Invisible Threats, Vulnerable Businesses: A Look at Australasia Security Challenges

Nick Cavalancia, Founder/Chief, Techvangelism

Geographically isolated, yet a prime target for hackers Australasia as a region confronts some unique challenges from which organizations across the world can draw IT security lessons.  Generally, the region is the first to experience zero-day attacks, so it’s a key part of the early response process around the globe. That’s a tall order for a region with smaller business sizes, and smaller security teams.

In this on-demand micro-webcast, industry expert and founder of Techvangelism, Nick Cavalancia, hosts David Kennedy, CIO, Transaction Services Group and cyber security advisor to private organizations and the New Zealand Ministry of Defense, for a conversation on strategies for addressing risk blindness and vulnerabilities.

Some areas explored include, understanding:

  • Your attack vectors
  • Where you are vulnerable
  • How to formulate and execute a plan to address those weaknesses

Kennedy and Cavalancia also highlight some key areas from New Zealand’s national cyber security strategy.

Tune in to this frank discussion from two industry experts with experience that spans the globe. Hear about the one key thing that the bad guys excel at—and how we can all get markedly better at security by taking a page from them!

David Kennedy, CIO, Transaction Services Group

David is an accomplished executive with wide-ranging leadership and management expertise built up over the last 18 years, to CIO level; in public and private sectors. More recently David acts as an Independent Director for companies in New Zealand and also the Advisory Board for university programs and products who require guidance within the Australasian market.

David has worked in most sectors including Military, Financial, Healthcare, Council, Petrochemical, Consumer and Services. David’s track record is based on leading organizations to achieve new performance levels, organizational vision and structure, and the introduction of new technologies and business processes. David is a strategic thinker with operational aptitude; commercially astute and outcome-oriented.

David’s proven skill-set spans Digital, Cyber, Mobile, Cloud and IT strategy, business and budget planning; procurement and contract management; commercial and financial management; organizational renewal and design; solution development and service delivery; quality management, process improvement; people and change management; governance, portfolio, program management, policy formulation; operational management; and business development.

David’s energetic leadership style is based on dedication, good humor, openness, trust and respect; driving for results and delivering improvement. David is an excellent communicator with staff, colleagues, and stakeholders to Board and national levels.