AFR Future Briefings

Business meets the future in The Australian Financial Review’s flagship new event series on technology, transformation and the future of work.

Through a series of incisive seminars, we invite business leaders to learn about the technological advances and cutting-edge research that are poised to shape the future of our economy and our workplaces – and the opportunities for forward-thinking organisations right now.


With the global COVID-19 pandemic having hyper-accelerated the adoption of digital technologies, the stability of our future depends on effective cybersecurity.

Cyber attackers are employing ever more sophisticated methods against an expanding digital front that includes cloud, 5G, wearable technologies and a vast Internet of Things. And with growing public concern over the protection of personal data, security and privacy concerns are increasingly converging, with significant impact on business’ bottom lines.

But just as new threats are emerging every day, so too are new and innovative solutions, from biometrics and blockchain to AI-powered threat intelligence and zero trust security – and the modern business leader must be across the shift to ensure their organisation is ready for challenges and opportunities alike.

The fourth AFR Future Briefings event brings together the nation’s leading security and privacy experts to provide 360º practical advice on how to get ahead of the trends, mitigate risk and find new opportunities in innovation and collaboration.

Virtual Event
The fourth event in the Future Briefings breakfast series has been reimagined as a special edition virtual event on Security & Privacy. The webcast is available exclusively to Financial Review subscribers.

Live from 10am AEDT on Thursday November 26, 2020 and on-demand.

Click here to register 


Garry Bentlin

Chief Information Security Officer


Lynwen Connick

Chief Information Security Officer

ANZ Bank

Prof Lesley Seebeck

Former CEO

The Cyber Institute, ANU

Joseph Failla

Managing Director – Security Lead ANZ


Darren Kane

Chief Security Officer


Michael Williams


Gilbert + Tobin

James Turner



Prof Monica Whitty

Director of Cyber Research

UNSW Canberra

Damien Manuel

Director of Cyber Security - Research and Innovation Centre

Deakin University

Prof Vijay Varadharajan

Global Innovation Chair in Cyber Security and Director ACSRC

University of Newcastle

Prof Ryan Ko

Chair & Director - UQ Cyber Security

University of Queensland

Paul Smith

Technology Editor

The Australian Financial Review


10:00 am Welcome Paul Smith, Technology Editor, The Australian Financial Review
10:05 am Keynote | You’re likely to get attacked. What now? James Turner, Founder, CISO Lens
10:25 am Panel | Rear view mirror – approaching cyber defence with a new lens Prof Lesley Seebeck, Former CEO, The Cyber Institute, ANU
Joseph Failla, Managing Director – Security Lead ANZ, Accenture
Garry Bentlin, Chief Information Security Officer, Transgrid
Paul Smith, Technology Editor, The Australian Financial Review
11:00 am Panel | Avoiding blind spots in a changing threat landscape Lynwen Connick, Chief Information Security Officer, ANZ Bank
Darren Kane, Chief Security Officer, NBN Co
Michael Williams, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Paul Smith, Technology Editor, The Australian Financial Review
11:35 am Panel | 360 Insights and Q&A | Moonshot thinking & emerging technology innovations Prof Monica Whitty, Director of Cyber Research, UNSW Canberra
Damien Manuel, Director of Cyber Security - Research and Innovation Centre, Deakin University
Prof Vijay Varadharajan, Global Innovation Chair in Cyber Security and Director ACSRC, University of Newcastle
Prof Ryan Ko, Chair & Director - UQ Cyber Security, University of Queensland
Yolanda Redrup, Technology Journalist, The Australian Financial Review
12:20 pm Event close

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