Business Sydney | BDO

Understanding Threats & Challenges:

A Cybersecurity Update

Professor Niloufer Selvadurai, Brian Grant, Grant Saxon, Ross Widdows and Chun Lum

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm



Business Sydney



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Cyber Security is a rapidly growing threat to Australian business with a large swathe of executive leadership teams still unprepared for the risks that online attacks present. In fact, company directors may be held personally responsible for cyber-attacks under new standards being discussed with industry as government research shows cybercrime is costing our economy about $3.5 billion a year

Attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, so it is imperative that boards and senior leadership teams understand the right questions to be asking internally concerning their organisation’s cyber security risk strategy.

Attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, so it is imperative that boards and senior leadership teams understand the right questions to be asking internally concerning their organisation’s cyber security risk strategy.

We held an important lunch with Sydney business leaders to discuss their understanding of threats & challenges of cybersecurity.

The discussion with business leaders and industry experts was aimed at learning how to be properly prepared and how to successfully execute cyber security strategies with the objective to better protect businesses from severe financial loss, better enable the safe monetisation of data, incur less down time and ultimately protect the privacy of businesses, clients and customers.

Business Sydney would like to thank BDO for supporting this event.

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Special Guest

Professor Niloufer Selvadurai

Program Director, Legal and Ethics of Cyber, Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub, Macquarie University

Professor Niloufer Selvadurai is a technology law scholar at Macquarie University. Niloufer researches and teaches on the effective governance of emerging and evolving technologies. She explores how technological change undermines the efficacy of laws, especially in the fields of digital finance, cyber security, data privacy, telecommunications and IP, and how legal frameworks can be reimagined to accommodate technological change. A feature of her work is interdiscplinary collaborations with computing, engineering and finance.

Niloufer is the Program Director of Legal and Ethics of Cyber at the Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub. She is an academic partner of the Digital Finance CRC that has been awarded government and industry funding over a 10 year period to develop a commercial, technological and regulatory framework for the digitisation of real-world assets. Niloufer is a member of the 'RegTech with Algorithmic Real-Time Enforcement' research program team.

In 2021, Niloufer was invited to participate in SIENNA (Stakeholder informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact), European Union H2020 research and innovation programme, University of Twente, Netherlands. Other multinstitutional research projects include a 2021 fintech project with Qatar, and information technology projects with Malaysia, Vietnam, Belgium, Greece and the United Kingdom. Niloufer has advised government and industry on issues relating to digital privacy, cybercrime and telecommunications law and has been the lead author of Australia's submission to the World Congress of AIPPI on multiple occasions. Niloufer teaches technology law and intellectual property law, is a member of the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committees (Medical Sciences) and was formerly Deputy Dean, Planning and Operations, of the Macquarie Law School.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Niloufer practised as a solicitor in the media, technology and telecommunications group at Ashurst and worked at Allens. Niloufer is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Technology Policy Law and the Telecommunications Editor of the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law.

Qualifications include BA LLB (First Class Hons) from the University of Sydney and a PhD from Macquarie University. 

Brian Grant

ANZ Director, Thales

Brian Grant is the Thales Regional Director with responsibility for the Data Protection business in Australia and New Zealand. He started his career in technology when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force almost 40 years ago. Since then, he has had extensive hands on and leadership experience in delivering innovative and unique solutions for organisations, with a particular emphasis on networking and cybersecurity. In the past decade he has held country management roles for a number of technology start-ups and is passionately committed to the embedding of security in digital platforms to assure confidentiality, integrity and availability in our data dependent world.

grant Saxon

Sydney Office Managing Partner, BDO

Grant is the Managing Partner of BDO’s Sydney office and a senior partner in the Sydney audit practice. He provides strategic leadership to the Sydney team as well as providing audit and assurance services to a range of key clients.

Grant’s experience also covers the valuation of businesses and intangible assets, mergers and acquisitions, and company floats as well as strategic and business planning, business improvement, risk management and corporate governance.

Grant has broad industry experience and is the engagement partner on audits for a number of companies across a wide range of industry sectors with specific expertise in professional services, financial services, technology and real estate. He also works with a number of clients in the arts community, manufacturing, and service sectors. 

Ross Widdows

Partner, Cyber Security, BDO

Ross is a Cyber Security and Technology Partner in BDO’s Sydney advisory practice. With more than 15 years’ experience, Ross has worked around the world, including operational roles across industry and providing consulting services at professional firms in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

In his role at BDO, Ross leads the cyber security team which provides cyber security, data governance, technology risk and GRC services.

Ross has supported some of Australia’s most successful established organisations and start-ups in achieving confidence in their cyber strategies, thus allowing them to focus on their business goals with confidence. Through this, he has developed a strong network of contacts at the board and senior level across the cyber security space, as well as more broadly across multiple industry sectors and with regulators.

With a strong background in cyber security, Ross’ core expertise lies in helping organisations to identify and protect their essential information assets and develop fit for purpose cyber strategies and control environments.

Chun Lum

General Manager of Information Technology, Certis Security

Chun Lum is the General Manager of Information Technology for Certis Security Australia. Chun has over 20 years of experience as CIO/CTO/Head of IT, delivering strategies, application development, product innovation, process digitalization and IT operations.

Chun has worked in various multi-national and start-ups ranging from industries dealing with fintech, banking, human resources, manufacturing and SAAS product provider.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Computing and Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales. 

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