Judging Panel

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

Wade Alcorn

MD NCC Group

Wade Alcorn is the Asia Pacific General Manager for NCC Group (previously known as NGS Secure). He led the establishment of the company’s regional presence and continues to head up the Asia Pacific arm of the organisation. Wade is a founding director of CREST Australia, and as Chair of the Technical Committee, he led the establishment of the organisation’s technical certifications.

He has published leading technical papers on emerging threats and was awarded the AusCERT national “Award for Individual Excellence in the field of IT Security” in 2011. He is the creator of the BeEF open source browser exploitation framework, which is included in insecure.org’s top 100 security tools.

Twitter: @WadeAlcorn

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.

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Glen Strickland

Security 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.

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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.

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Keith Price

Director and Principal Consultant at Black Swan Consulting Group

Keith has over 25 years experience in IT and specialises in information security strategy, governance, and assurance. His industry experience spans consulting, banking, service providers, insurance and utilities – in Australia, UK, Europe and USA. Keith’s qualifications include BBus, MSc, CISSP, CISM, and CGEIT.

Nick Ellsmore

Director, Delling Advisory

Nick Ellsmore, Director of Delling Advisory, has a proven track record of successful business strategy development and execution in the information security industry. His previous companies, SIFT and Stratsec, received awards including the national Business of the Year in the Telstra Business Awards 2010, and Employer of the Year at the AISA Awards 2012. With other corporate awards for SIFT and Stratsec including entries in the BRW Fast 100 in 2008, the Australian Export Awards in 2009, and being named Most Innovative Information Security Company at the CSM ACE Awards 2012 (Malaysia), Nick has a clear track record of significant success in the information security industry. Nick was the recipient of the inaugural Information Security Professional of the Year Award at the AISA Awards 2012.

Nick personally delivered over 100 presentations at conferences and events in the period 2000 to 2012, receiving the best speaker award multiple times.

Twitter: @DellingAdvisory

Darren Pauli

SC Magazine Editor

Darren has been covering information security as a reporter for the last seven years. He has an appreciation and respect for security industry professionals, is weary of hype and spin and is driven to help raise the profile of security in the eye of the general public and government. Darren has previously written for ZDNet and Computerworld and had covered a variety of enterprise IT news stories. He has written extensively about the security sector.

Twitter: @DarrenPauli

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.

Twitter: @NPhair