ACSP Chair to co-chair SECUREaustralia in March 2015

Message from ACSP Chair, Matthew Curtis


Dear Council Members and Members of Represented Organisations,


I have accepted an invitation to co-chair SECUREaustralia 2015, which will run 25-27 March in Sydney. The Australasian Council of Security Professionals and the Security Professionals Registry—Australasia are both supporting the event as ‘supporting partners’.


This event has occurred annually for some years with varying areas of focus. This year’s theme relates to counter-terrorism and what enterprises (particularly in the private sector) not only should do, but can do, in relation to appreciating and responding to risk in this changing context. It goes to some of the key issues current issues in security governance and management – organisational resilience, intelligence-based risk and risk response, what these issues mean at the enterprise level – and is clearly very timely, given the growing strategic vulnerability of our private sector. The speakers include a range of specialists regarding defining practicable ways forward. In other words, this will not simply be a high-level discussion of threat and risk, and the role of government. It is for these reasons that I agreed to be one of two co-chairs.


I have attached some material from the organisers, and would suggest that for us all – as security professionals, as members of the Council (the professional body), or as members of organisations that are represented on the Council, the conference represents substantial benefit. A discount also applies, as detailed in the attachment.


Yours faithfully,



Matthew Curtis



17 February 2015


SECUREaustralia 2015


Emerging terrorist and cyber attacks will continue to challenge Australia’s national security, economic prosperity and social wellbeing. As cyber threats become increasingly sophisticated and terrorist threats increasingly targeted, these incidents are having significant and direct impacts on organisations.


However, properly assessing the security risks specific to your organisation can help to minimise your vulnerability to threats. SECUREaustralia 2015, being held 25-27 March in a closed session at the InterContinental Hotel Sydney, examines the implications of the raising of Australia’s threat alert level and delves into real cases of crisis that security professionals need to be aware of in order to effectively protect people, operations and assets within their own organisations.


With the latest updates from the Business Liaison Unit of ASIO and the Australian Crime Commission and first-hand knowledge of security best practices from leading organisations such as: Westpac; QGC– BG Group; Sydney Opera House; Johnson & Johnson; GlaxoSmithKline; Sydney Water, Qantas, Transport for NSW, Telstra and more, SECUREaustralia 2015 attendees will be in a frontline position to:


  • Receive a comprehensive analysis of incidents to date, to identify the common themes which can help you to manage the risks of terrorist attacks to your organisation
  • Learn how to build strong partnerships with agencies and community groups and identify the key role you play in terrorism prevention and preparedness
  • Identify the security gaps for your organisation – and get better at gathering information from the right sources to guide your strategy and operations.
  • Prepare for the threat of cyber-terrorism, hijacking of your business website by terrorists, and intellectual property theft and learn how to equip employees at every level of your organisation
  • Learn how to best guarantee the safety and resilience of your critical physical and information assets and networks.


Conference brochures are available at


Hear from key security experts including:

  • Luke Bencie, Managing Director, Security Management International, USA
  • Dr. John Moss, National Manager – Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission
  • Ian McKenzie, Former Director, Australian Signals Directorate
  • Clare Birgin, Director, Counter Terrorism Operations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales Australia and New Zealand
  • Richard Johnson, Chief Information Security Officer, Westpac
  • Pablo Diez del Corral, Global Director, Enterprise Security & Risk Management, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jock O’Hogan, Group Risk and Security Manager, Asciano
  • Katarina Carroll, Assistant Commissioner Program Executive – G20 Group, Queensland Police
  • Sean Haran, National Security Manager, Star Track
  • Anthony Hall, Detective Inspector – National Coordinator Serious & Organised Crime, Australian Federal Police
  • Ajoy Ghosh, General Manager, Security & Risk Transport for NSW
  • Duncan Price, Principal Security Advisor, QGC – A BG Group Business
  • Dai Hockaday, Business Continuity Manager, Sydney Water
  • Andrew Dick, General Manager – Enterprise Resilience & Security, Telstra
  • James Argent, Business Continuity Manager, Sydney Opera House


Filled with detailed cases of crime, theft of trade secrets, risk factors, and best practices, SECUREaustralia 2015 provides the real-world understanding you’ll need to conduct better-informed security management that will lead to improving your organisational resilience to terrorism and critical security breaches.


Book before 20 February to save up to $500! You can register online at call the booking hotline on 02 9977 0565.

Get the most value out of your experience by attending one of the two separately bookable in-depth learning sessions on 27 March:

  • Session A: Red Teaming alternate reality testing – learn to test your organisation’s defences to get a more realistic picture of its security readiness
  • Session B: Corporate Security and Integrated Risk Management – how to identify risks and prioritise threats in line with their business impact


Members of ACSP will receive a 10% discount. Quote discount code “ASSN” when registering.


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