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cyber security Committee

Terms of Reference    
  • Mr Louay Ghashash


    Louay is a Director with over 22 years' experience in Information security across number of industries. He has also acted as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) across number of customer engagements including Non-for-Profit and Retails and FSI. Louay has been providing advisory services for number of industries sectors: Banking & Finance, Transport, Government, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Gaming sectors. He has solid experience in providing security advisory for senior managers and Board of Directors. Louay has completed and lead number of large and medium security transformation programs across industries including Finance, Emergency, Utilities sectors, Fast food, City Councils, e-commerce and others. Louay has a solid technical background in technology and security technical solutions and controls. Louay holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Networking Systems Engineering. He also holds the following industry certifications: CISA, CISM, CRISC, QSA and ISO27001LA

  • Mr Joseph Dalessandro

    Vice Chair
    MACS Snr

    Joseph (Joe) Dalessandro, MS, has extensive experience and qualifications in information security, risk management, and audit and has worked around the world in roles in both audit and information security. Joe spent four years in Australia with Vanguard setting up their first Internal Audit department outside the USA, and he then served as Vanguard’s Global Head of Internal Audit for the Asia-Pacific region, covering Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He also worked in information security at Vanguard’s USA headquarters conducting third-party cybersecurity assessments and providing cyber security controls and regulatory guidance. Joe is currently Head of Security and Technology Audit and Audit Data Analytics for an Australian corporation. He also does private consulting and teaches cybersecurity concepts, including cyber risk, crisis response, and technical security audit in the Graduate programs at Tulane University and Brandeis University both in the USA. Joe is a member of a number of professional associations including the IEEE, ISACA, AISA, and is a Senior Member (MACS Snr) and Certified Cybersecurity Professional with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

  • Mr Dilip Samji

    MACS Snr

    Dilip Samji is the Director of Cyber Security, Cyber Intelligence and Digital Forensics for DRC Australia, a part of the DRC International Group. Dilip specializes in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics , currently leads a team of professionals at the Data Risk and Forensics Consulting in Sydney while overseeing digital forensics and IT security projects and operations across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Since 2012 he has been part of the IT Security Team for DRC International Group drafting the company’s IT Cyber Security policies and procedures for DRC Portugal, Switzerland, Australia and Africa.Dilip’s vast knowledge has been developed over 35 years and his career has spanned Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, South America and Australia. Holding a variety of Senior roles, nationally and internationally, in the Government and Corporate business, focusing on software development, operations, management, audit, security, more recently Dilip has moved into the specialized field of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security.This specialization in Digital Forensics has led to many invitations to speak at international conferences and forums including the IT Security Conference 2015 in Copenhagen as a guest of the Danish Embassy. Dilip is also recognized as an industry specialist by many government bodies, and have worked in IT security projects with ex-Minister of Science and Technologyof Mozambique and assist the IT Security Advisory Board during the drafting of the Mozambique National Cyber Security Strategy (January -June 2017).Apart from being an active member of ACS (Australian Computer Society) for 25 years and serving as an ACS and UTS (University of Technology Sydney) mentor he is also a member of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), Australian Security Information Society (ASIS),Digital Forensics Association (DFA-USA ) and is a Certified Digital Forensics Examiner with the International Association of Computer Investigation Specialists (IACIS-USA).Dilip holds a Masters of Information Systems Security and is currently undertaking a second Masters in Cyber Security. He has been supervising digital forensic investigations involving matters that range from bullying emails, IP theft, disgruntled employee, Cyber crime, assisting Lawyers and Barristers on both civil and criminal litigation as well testifying in Court as expert witness.

  • Mr John Baird


    My passion lies in the role that technology can play in driving forward an organisation. As a technologist at heart, my career has been built on my ability to marry ICT and its broadest and most innovative applications with the needs of a business. Within the course of my career, I have had the great fortune of gaining extremely broad technical experience, and progressively senior roles in which I have gained the trust and loyalty of talented teams.

  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland

    MACS Snr

    Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland is the Associate Dean for Computing and Security in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University and is an associate member of the Centre for Security, Communications & Network Research at Plymouth University (UK). Paul has delivered keynotes, invited presentations, workshops, professional development/training and seminars across the world for audiences including Sri Lanka CERT, ITU and IEEE. He has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security research and education in both the UK and Australia. Paul is the Working Group Coordinator and the ACS/Australian Country Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 11 (TC11 - Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems), the secretary to IFIP Working Group 11.1 (Information Security Management), the ACS representative to Standards Australia for Risk Management (OB 007) and a member of the ACS Cyber Security Committee, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Honorary Fellow of the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, a Fellow of the BCS and a Senior Member of the ACS/Certified Professional. He is the author of over 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and edited 29 proceedings.

  • Mr Sudheera Edirisinghe


    Sudheera has been working in cyber security industry for more than 15 years and have extensive experience in all aspects of cyber and information security including strategy development, team building, technology introductions, stakeholder and vendor management and operations. He is responsible for defining practical, resilient and robust cyber security measures to secure the Optus network and its customer base.Sudheera led a team of internal and external consultants to develop group wide cyber security policies and standards in line with the ISO 27001 standard. Last a few years, I have been leading the rollout of organisation wide security awareness programs. I spend considerable amount of time researching risks associated with emerging technologies such as software defined networking (SDN), IoT, Cloud, Machine Learning etc. Role requires building strong relationships and frequent interaction with external suppliers and consultants to understand their product roadmap, strategies to effectively use security as an enabler against emerging technologies.As the Network Security Manager, built and managed a team of highly skilled professionals to deliver security solutions to secure the Optus network. Managed a budget of approximately AUD$ 10M year on year and delivered nearly 300 projects per year. I was accountable for installation, design and maintenance of all security infrastructures comprising of Firewalls, Intrusion detection & Prevention Systems and Denial of Service Mitigation systems in the network.Previously, acted as the Business Engagement Manager for the Networks and responsible for defining product & services strategy related to security. Prior to that, worked as a network and security architect for many years building and securing large scale networks in Australian and overseas markets. Sudheera has achieved CISSP, SABSA and Business Continuity certifications to complement my postgraduate and bachelor degrees.

  • Emeritus Professor William Caelli


    Emeritus Professor William J (Bill) Caelli, AO - Retired Director of cybersecurity consultancy company IISEC Pty Ltd, Emeritus Professor of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Adjunct Professor at Griffith University and Advisor to the School of Business and Tourism at Southern Cross University. Chairs the Safety and Stability Advisory Committee of Australia’s Domain Name Authority (auDa). Former member of the board of the "Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE)", USA (URL from 2004 to 2013. Founder of Electronics Research Australia Pty Ltd, then ERACOM Pty Ltd, in 1979 which developed/manufactured a range of computers based on Stanford University Network (SUN) architecture with added cryptographic hardware/software. Cryptographic subsystems / security modules for IBM/clone PC, mainframes and data networks/computer security productswith a first hardware encryption system for the IBM PC (1984) with full hard disk encryption/trusted key management. Founding Director of the Information Security Research Centre (ISRC) at QUT in 1988, then Head of the School of Data Communications/School of Software Engineering and Data Communications. He was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2003. He has over 52 years experience in ICT with over 42 years in all aspects of cybersecurity, commercial cryptography and public policy concerns in the area. Worked for Hewlett-Packard Company and Control Data Corporation. PhD in nuclear physics / high speed data acquisition via IBM 1800/System 360/50 DACS combination. Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Life Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of ISC2, Hon CISM (ISACA), Member IFIP TC-11 Specialties: cybersecurity, network / information security & assurance, policy in cybersecurity & ICT industry, cyberwarfare/conflict/defence, cybersecurity education, SCADA/DACS security, trusted systems, SELinux, Trusted/CMW Solaris, Trusted XENIX, Trusted UNIX, SEVMS.