AISA NSW Branch Event | 30 November 2023

AISA Branch Meeting
Hosted by the AISA NSW Branch, please join us for a face-to-face meeting and networking opportunity with a interactive panel discussion on Bridging the gap: A view from cyber security newcomers with panellists Flynn O'Keeffe, Cyber Analyst at InConsult, Max Tisdell, Cyber Security Graduate at TAL and Yolanda Wang, Cyber Security Graduate at EY.


Panel Presentation: Bridging the gap: A view from cyber security newcomers

In a thriving industry that is encased by inspiring war stories of highly talented and experienced security professionals, its not often that we hear from those who are embarking on their career journey. This panel discussion spotlights the experiences and journeys of recent cybersecurity graduates, providing a unique perspective on their educational backgrounds, work experiences, challenges, and successes as they enter the cybersecurity industry. This discussion caters to professionals interested in understanding the insights of newcomers, as well as students exploring cybersecurity careers. It provides an opportunity to help bridge the gap between academia and the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape.

After the panel session, light refreshments will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panellists and network. 


Flynn O'Keeffe. Flynn is a Cyber Analyst at InConsult. I finished my Bachelor of Cyber Security at Macquarie University in June of 2022 and got to meet lifelong friends and valuable industry connections. I had the opportunity to begin working in the industry while I completed my studies. I first had the opportunity to help kids learn programming to help build the future of IT. I also was able to intern with the Macquarie University Cyber Security hub to design cutting edge AI that simulates a scam victim and wastes scammers time, breaking their business model. Finally, I have had the opportunity to work with InConsult as a Cyber Risk Analyst for the past 10-11 months. I have helped a range of companies build their information security capability, including helping build their risk framework, policies, procedures. I have had the opportunity to help audit, review and test organisations current capabilities to help identify gaps and appropriately steer them in the right direction. My role at InConsult has exposed me to the range of issues and opportunities in cyber security and has been a phenomenal experience so far.

Max Tisdell. Max is a Cyber Security Graduate at TAL. I’m Max, a Cybersecurity graduate with 14 months of experience at TAL Australia, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity from Macquarie University in late 2022. My current role primarily involves cloud governance and threat hunting. At work I’m encouraged to research and stay informed about current threats, and continuously enhance my expertise through pursuing relevant certifications.  A bit about me is I have a strong passion for emerging technologies such as computing, AI, and cloud. But I have really bad luck getting that tech to work as its meant to. I frequently run into intricate problems that, when I google them, reveal that I’m the only person in the history of the world to have ever had that kind of problem. As a result, I’ve developed an ability to delve deep into computer systems to troubleshoot and resolve these issues on my own. Which usually involves me spending hours and hours going down rabbit holes on IT forums closed decades ago.

Yolanda Wang. Yolanda is a Cyber Security Graduate at EY I joined EY as a graduate in the cyber security consulting team after interning with EY a few years back. I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Information Systems at UNSW. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in the industry throughout my studies with experiences working with financial services and telecommunications firms. My role so far has allowed me to gain exposure to application of different industry frameworks, crisis simulations, gap assessments and disaster recovery plans. I’m interested in the application of technology in businesses and I believe the learning opportunities in a cyber security is endless. Especially since there are new exploits being developed everyday which requires organisations to upgrade their defence mechanisms and set new expectations to mitigate risks. 
Date: Thursday 30 November 2023

Time: 5:15pm - 7:30pm (AEDT)

5:15pm – 5:30pm Registration
5:30pm - 6:30pm  Panel presentation
6:30pm – 7:30pm Post event networking

Venue: Ernst & Young (EY), Level 35, 200 George Street, NSW, 2000

Registrations Close: At 5:00pm on Wednesday 29 November 2023 or before if the event is sold out
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30/11/2023 5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
AUS Eastern Summer Time
Ernst & Young (EY) Sydney Level 34 200 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000 AUSTRALIA
This event is full.