Protecting Australia’s Sovereignty, Values and National Interests

The 8th Australian Security

Summit 2022 (AuSec)

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

Event Overview

Global tensions are escalating, and Australia’s security outlook is more complex than ever as threats continue to rise against our values and sovereignty. The challenges facing the nation are numerous, varied and actors are employing evolving techniques of approach to gain a tactical advantage.

The world is encountering a different approach to warfare, in the arena of cyber, and there is a hunger for intelligence and the power it wields. To defend and protect our national interests, people, systems, and infrastructure we need to think differently. A unified, robust approach is necessary to aid in the defence of our capabilities, safeguard our communities and keep our borders secure.

Coming back to you in-person for it’s 9th year, the Australian Security Summit 2023 has a new focus on terrorism and communities, cyber security and national security innovation, and brings together leaders to examine in-depth these areas that remain paramount to national security.

Benefits of Attending

Hear from sector leaders about the newest threats to national security and innovative methods of approach to help safeguard against them

Uncover the latest technologies and strategies to aid your organisation’s preparedness and improve agency performance

Network with sector leaders and peers for top tier discussions on best practice, the latest in policy changes and how to achieve future readiness in challenging conditions

Discover how your organisation can collaborate with other agencies to strengthen the nation’s defences against threats to data, infrastructure and democracy

2022 Event Speakers

Michael Shoebridge,
Director Defence, Strategy and National Security,

Jonathan Dean,
Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Defence

Vanessa Holben PSM,
Deputy Comptroller-General, Group Manager Customs,
Australian Border Force

Toby Amodio,
Chief Information Security Officer,
Department of Parliamentary Services

Key Sessions

AUSEC examines in-depth key areas that remain paramount to national security; sharing insights via keynote presentations, case studies, panel discussions, and roundtable chats. To provide additional perspective – concurrent streams will address more specific topics and challenges in the worlds of Terrorism and Communities, Cyber Security and National Security Innovation faced by public sector leaders today.

PlenaryTerrorism and CommunitiesCyber SecurityNational Security Innovation

Transparency: A Precursor for Trust

Gareth Meyer,
First Assistant Director-General, Economic and Thematic Assessment,
Office of National Intelligence

Cyber Espionage – A Real and Sophisticated Threat

Deanne Sowers,
First Assistant Director General Cyber Threat and Intelligence,
Australian Signals Directorate

Social Platforms: Data Mining for the Death of Democracy and Incubator for Extremism

Dr Melanie Broder,
Director – Cyber Policy Cyber Affairs & Critical Technology Branch | Security Division,
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Jorge Conde,
PhD Researcher | Cyber Security Cooperative Research Center,
Data61, CSIRO

Rebecca Shrimpton, Director – The Sydney Dialogue,
Australian Strategic Policy Institute

A United Approach – Security is a Shared Responsibility

Professor Elanor Hutington,
Executive Director – Digital, National Facilities and Collections,

Anthony Murfett,
Head of Division – Technology and National Security,
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)

Michael Shoebridge,
Director Defence, Strategy and National Security,

Protecting Our Vibrant Democracy

The New Age Terrorist: Who Are They and What Drives Them?

Scott Lee,
Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism and Special Investigations Command,
Australian Federal Police

Australia’s Border Vulnerabilities, Emerging Threats and Challenges

Vanessa Holben PSM,
Deputy Comptroller-General, Group Manager Customs,
Australian Border Force

Distant Attacks; Local Reverberations: The Effect of International Events on Radicalisation of Young Australians

Sandra Booth,
Australian Federal Police

Lachlan Colquhoun,
First Assistant Secretary, National Security Division and Departmental First Nations Champion,
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Nick O’Brien,
Associate Professor, Counter Terrorism,
Charles Sturt University

The Digital Explosion – Safeguarding Australians Online

The Emerging Era of Cyber Warfare – Bolstering Our Defence Capabilities

Jonathan Dean,
Chief information Security Officer,
Department of Defence

High Impact Cybercrime Investigations and Coordination: Insights into Commonwealth and National Initiatives

Justine Gough,
Assistant Commissioner,
Australian Federal Police

Are We Prepared for an Online Pandemic?

Toby Amodio,
Chief Information Security Officer,
Department of Parliamentary Services

Matthew Newman
ITSA and Deputy CISO
National Disability Insurance Agency

The Rise of AI – Redefining the Approach to National Security

Data Sovereignty: Australia’s Ability to Act Independently in the Digital World

Andrew Seedhouse
Chief of the Intelligence,
Surveillance and Space Division, Defence, Science and Technology Group,
Department of Defence

Protecting Systems of National Significance

Samuel Grunhard,
First Assistant Secretary/Deputy Group Manager,
Department of Home Affairs

The Race to Leverage ICT, AI and Cloud Resources to Bolster National Security Capabilities

Doug Boudry,
Australian Federal Police

Digital Transformation Agency

Professor Tanya Monro,
Chief Data Scientist – Defence Science and Technology Group,
Department of Defence

View the agenda for the full speaker lineup, sessions, and event timeline

Your Registration

Full Access to Exhibitions

Network with leading solutions providers

Unrivalled Content

Access to plenary sessions and your choice of specialist streams


Morning tea and lunch provided

Networking Drinks

Kick up your heels after a big day of insights

Keeping You Safe


Public Sector Network will closely monitor COVID-19 regulations in accordance with the advice from the Government and local health authorities to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event physically. In addition, we will be working closely with the venue to ensure precautionary measures are in place.

What Your Peers Had to Say

“A place to learn a lot of important developments impacting us now and shaping all of our futures even beyond security.”
Department of Defence

“I found this event extremely valuable – it was great to hear from the public sector on a range of relevant topics. I also met a number of people that I plan to get in touch with to discuss initiatives I’m working on”
SA Water
“Great chance to network and meet like minded people, with informative sessions raising different perspectives about security issues”
Australian Federal PoliceSCVESSrSS eirSe

“I enjoyed putting a face to a name in the broader security community”
Department of Industry, Science, and Resources

Our 2022 Event Partners


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