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MEDIA RELEASE- ACS Forum: Ministers and International Tech Experts Tackle Global ICT Challenges


ACS Forum: Ministers and International Tech Experts

Tackle Global ICT Challenges

Sydney, embargoed until 0001 30 November 2016: The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, will bring key New South Wales and Victorian ministers together with international technology experts to tackle the most pressing global ICT challenges.

Held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday 30 November 2016, the ACS Ministerial Forum will host three exclusive panel discussions comparing Australian and international approaches to current ICT issues such as cybersecurity and eGovernment. The panels will canvass the regulatory, economic and business impacts of ICT developments, as well as the opportunities these offer Australia.

  • Panel One – Achieving Digital Utopia: How does the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), algorithms and artificial intelligence create new opportunities and challenges never before seen?
  • Panel Two – eGovernment and Digital Leadership: NSW Minister for Innovation, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, will join a panel discussing the evolving role of government as an influencer of innovation, technology adoption and economic growth.
  • Panel Three – Cyber Resilience, Global Approaches: Victorian Minister for Innovation, the Hon Phillip Dalidakis MP, will join global experts to discuss how Australia can manage threats and take advantage of the $US639b[1] global cyber security market.
  • Release of ACS’ cybersecurity guide for businesses: The ACS will launch Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities, an accessible guide for Australian businesses on a topic that is fast becoming mainstream. It identifies major cyber threats and outlines four pillars of cybersecurity readiness.

In addition to panel discussions, the forum will feature a special presentation by the winners of the 2016 Australia 3.0 ‘Wicked’ Policy Challenge on ICT Procurement and Open Data.

ACS President Anthony Wong said: “Australia is at a crossroads, as we move from a society already entwined with the internet to the coming age of automation, Big Data and the Internet of Things. As such, the ACS is very pleased to host international ICT experts and bring them together with Ministers Dalidakis and Dominello and our members, to address some of the most challenging ICT issues.

“The ACS has long played a leadership role in raising awareness of cyber threats. As technology continues to disrupt our world in new and different ways, cybersecurity issues will only grow in importance. Today’s launch of Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities, is a timely guide for Australian businesses and consumers,” Mr Wong said.

The ACS presents today’s forum in collaboration with IFIP (The International Federation of Information Processing) and the Pearcey Foundation.  

Media are invited to register and attend the event. For more information about the forum or to RSVP please contact

Event details:

What: ACS Ministerial Forum

When:Wednesday, 30 November

Time: 8.15am until 4.30pm (registration opens at 8am)

For the timing of each panel session, see attached agendas.

Venue: The Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney


  • For details of participants for each panel, please see attached agenda.
  • Panellists will be available to speak with media at the conclusion of each session.

ACS Guide ‘Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities’: Key Insights

  • The cybersecurity industry is projected to be worth $US639b by 2023. However, Australia has only a small cybersecurity sector, with less vendors than France, Germany, Canada or India.
  • Less than six per cent of C-Suite executives in Australia think cybersecurity is a critical issue, indicating there is a disconnect between the reality of threats and the awareness of them at the executive level.
  • Unsecured devices, which can include webcams and IoT gadgets, are a major source for DDoS attacks (the type of attack which took down the Australian Bureau of Statistics eCensus website in August this year).
  • The average cost to an Australian business from cyber attack is $276,000. Globally, cyber attacks costs businesses as much as $US500b annually.
  • Demand for cybersecurity specialists has grown 57 per cent in the last year. At the same time, Australia faces a critical shortage of skilled ICT professionals to meet this demand.
  • Education and awareness are key factors for improving Australia’s cyber resilience across government, business, industry and the nation as a whole.

Further information

Sarah Jane Williams, Launch Group, 0409 362 675,

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244

About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit for more information.


IFIP Presidents & Australia 3.0 Ministerial Forum

By invitation

Hilton Hotel Sydney, 30 November 2016


0815 Arrivals Tea/coffee and registration

0830 Introductions

Mr Anthony Wong, ACS President

Mr Wayne Fitzsimmons, Chairman Pearcey Foundation

IFIP Presidents Sessions

0840 IP3 Panel

Does the Internet of Things, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence of Everything promise Utopia?

Introduced by Brenda Aynsley OAM, FACS CP Chairman, International Professional Practice Partnership, IFIP

Panel facilitated by Professor Michael Fraser AO, FAICD

  • How do we achieve utopia and avoid disaster?
  • How do we assure utopia?
  • Are we there yet?
  • What needs to be done to mature the ICT profession?
  • What are the roles of the actors?

If we are to succeed in making sure society is not led astray by the technology we seek to use, then we must begin and continue the conversation which identifies the problems, seeks acceptable solutions and provides for the eco-system and infrastructure to deliver on them.

Panelists include:

  • Mr Mike Hinchey, President IFIP
  • Mr Ray Long, President British Computer Society
  • Ms Ulandi Exner, President, Institute of IT Professionals South Africa
  • Prof. Liz Bacon, Past President British Computer Society
  • Adrian Schofield, Vice Chairman Standards and Accreditation/Chief Assessor IP3

0930 Panel

Government as an influencer of innovation, technology adoption & economic growth

  • The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Innovation & Better Regulation
  • Mr Ray Long, President British Computer Society
  • Ms Ulandi Exner, President, Institute of IT Professionals South Africa
  • Professor Yuko Murayama, IFIP Vice President & Information Processing Society of Japan.

Australia 3.0 Sessions

1010 Australia 3.0 2016 Wicked Policy Challenges NSW GovernmentOpen Innovation

Introduced by Dr Ian Oppermann, CEO & Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre

There is an emerging need for industry and government to work together to accelerate development of collaborative engagement models that lead to significantly better outcomes (lower cost, improved services, greater citizen satisfaction) through business innovation enabled by ICT. This session will present the winning solutions from two ‘Wicked Policy’ Hackathons which ran from August to October 2016 in Sydney with the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (NSW-DFSI).

1015 ICT Procurement Challenge

What solutions can help increase the agility, innovation of government ICT procurement?

  • Ms Shae Howard, Director, IT and Digital Government, NSW-DFSI
  • Ms Lesley Cooper, Team representative
  • Mr Darren Whalen, ICT Procurement Framework Lead, NSW-DFSI

1030 Open Data Challenge

What solutions can help to increase the usability of Open Data from the NSW Government?

  • Ms Sonya Sherman, Principal Policy Officer (Information), NSW-DFSI
  • Mr Mat Darcy, Team representative

1045 Morning tea

1115 Australia3.0 Open Innovation Lessons Learned Panel

  • Panel representatives from NSW-DFSI and teams
  • Ms Kelly Hutchinson, Australia 3.0 Program Manager
  • Dr Ian Oppermann, CEO & Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre

1200 Close

(see over for afternoon session)

IFIP Presidents Sessions

1330 Welcome and Opening

Mr Anthony Wong, ACS President

1335 Panel  

Global approaches to building resilience, the cyber security ecosystem and staying on top of old and new threats.

Panel facilitated by Dr Nick Tate, President South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation.

  • The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MP, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade
  • Ms Sandra Ragg, Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Major General Stephen Day, former Head of Cyber at the Department of Defence and inaugural Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre
  • Ms Elly van den Heuval, Secretary to the Dutch Cyber Security Council
  • Mr Mike Hinchey, President International Federation for Information Processing
  • Miho Matsubara, CISO Palo Alto Asia Pacific.

1620 ACS Launch: Cybersecurity Report

Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities

1630 Close

Download the Cybersecurity Report

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