (CEOPS)
    • David Lake, Head of the Phoenix Police Department’s Business and Economic Stability Team (BEST).
    • Alex Webling, Director at Resilience Outcomes

    The workshop will be closed to media/public and conducted on a background basis i.e. although the meeting will be confidential, comments may be used without being attributed in any way.

    Mr Milroy will use the discussions as the basis for a presentation at the Summit.

    It will also contribute to the discussion on day 2 of Safeguarding Australia on what business expects from security with:

    • Kate Carnell, The Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO);
    • Chris Jenkins, CEO, Thales Australia & New Zealand and National President of the Australian Industry Group; and
    • Bryan de Caires, CEO, Australian Security Industry Association Ltd (ASIAL)

    If appropriate, as a result of the discussions, the Research Network Secure Australia (RNSA) will prepare a submission to the relevant government minister/s.


    Setting security standards on a global scale: 13.30 – 16.30

    2nd May 2017
    Time: 13.30h-16.30h
    Venue: QT, Canberra.
    Format: Roundtable discussion
    Rules: Those present may use and/or report the information disclosed during the workshop, but the source of any information may not be explicitly or implicitly identified unless permission is given otherwise. The information and any outcomes will also be discussed in an open session during the Safeguarding Australia National Security Summit.


    To understand and contribute to the development of International Standards in the area of Risk Management, Resilience and Security. to create a security and resilient society.

    Issues discussed will include:

    • Current information on standards under development
    • Pathways for participation in standards development
    • Priorities for future standards work?


    International Standards for Risk Management, Security and Resilience are undergoing review and development.  Australia has been a major contributor to this work and this workshop will provide additional insight into the current work, outcomes of the ISO TC292 Security and Resilience ( ) international Plenary in South Korea in the week preceding and ideas ahead for the future development of risk management related standards.

    Organising Participants

    • Chair: Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales, Chair of ISO TC262 Risk Management ( ) and the Australian Security and Resilience Standards Committee
    • Alex Webling, Director at Resilience Outcomes, with a background as senior executive in the Australian Federal Government in national security
    • Matthew Curtis, Member of Australian Security and Resilience Standards Committee and Chair of the Protective Security Sub-Committee
    • Rod Cowan, Senior Research Fellow, Research Network for a Secure Australia and Director of

    Selected members of the Safeguarding Australia National Security Summit audience and relevant Standards members will also be participating.

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