Culture shock – barriers to diversity are the barriers to growth
Friday 30 October 2020
1:30pm – 2:30pm
About the event
How important is diversity and culture within the sector? As part of Australian Cyber Week 2020, AustCyber wants to highlight the role of diversity and culture within the cyber security community in Australia.
This event will focus on breaking down stereotypes to understand the challenges individuals from diverse backgrounds are faced while working in the cyber security sector.
We will look to proactively address five important issues and highlight the importance of diversity and culture to build a competitive and global cyber ecosystem.
Our guests will answer a series of questions and following their responses, a short panel discussion moderated by Jacqui Loustau, the founder of the Australian Women in Security Network, will take place to unpack the answers in greater detail.
Phillip (Pip) Jenkinson
Pip Jenkinson is an ex-serving member of the Australian Defence Force and has been involved in the ICT community in Australia for about 12 years. Pip works for one of Australia’s leading Indigenous ICT security providers, Baidam Solutions, committed to giving back to the local economy as a way to help us bridge the gap of Indigenous representation in the IT security sector. The Baidam Initiative provides both specialist IT security certification funding and meaningful employment opportunities for First Nations communities. Pip sits on a number of not-for-profit advisory boards and regularly supports the charity Solider On, which helps contemporary veterans and their families build successful futures. A husband, father, brother, son and proud supporter of the cause, Pip is passionate about creating real change.
Tamara is a 16 year old technology addict with a particular passion for cyber security. She is a Code Like a Girl Ambassador and feels really strongly about female participation in technology. Tamara also believes that it is important to make technology more accessible to disadvantaged and rural communities and is working on a project called “Kids Into Technology” to facilitate this.
In 2019 Tamara was a Melbourne Knowledge Week Ambassador (the only one under 18) and was also given a Special Recognition Award at the Australian Women in Security Network/Chief Scientific Officer Awards. You may also have seen Tamara as the AustCyber Week Champion at the 2019 Australian Cyber Conference. Earlier this year Tamara was the Key Note Speaker at Securiday and she also joined the Spill the Beans Kids Advisory Board.
Vice President, Customer Success and Operations – Secure Code Warrior
Fatemah Beydoun is a highly experienced customer success expert and founding team member of Secure Code Warrior, having been an integral part of the team since 2014. Fatemah began her time at Secure Code Warrior as Chief Awesome and Regional Director of APAC between 2014 and 2018. Now VP of Customer Success and Operations, Fatemah is responsible for turning Secure Code Warrior’s customers into its biggest advocates, improving Customer Success maturity, and leading the Customer Success teams globally. Prior to Secure Code Warrior, Fatemah held security analyst, operations management, and national director roles at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). Fatemah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems from Macquarie University.
Jacqui Loustau is a leading cyber security expert, with extensive global experience in the IT and information security industry. Passionate about collaborating with others to drive innovation and change within industry, Jacqui is currently using her experience to help small businesses with their cyber resilience at Cynch Security. As the Founder of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN), she is also working on several initiatives to try and influence more talent from all industries and diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in security.
AISA - Chair
As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.
Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Research & Solution Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.
Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.
Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.