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Intelligence Manager, NSW Fair Trading

Jacquelyn Cabban is the NSW Fair Trading Intelligence Manager since August 2017. Jacquelyn has 15 years’ experience in the New South Wales Police Force in various unsworn roles including Gangs and Drug Squads and Local Area Command, Australian Taxation Office in covert operations and an intelligence role.  Prior to this, Jacquelyn spent 6 years as a sworn police officer with the New South Wales Police Force. Jacquelyn brings a unique perspective from an investigations, covert operations and intelligence background.  Jacquelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Criminal Intelligence from the Charles Sturt University, NSW.

Breaking Down the Barriers

Taking legacy systems to an integrated analytical tool that has enabled the NSW Fair Trading intelligence unit to provide holistic analysis.  We have engaged with people to change historical models relating to regulation practices and created an intelligence led regulatory environment.  This presentation outlines the four year transition from an idea to reality and the continual effort of providing analytical tools through intelligence best practices.  It is during the last 12 months the Fair Trading intelligence unit has seen an effective execution and evolution of the planning and framework surrounding the initial concept.


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Partner, KordaMentha Forensic

Nigel is responsible for the overall management and delivery of Forensic Technology services at KordaMentha, including Digital, Discovery and Cyber and has a particular interest in technology investigations.Nigel has over 20 years of forensic investigation experience forged in the Computer Based Evidence Section of the NSW Police Service.

His experience includes appointment as IT Security Manager for the RTA in 2001 and Coca Cola Amatil in 2003 at a time when these positions were the first of their kind.

Cutting through the Chaff of Computer Investigations

Computer evidence is often the key witness in the age of the Internet of Things but identifying, collecting and interpreting the relevant data across millions of records that are often stored in proprietary and undocumented formats is challenging.

This presentation will cover some of the tools and techniques to unravel the rich tapestry of artefacts in modern day computer investigations including an overview of ‘push button’ tools, collection in the cloud and leveraging AI and technology assisted review.



Penetration Tester, Mercury Information Security Services

Edward Farrell is a penetration tester based in Sydney Australia. Having started his career as a network Engineer, Edward joined the cybersecurity profession in 2009 where he has made numerous contributions in industry research, local security groups and regional conferences. In his day job he runs a team of cybersecurity professionals at Mercury ISS who service clients in Australia and abroad.

Advocatus Diaboli: Understanding the Red Team

So the word “red team” keeps getting thrown about, especially if its sole aim is to increase the price of what is otherwise a nessus scan executed by someone with the regal post nominal titles of CEH or OSCP. The reality is the Australian market has still not fully conceptualised this idea of playing devils advocate in order to improve or better understand an organisations strategy, plan or in our case, its information security posture. Only by understanding things from an alternative perspective do we find alternatives that make things more secure. 

This talk will explore the concept of the Red team with a focus on the specific areas:

  • Its historical application and times when its been used
  • misconceptions, Its overuse in the present day and neglect of the concept
  • Guidance for prospective red teamers, and those seeking to employ such skills 
  • Practical applications in the information security domain (PoCs et al will be provided) 

By the end of this talk, Audience members will actually get what is meant when someone discusses “red team” and will be able to call someone out the next time someone misuses the term.




Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Macquarie University

bio to come.

Abstract to come.




Director Border and National Security Program, Unisys Global Public Sector

John Kendall is the Global Director of the Unisys Border and National Security Program.

Currently based in Australia, John has overall responsibility for Unisys border and national security initiatives around the globe. This includes R&D, sales, consulting and delivery activities. 

With a thirty-five year career at Unisys, the last ten of those in Australia, John has worked with public sector clients in the USA, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the South Pacific. 

His particular area of focus has been the national security sector, helping public sector organisations leverage innovative technologies such as biometrics and real time analytics to provide secure and cost effective services to their citizens and business communities. This includes having personally worked on large scale biometric projects in Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa and elsewhere.

As a Subject Matter Expert in the application of identification and biometrics, John has developed deep first hand insight into how organisations can leverage these technologies to achieve both improved efficiency and greater security in the area of border and national security.

John is regularly quoted in the media providing commentary on border security, national security, and cyber security issues as well consumer attitudes toward various security measures. Read his blog posts here:

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA in Management Science from Virginia Tech. He is an IEEE Certified Biometrics Professional and a member of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Committee.

Real-time Targeting Analytics – Sixteen Years of Revolution

2001 marked the beginning of a sea change for the US intelligence community. As a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the labour-intensive analysis previously reserved for investigating a person or organisation of special interest had to be turned inside-out. The US Department of Homeland Security was tasked with developing an automated targeting solution that would be capable of finding “the needle in the haystack” – previously unknown individuals who intended harm, but were hidden among the millions of international travellers. 

This presentation traces the development of automated targeting solutions from simplistic watch list lookup to large-scale, real-time data analytics engines that leverage the power of machine learning to ingest and analyse an ever expanding set of data sources. 


General Manager, BizLab, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Janna McCann has over 25 years’ experience in business strategy and innovation, having worked with a range of cross-sectoral Fortune 500 organisations such as Coca-Cola and Bristol-Myers Squibb throughout Australia, Asia and the United States.

Janna has deep expertise in the areas of design thinking, qualitative and quantitative research, and strategic commercialisation gained through working with start-ups, SMEs and multi-nationals. She has a passion for innovation and its ability to improve the lives of individuals and society.

Janna helps drive innovative organisational cultures by providing the skills required to innovate including; User Centric Design, critical and creative problem solving, and coaching a mindset shift where innovation is “simply the way we do business around here”.

Janna recognises that innovation goes beyond simply coming up with inventive ideas, and that the ability to implement solutions that create new value and improve user experience is the ultimate measure of success. 

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Managing Principal, SecureWorks Inc

Stephen's current research interests are in cybersecurity, digital forensics, cyber threat intelligence and information warfare. His research draws on a diverse background in policing, security, information technology and the military. His PhD thesis examined the impact of Eastern European cybercrime groups on Australian banks.  Stephen over the last 16 years has held senior management positions in information security with IBM, CSC, RSA, National Australia Bank (nabCERT) and currently SecureWorks. In 2009 nabCERT, the team Stephen setup and led, won AusCERT's Annual Award for Organisational Excellence in Information Security. Stephen prior to working in industry spent 14 years in the NSW Police as a Detective and was instrumental in the establishment of their first computer crime investigation team. He also served as a soldier in the Australian Regular Army. Stephen is an Honorary Research Associate at Macquarie University in Australia, an Honorary Research Fellow at Massey University in New Zealand and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He is a currently a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and an Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP).

Building a Cyber-Intelligence Function

In this presentation we will look at the recent history of cyber-intelligence practice, key elements required when developing a cyber-intelligence function within an organisation and other operational considerations.