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Governance

The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

cyber security Committee

 

  • Mr David Thompson

    Chair
    MACS Snr

    David has more than 30 years experiencein digital transformation and emerging technology initiatives, digital forensic and security analytics, technology security and risk consulting, cyber / security incident response and investigation.David’s previous roles include 15 years as a Partner andnational leader of Deloitte’s technology forensic and e-business security consulting practices and also led a number of technology innovation initiatives, the Head of Risk and Security for a banking industry smart card electronic cash payment scheme and a20-year career with Victoria Police, where he founded the computer / cyber crime investigation function and led a range of operational digital transformation initiatives.David’s experience in computer / cyber forensic investigation has included leading anumber Australia’s early computer / cyber crime prosecutions and more recently the provision of computer and security incident investigation and civil litigation technology forensic expert services for large commercial, Government sector and law firm clients.David has extensive experience in the security design, review and testing of Internet and corporate network and system risks and controls. He has led the delivery of numerous security assessments for national and multi-national corporations which have included security vulnerability and exploitation testing and review of network infrastructure, systems, applications and device security.David has held a number of senior advisory roles with International government, academic and business industry technology bodies, including Interpol and the International Organisation for Computer Evidence.He has also been globally recognised by Who’s Who Legal as a Digital Forensic Investigation Expert and also nominated the Asia-Pacific region’s Thought Leader in Digital Forensics

  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic

    Vice-Chair

  • Mr Ajoy Ghosh

    MACS Snr

    Ajoy Ghosh has 20+ years experience in cyber security. After graduating as a Computer Engineer, he spent a number of years in various capacities in law enforcement, banking, consultancy and government.Ajoy is the author of Standard Australia’s Handbook 171 Guidelines on the Management of IT Evidence and co-author of Handbook 231 InformationSecurity Risk Management Guidelines (now ISO 27005). He advises a number of industry and government committees on cyber security and terrorism. He also lectures in cybercrime, computer evidence and cyber warfare to post-graduate law and international studies students.Ajoy is an accredited assessor, under the Australian Signals Directorate’s Infosec Registered Assessor Program (IRAP), a Certified Information Security Systems Practitioner (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), an Australian Computer Society Certified Professional (ACS-CP) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).In 2016 Ajoy was appointed by the Governor of NSW to the Board of St John Ambulance, serving the homes, workplaces and public gatherings of NSW. He also serves as an Instructor of Cadets for the Australian Army Cadets.

  • Professor Gernot Heiser

    Professor Gernot Heiser is Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair of Operating Systems at UNSW Sydney and Chief Research Scientist at Data61, CSIRO. He is a world leader in research and development of operating systems that are able to ensure the security and safety of cyber systems. He has a 20-year track record of building high-performance operating-system microkernels as a minimal basis for trustworthy systems.He is the founder and past leader of Data61’s Trustworthy Systems group which pioneered large-scale formal verification of systems code, specifically the design, implementation and formal verification of the seL4 microkernel; seL4 is now being designed into real-world security and safety-critical systems. Heiser's former company Open Kernel Labs, acquired by General Dynamics in 2012, marketed the OKL4 microkernel, which shipped on billions of mobile wireless chips and more recently ships on the secure enclave processor of all iOS devices.Heiser’s awards include ICT Researcher of the Year of the ACS (2015) and SEARCC (2016), Engineers Australia Entrepreneur of the Year (2014), the Warren Centre’s Innovation Hero Awards (2010), NSW Scientist of the Year, category Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (2009) and an iAward (2007). He is a Fellow of the ACM, the IEEE and the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

  • 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.

  • Dr Vikram Sharma

    Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the award-winning research conducted by the group, and is today positioned atthe forefront of the cybersecurity sector. The company's capabilities have been recognised through a number of prestigious Australian and international awards.Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram founded two successful start-up ventures in the information technology infrastructure and services spaces. He began his career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with a number of companies and government agencies in Australia. Vikram holds a master of science in computer science fromThe Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. He was presented the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014, Vikram was invited by the UK Government to join an expert panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme, and presently serves on the Industry Advisory Boards of AusCyber and the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University, and the Cybersecurity Technical Committee of the Australian Computer Society.

  • Emeritus Professor William Caelli

  • Mr Louay Ghashash

    Louay is an Executive Principal Consultant 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 John Graham

  • Mr Dilip Samji

    Dilip Samji is the Director of Cyber Security, Cyber Intelligence and Digital Forensics for DRC Australia, a part of the DRC International Group.Dilipspecializes 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.