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ACS Game Changing Debate: Cyber Security UNDERGROUND

Is there really a Cyber Security skills crisis?

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Mon, 21 Jun, 10:00 AM

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    Tue, 22 Jun, 06:00 PM

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    Tue, 22 Jun, 07:00 PM
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Join our panel of experts virtually, as they debate whether all the concern about a crisis in cyber skills is justified. Recently the Australian government launched a $26.5 million grant scheme to support the cybersecurity workforce. This move has come in response to research and a range of both government and private-sector voices that suggest a serious gap in cyber skills. <br><br>This robust panel will dig beneath the headlines to offer alternative explanations to the perceived gap and paths for strengthening Australia’s cybersecurity that break with cookie-cutter solutions. Anyone considering a career in cybersecurity or seeking to understand the skills gap and what they need to do to address it within their organisation is certain to walk away with new insights and options.<br><br><img alt="UNDERGROUND" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1621483528000"></img><br><br>In this talk, the panel will debate a wide range of controversial topics around cybersecurity and cyber skilling. The high-level debate will highlight discussions around: <ol><li>What is cyber skilling and is it worth getting a degree in cybersecurity? </li><li>Should we be afraid about the future of cybersecurity? </li><li>Are required cybersecurity skills changing over time? If so, how are people working in the industry expected to keep up?</li><li>Are IT companies selling CYBER on &#39;fear’?</li><li>Are cybersecurity breaches, something individuals should learn to live with or not?</li><li>What constitutes preparedness in cybersecurity?</li></ol> In this discussion, you will find out the benefits, limitations, and challenges of cybersecurity.<br><br><u><b>Notice for ACS Members</b></u><br><br><i>When attending virtual events, in order to claim and qualify for the required CPD hours, Please be aware that you will need to attend the online event in its entirety which will be tracked by the ACS events team.<br><br>If a cloaking software program is used when connecting to an online event, your attendance cannot be recorded and CPD hours cannot be allocated. This does not include the use of VPN.</i><br><br><u><b>Please allow up to 1 week for CPD hours to be allocated to your membership profile.</b></u> <p><i>For the sole purpose of registering you for this event, your registration details have been shared with Redback conferencing. Please refer to the Redback Data Policy at for confirmation that the data will not be used for any other purpose outside of this webinar.</i></p>

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Klaus Mathias Gaertner

Klaus Mathias Gaertner

Director of the Technical Advisory Board at ACS

Mathias Gaertner is a publicly accredited and sworn in expert witness for IT, Vice President at NIFIS e.V. MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security), IP3PLecturer at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt/Germany, Information and Computer ScienceMember Technology of the Steering Committee of the “Initiative IT-Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft” of the German Federal Minister of Economics and TechnologyVice Chairman Global Information Security Forum, Diplomatic CouncilVice Chairman of the National Initiative for Information Security, NIFIS e.V.Technical advisory panel Tripoli Rocketry USACCIE #11220 since Mar. 2003, emeritus since 2015

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Nick Ellsmore

Nick Ellsmore

Global Head of Strategy, Consulting & Professional Services at Trustwave

Nick Ellsmore has started, built, merged, acquired, and sold multiple cybersecurity businesses. He is currently director of consulting and professional services (Global) at Trustwave, an Optus company following the sale of Hivint to Trustwave in 2018.


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Saba Bagheri

Saba Bagheri

Cyber Security Business Analyst at UNSW 

Dr. Saba Bagheri is a senior cybersecurity business analyst and cyber resilience researcher with extensive experience in enterprise-level cybersecurity, and digital cloud transformation projects. Saba has a Ph.D. degree in Organisational Cyber Security Resilience and is currently working at the UNSW Department of Cyber Security.

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Jonathan Englert

Jonathan Englert

Jonathan Englert is the founder of AndironGroup ( He is a noted communications strategist specializing in disruptive technology, cybersecurity and the sharing economy. He has advised companies of all sizes, expanding their profiles, building market share and goodwill and has been recognized for his investor relation work. As a journalist, he has written for The New York Times and many other publications on issues ranging from public affairs to technology to adventure sports. Jonathan is regularly commissioned to produce books, speeches and media commentary for well-known public, political and business figures. The Chicago Tribune called his full-length nonfiction book The Collar (Houghton Mifflin 2006) "an impressive portrait". He is the recipient of the Nona Balakian Award for Literary Criticism, the Sackett Graduate Award for law and journalism, a grant from The Louisville Institute (a Lily Foundation partner) and a Maxwell Award for Best Novel. In 2012, his work was nominated to the final voting round of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism's 100 Great Stories. He holds a B.A from Bard College and an M.S. with Honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Sydney which seeks to better define the nature of technological (and other) invention.

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