ECU Security Research Institute

Edith Cowan University
ECU-SRI Security Congress

Keynote Speakers

Mike Davies

Dr Mike Davies

Research Leader, Cyber Assurance and Operations
Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)

Nuggets, niches and networks: How does DSTO contribue to global cyber security R&D?

Cyber security research and development is a vast global field with national and international contributors across government, industry and academia. It is important that DSTO's R&D can be clearly differentiated from that of industry and academia and makes effective use of its unique position within government and the Department of Defence, aided by partnerships. The presentation will cover DSTO's R&D in cyber assurance and operations. It will focus particularly on the pursuit of autonomous cyber defence capabilities that will help tackle the growing critical vulnerabilities that accompany the emerging ubiquity of cyber physical systems.

Speaker biography

Dr Mike Davies is the Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO) Research Leader for Cyber Assurance and Operations (RLCAO). In this capacity he is responsible for DSTO's primary cyber security R&D and its support of the Defence department and broader national security. Mike's role includes being DSTO's lead for national cyber security research partnerships with academia and industry, representation on the PM&C national cyber security review, relationships with the US Department of Homeland Security in cyber security S&T, and the PREDICT approval coordinator.

Mike's current interests include realising technological solutions to ICT supply chain security, autonomous cyber security, defeating the cyber threat before it arrives through vulnerability discovery and mitigation, and how Australia might establish an accredited national conference in cyber security science and technology.

Ian McKenzie

Ian McKenzie

Outgoing Director, Defence Signals Directorate

The challenge of getting business up to speed on cyber - language, risk and practical action

Hyper connectivity and big data are increasing the potential for severe to catastrophic harm in our networks. The threat drumbeat has been effective - business leaders understand that they face potentially significant risk. The big challenge for business leaders and the security industry is to achieve consistent understanding of the risk and then what can be done about it. The big barrier to understanding is language. Without a clear common understanding, misplaced confidence can result in strategic surprise. The security industry needs to provide practical solutions that are good enough, and can be demonstrated to be good enough, and industry leaders should then seek independent assurance that security provision is fit for their business purpose.

Speaker biography

Ian McKenzie's Australian Public Service career spanned some 30 years in the Department of Defence, primarily in intelligence and security.

Since retiring from government service he provides advice to industry on risk and cyber security.

For the decade until end 2013, he was the head of two different intelligence agencies –  The Defence Imagery and Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (2003 to 2007), and then the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD)  (2007 to 2013).

Most of his career was spent in DSD, where he began as an analyst in 1984. DSD is the foreign signals intelligence agency and information security authority for the Australian government. As such it is both an intelligence agency and security agency, and performs a unique role for the Australian government.

During his tenure as Director of DSD, cyber security became a major issue for the Australian government, and DSD provided vital security advice and assistance to government agencies during the past seven years. DSD established and hosted the Commonwealth Cyber Security Operations Centre in 2010.

His other career highlights have included:

  • Posted to Washington D.C. (1990-1992)
  • Chief Executive Assistant to Secretary of Defence  (1995-1996)
  • Responsible for rationalization and market testing of all Defence corporate functions in Canberra (1997-1999).

Ian is from Adelaide and has a BA (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, majoring in History and Chinese.

In the early 1980's prior to joining Defence he worked as a schoolteacher in Melbourne and also studied in China for a year under a Commonwealth Government scholarship.

Ian was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours List for his significant contribution to enhancing Australia's defence and national intelligence capabilities.

He enjoys AFL football, films and good live music.

Maarten Van Horenbeeck

Martin Van Horenbeeck

Director of Security

A living history of Incident Response

Maarten's keynote address will take a look back at our mutual history of major incidents, starting with the Morris Worm, Stuxnet, the DigiNotar compromise, and the major Distributed Denial of Service attacks of 2014-2015, and explore how each of those thoroughly changed the way we approach security. Seeing so many breaches in the news on what appears to be a daily basis, protecting one company seems like a challenge. In this talk, we'll look at what it takes to protect "the internet", and how a league of defenders across the world is stepping up to give all it takes to win.

Speaker biography

Maarten Van Horenbeeck is Director of Security at Fastly, a Content Distribution Network that speeds up web properties around the world. He is also a Board member, and former Chairman, of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the largest association of security teams, counting 300 members in over 70 countries. Prior to his work at Fastly, Maarten managed the Threat Intelligence team at Amazon, and worked on the security teams at Google and Microsoft. Maarten has a master's degree in Information Security from Edith Cowan University, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations. When not working, he enjoys backpacking, sailing and collecting first edition travel literature.

Contact Details

Emma Burke
Congress Coordinator
(61 8) 6304 5176

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline
30 September 2015

Acceptance Notification
6 November 2015

Camera Ready Papers
16 November 2015

Early Bird Registration
15 November 2015


  • Australian Computer Society
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