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POSTED ON 02-June-23

As part of the Uncharted Territory arts and innovation festival, Protecting our Future: Securing the Digital Domain Cyber Career Symposium is a must-attend event for anyone considering a career in cyber security or wanting to learn more about the industry.


Brought to you by the Canberra Cyber Hub and UNSW Canberra, the event features a selection of engaging and thought-provoking panel discussions on technology and combatting cyber crime, upskilling opportunities and advice on how you can begin or transition into a career in cyber security.


You'll also have ample networking opportunities with talented industry professionals and the chance to expand your knowledge and connect with others who share your passion for cyber security. The event also features a Cyber Careers Showcase, where education and training providers and cyber organisations will be available to offer guidance and provide different career options in the field.


Protecting our Future: Securing the Digital Domain is all about uncovering the unknown and exploring cyber’s uncharted territory.

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The event features the following components:

Cyber Career Showcase:

This is a must-attend event for anyone considering a career in cyber security. You will have the chance to meet with leading Canberra cyber employers and businesses to learn more about the industry and discuss career options. You will also be able to meet with cyber training and education providers to uncover the best training and education course to upskill for a career in cyber security.


This event is not ticketed. Attendees are welcome to walk-in from 10:30am with doors closing at 4pm.


Cyber Career Symposium featuring the following panel sessions:


Early Career Cyber Stories

This session is aimed at people considering a career transition to cyber, graduates from tertiary cyber and information technology courses and school leavers. Hear from early career professionals about how they launched their career in cyber, what it's like working in the industry and how you can make the change yourself. Panel members:


- Eloise Robertson, Security Engineer, Australian Women in Security Network

- Caitlin Sauza, Program Lead - Training Delivery, Cybermerc

- Laura O'Neill, Director, MF & Associates

- Travis Franklin, Technical Solutions Manager, ArchTIS

- Rory Wade, Modern Methodologies


This session is facilitated by Karen Schilling, Director, Canberra Cyber Hub.

Women at the Helm 

Industry leaders will discuss the critical role women play in the cyber landscape and how diversity enhances the sector. Panel members:


Davina Mansfield, Chief Operations Officer, Viden

- Annabel Reid, Head of Solutions, FifthDomain

- Rita Erfurt, Assistant Director General, Global Powers and Cyber Crime, ACSC

- Matt Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO, Penten

- Mat Franklin, Managing Director, MF & Associates

- Andrew Muller, Managing Director, Ionize


This session is facilitated by Karen Schilling, Director, Canberra Cyber Hub.


Exploring Cyber's Uncharted Territory to Develop Australia’s Future Capability

Leading cyber researchers will uncover Australia's leading edge cyber research being conducted to secure our future. Panel members:


- Mike Brennan, Director Institute for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra

- Abu Barkat Ullah, Associate Professor in Cyber Security, University of Canberra

- Jake Blight, Associate Professor of National Security Law, Australian National University


This session will be facilitated by Neil Hart, Director, Canberra Cyber Hub.


Secure Futures: Empowering Australia's Cyber Workforce

Ditch the tired stereotypes! Join us as we bust the myths and redefine the face of cyber security.


Introducing a powerhouse panel discussion featuring Marcus Thompson, Mel Hupfeld, Kylie Watson, and Rachael Falk, ready to unravel the misconceptions and break down the barriers in the industry. It's time to challenge the notion of the hoodie-wearing hacker and revolutionise the cyber security sector.


Get ready for an in-depth conversation as these experts share their real-life experiences and shed light on the diverse roles within cyber security. No topic is off-limits as we delve into uncharted territory, exposing the truth and revealing the possibilities that lie ahead.


Moderated by Kate Lundy, this dynamic panel session is your chance to engage with the experts firsthand. Have burning questions? They'll provide the answers, demystifying the cyber security world and inspiring the next generation of cyber warriors.


Don't miss out on this groundbreaking event to shape Australia's future cyber workforce. Let's redefine the narrative and create a stronger, more inclusive industry. 

Panel members:


- Major General (ret'd) Dr Marcus Thompson, Director, Cyber Compass

- Kylie Watson, Partner, Cyber Security and Digital Trust, PWC

- Air Marshal (ret'd) Mel Hupfeld AO, Member, National Resilience Taskforce

- Rachael Falk, Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Security CRC and Member, National Resilience Taskforce


This session will be facilitated by Kate Lundy, ACT Defence Industry Advisor.

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