Australian Defence Force head of information warfare, Major General Marcus Thompson AM, will address visitors to SAGE 2020 (pre-register here) at the Realm Hotel, November 12, 2020 on cyber security issues.

Major General Marcus Thompson was appointed to the role of Head Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force in 2017. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1988 and spent his early years in the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. He has deployed on a number of overseas operations and commanded at every level from Troop to Brigade.

Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Major General Thompson holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Masters Degree in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra, a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, and a PhD in Cyber Security from the University of New South Wales.

Complete SAGE Seminar Programme

Speaker 1, Geoffrey Askew, AM, Principal, Askew & Associates, and former Senior Executive (Security and Emergency Management), QANTAS Group, who will speak on “Rethinking Australian Aviation Security Management and Funding” at 10am in the seminar area.

Speaker 2, Julian Talbot, ASM, co-author, Security Risk Management Body of Knowledge (SRMBoK), who will speak on “Enterprise Security Risk Management”.

Speaker 3, Keynote Address by MAJGEN Dr Marcus Thompson, AM, Head, Information Warfare Division, Australian Defence Force in the main Expo Hall.

Speaker 4, Raymond Frangie, CISA, CISSP, cybersecurity expert, who will speak on “Smart Buildings: Cybersecurity Threat or Opportunity”.

Speaker 5, Nicky Finn, agency security adviser, National Indigenous Australians Agency, who will speak on “The role of Agency Security Advisers, Accrediting and Certifying Authorities”.

Speaker 6, Scott Taylor, CPP, JP, chief operating officer, Southern Cross Group, and NSW ASIS Chapter Chairman, who will speak on “Defeating Access Controls Using Social Engineering” in the main Expo Hall.

Organised by ASIS ACT, the SAGE seminars will be held in the North Courtyard. Streaming of seminars will be done through South Courtyard and area in between, with speakers 3 and 6 streamed to foyer areas.

As in previous years, the seminar format will be presentations on the hour every hour from 10am (except lunch break at 1pm) for 30 minutes, with up to 15 minutes for questions, then a 15-minute break until the next speaker.

Refreshments for visitors starting at 3.30pm will be available within the expo area, as well as the Melbourne and Sydney foyers – the entry and exit points for the expo hall. ASIS ACT will hold its annual dinner at the Press Club – you can book tickets on SAGE’s website www.securityandgovernmentexpo.com.au

SAGE is going to be the only opportunity security professionals will get to spend time with the latest security products and solutions in 2020. Pre-register here and we’ll see you there!

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