Past Events


The in-person ‘Meet an Expert’ panel and networking event in Newcastle was held at the University of Newcastle. The panellists were Bruce White (Greater Bank), Russell Weir (Newcastle City Council) and Troy Filipcevic (Emergence Insurance) with the expert moderator being Professor Vijay Varadharajan (University of Newcastle).

During the session the Panel explored the cyber challenges organisations face when it comes to protecting their customers and community. The Panel delved into the specific cyber security issues in different sectors of the economy, from the financial sector, infrastructure, energy and insurance. They discussed what is being done and more importantly what further countermeasures and strategies are needed to curb possible attacks and get in front of what seems like a turbulent current situation.

After the discussion and questions from the audience, the delegation had the opportunity to come together to network and catch up. There was a great feeling of collaboration and community amongst the group.

“The event was great and fantastic to hear from some likeminded individuals and professions within the sector. The challenges discussed were fantastic and provided some good insights.”
Nathan Taylor (City of Newcastle)


This unique ‘Meet the Experts’ event with keynote speaker, panel discussion and networking opportunity was a face-to-face event that was also live streamed. The delegation came together to collaborate with regional cyber security professionals, business and community leaders to discuss the cyber security threat landscape.

The keynote by the Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP (Assistant Minister for Defence), addressed the Australian Government’s position on cyber security and how they consider it when making plans and defence decisions. The panel of experts with current experience in the cyber security industry included Ret. Major General Dr Marcus Thompson (Australian Defence Force), Yawun Mundine (Yirigaa), Professor Ganna Pogrebna (Charles Sturt University), Andrew McInnes (OCTEC Limited) and Tim Moran (Ignite).

  • The panel discussion, which was moderated by Jeff Whitton (Councillor) covered:
  • The Australian Defence Cyber Warfare Unit Opportunities for indigenous and other diverse cohorts to work in the cyber security profession
  • Academic pathways and AI in cyber security
  • Disability employment opportunities in cyber security
  • How regional businesses are meeting cyber security compliance
  • Recruitment challengers in cyber security

“It was a great event with excellent speakers and discussion points.”
Anna Arrow (Marathon Health)

FOUNDER ROADSHOW – 27 September 2022

The Founder Roadshow with CyRise was an informative and interactive session, where the experts shared their honest insights and tips on starting a cyber business. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions face to face and gain first-hand knowledge of the process.

Kirstin McIntosh (COO of CyRise) lead a live Q&A with Fred Thiele (CISO of Interactive), Martin McGregor (CEO of Devicie) and Jacqui Nelson (CEO of DekkoSecure).

We had a great turnout with everyone very interested to meet the cyber founders. Anyone with a unique idea or product or who has ever thought about startups, was encouraged to reach out and talk to the CyRise team. This was in preparation for the launch of the next NSW Cyber Accelerator in Residence (AIR) Program commencing in February 2023.

The invitation to chat with CyRise directly is always open – just make an appointment with the team.

“Excellent personal experience sharing by three startup leaders for business management, rather than technical discussions. I look forward to attending upcoming workshops and networking opportunities.”
Lee Li (student)


The NSW Cyber Business Hub hosted a roundtable event with Phil Ore, Chief Mentor and Co-CEO of 25eight, as the expert on Pitching Your Business on 21 Jun as part of CyberCon Connect – Sydney Conference. The delegates had the unique opportunity to learn how to confidently communicate their business’ value proposition in a way that is memorable, effective and natural, and structure their pitch using a framework for success. Attendees found the session invaluable as they walked away with practical tools to improve their win rate.

Phil used great examples and encouraged interaction within the group during the presentation. The twelve delegates that attended this session have already benefited further by progressing to one-on-one mentoring sessions with Phil, with the objective of continuing to refine a pitch that is tailored to their needs.

After sitting through tens of 'how to pitch' sessions and reading tens of articles, Phil's session was the most valuable and enlightening. I'm grateful for having the opportunity to participate in the session.
Rony Moshkovich (Prevasio)

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