September 2018 meeting wrap

The September 2018 meeting of the AISA Brisbane branch was very well attended by over 70 audience members. Tony Kitzelmann, CISO of the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), delivered an informative and passionate presentation describing the journey in creating a Cyber Security Operations Centre. Tony's description of the importance of a risk-based and consumer-focused philosophy appeared to resonate with the audience, generating a high degree of engagement and a large number of relevant and insightful questions. Tony was very open to questions and generous with offering to provide information and assistance to information security professionals wanting to benefit from the lessons learned by Tony and his team.

Thanks very much to David Manfield for doing a great job organising the meeting.

In subsequent discussions with other information security professionals after the meeting, it was refreshing to hear that even self-described cynical, 'old hands' in information security were willing to challenge their assumptions about the ADHA and reverse previous decisions to opt-out of the My Health Record system.
In AISA Brisbane branch volunteer news, Kristine Sihto published a collection of poetry; Life Wires. Nicole Murdoch launched her own legal firm; EAGLEGATE. These are both significant achievements.

One of Tony Kitzelmann’s messages was the importance of building a strong team. In order to ensure we provide a supportive, informative and innovative foundation for our members, the Brisbane AISA branch has increased the executive committee and decentralised roles and responsibilities in the following ways:
Damian Seaton will work with Daniel Cox to engage the C-Suite
Mike Holm will work with universities and students
Bek Chub will manage meetings
Nicole Murdoch and Charelle Collette will coordinate BrisSEC 2019
James Meikle, Simon Harvey and Aki Sihto will develop well being initiatives
Mark Carey-Smith will create branch news communication pieces
David Manfield continues to provide sterling support of the branch as second-in-command
Last but not least, Mandy Tuner continues to provide inspirational leadership, bringing the branch together and moving us forward in an innovative and inclusive fashion.

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