Judging Panel

Nate Cochrane

Nate Cochrane

SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief

Nate Cochrane is Secure Computing Magazine’s editor in chief. Over 11 years as a reporter and editor for Fairfax’s Next IT section in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and previously at The West Australian he covered the security, hacking and trust beats.

He famously applied game theory to “beat the banker” on the television game show, Deal or No Deal, walking off with the world record prize of $515,000. He was one of the first journalists to identify the peer-to-peer trend. His stories have featured on Myth Busters and in 2001 led to the awarding of an MIT Ig Nobel prize to IP Australia and John Keogh for the patenting of the wheel. Cochrane was Australia’s first online journalist.

Nigel Phair

Security consultant and author

Nigel Phair is a specialist in cyber crime and speaks regularly both in Australia and internationally. He is widely acknowledged as a authority in the intersection of society, technology and crime.

He spent over four years at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, where he led investigations and represented the Centre in numerous intergovernmental and external forums. He has extensive experience working with a variety of industry groups, including banking & finance and the telecommunications sector.

Nigel is a Senior Fellow within the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong and a Lecturer within the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University. As well as an undergraduate degree, he holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Law. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has recently published a critically acclaimed book detailing the international impact of cyber crime.

Drazen Drazic

MD Securus Global

Drazen Drazic is the managing director of Securus Global, a leading information security consulting organisation specialising in application security, penetration testing and product testing for international security vendors.

He is engaged as a consultant across most industry sectors on information security policy and strategy. In earlier times, he has headed up information security for a global investment bank and Big-Four professional services firm, been a regional IT director and spent years promoting and talking about information security. He is a writer on the IT security management blog, Beast or Buddha and other similar sites.

Twitter: @ddrazic

Jason Edelstein

CTO – Sense of Security

Jason has more than 10 years commercial information security experience and co-founded Sense of Security in 2002. Prior to that, he held senior information security positions at Ernst and Young, Dimension Data and Deutsche Bank.

He is responsible for defining the overall direction and strategy of Sense of Security’s business, focusing on technologies, solutions and services. He also leads Sense of Security’s unparalleled team of technical consultants, and is responsible for maintaining the highest levels of service delivery to clients and partners.

Jason has attained industry certifications from ISC, SANS, Microsoft, Sun, Novell, Cisco, Check Point, and the PCI SSC.

Glen Strickland

Consultant for BST Tech Consulting

Glen Strickland is a Security Consultant for BST Tech Consulting, specialising in Security Certification and Accreditation, Cross Domain Solutions, Identity and Access Management, Single Information Environments, Attribute Based Access Control, and Multi Level Security.

He has more than 17 years experience in ICT and more than 11 years experience in the information assurance and information security domains. He has extensive experience in governance, risk, compliance and identity management in the public sector and defence.

He has recently consulted to the Australian Department of Defence for the Joint Strike Fighter F-35, as the Security Accreditation Specialist for the accreditation and integration of the Off-Board Information Systems into the Australian Defence Network.

Ajoy Ghosh

CISO Logica

Honoured by ISC2 the as the Senior IT Security Professional for 2009, Ajoy has 15+ years experience in ICT and business security. After originally graduating as a Computer Engineer, he spent a number of years in various capacities in law enforcement, banking and consultancy. He is now the Chief Information Security Officer at Logica.

He specialises in computer forensics, information security, reliability and protective security. He has been the expert witness in some of Australia’s largest and politically sensitive corporate investigations and is routinely called to provide expert opinion in complex criminal cases including child pornography, organised criminal networks, homicide, fraud and terrorism.

Ajoy is the author of Standard Australia’s Handbook 171 Guidelines on the Management of IT Evidence, and co-author of Handbook 231 Information Risk Management Guidelines. He is currently leads the Australian representation on ISO N7570: Acquisition of Digital Evidence. He advises a number of industry and government committees on information and protective security, including advising on regulation and legislation and lectures in cybercrime and computer forensics to post-graduate law and police studies students.

He is an accredited assessor, endorsed by the Defence Signals Directorate to provide information security services to the Commonwealth government (see http://www.irap.securelink.com.au/assessor.php) and a Certified Information Security Systems Practitioner (CISSP) see www.isc2.org.

Phil Kernick


Phil has 19 years of experience in information security and technology. He has focussed on information security for the past 11 years and has CISSP and Cisco CCSP security certifications. Phil has specialised in the areas of information security architecture and strategy, and his engineering background has provided a focus for protecting the SCADA assets of critical infrastructure businesses.

Phil has an extensive knowledge and experience of the financial, utility, and defence market segments where he has conducted numerous security and application reviews, developed security audit programmes, and assisted clients to maximise the value of their information assets though effective security strategy and architecture. Phil’s other strengths include well-developed communication skills and a strong business understanding which complement his technical abilities.

Ben Robson

Director of Operations, IPSec Pty Ltd

Ben Robson is Director of Operations for IPSec Pty Ltd, a specialist provider of information security solutions. With over 10 years dedicated to delivering pragmatic information security outcomes to Australian businesses and government sectors, Ben is a leader in strategic information security policy development and manages one of the country’s most highly regarded teams of information security professionals.

Having experience derived from working with hundreds of Australian organisations and government departments, local, state and federal, Ben brings a unique perspective particularly oriented towards business-centric IT risk management outcomes.

With significant experience and capabilities presenting complex security concepts to large and small audiences, Ben is a trusted expert security resource to many organisations, providing them the strategic vision needed to navigate the complex world of information asset protection.

Keith Price

National Director of the Australian Information Security Association

Keith Price is Director and Principal Consultant at Black Swan Consulting Group Pty Ltd and the National Director of the Australian Information Security
Keith has 25 years experience in IT and specialises in information security and IT risk management, strategy, and governance. Keith’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees and he is a CISSP, CISM, and CGEIT.

Nick Ellsmore


Nick is one of Australia’s leading experts in information security strategy and governance. He was an Australian delegate to the APEC TEL Security & Prosperity Steering Group at meetings in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Canada, the Philippines, Japan and Chile, advising the forum on emerging IT security threats.

He is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course, helped develop AS 8015, the Australian standard for ICT Governance, is a member of the NATA Accreditation Advisory Committee for Software Testing, and a Board member of the Internet Industry Association (IIA).
Nick has been interviewed by print media including the AFR, the Age, the Australian, SMH, CFO Magazine, MIS Magazine, Online Banking Review and Computerworld, ABC and Channel 7 news, the Homepage and Risky Business radio programs, and dozens of Internet news sites.
Nick was founder of SIFT Information Security Services, one of Australia’s leading specialist information security consulting firms, which became a part of stratsec in 2009.

James Turner

Advisor, IBRS

James Turner is an IBRS Advisor and specialises in information security. James researches issues of importance to our clients and communicates his findings in concise opinions which provide new ways of looking at data, situations, or vendor solutions. Since joining IBRS in 2007, James has authored over 40 research notes for IBRS clients on topics ranging from Data Loss Prevention, to the management of iPhones and iPads, to strategies for dealing with pornography in corporate email systems, to data centre energy issues. Before IBRS, James was Frost & Sullivan’s industry analyst for IT security. James’ background is technical, with early roles ranging from UNIX systems administrator, to PC Support, to Hosting Infrastructure Manager.

Alastair MacGibbon

Most recently Head of Trust, Safety and Customer Support for eBay Asia Pacific, Alastair focused on reducing negative customer experiences, improving education and strengthening customer support on eBay for over four years.
Prior, Alastair was the founding director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, was a federal agent with the Australian Federal Police for 15 years, and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy.

Alastair has a strong background in social policy, internet governance and internet crimes. He has championed many major corporate and government initiatives in the field of internet crime and misuse, and is regularly called on by the media to comment on these matters.

Joel Hatton


Joel Hatton is a senior computer security analyst with AusCERT. He has, variously, worn the hat of first responder for IT security incidents, UNIX systems administrator, infrastructure coordinator and trainer. Joel is approaching his first decade in the field of information systems security and has held CISSP certification since 2005.