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Workshop 2

Cyber Security – Safe-guarding Your Business In A Hostile Connected World

7.30 - 9.30am, Wednesday 6 July 2016, Pullman Hotel, Auckland

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We live in an increasingly online and connected world. Businesses rely on technology for their operations, their interactions with customers and suppliers, and the delivery of their goods and services. However, this increased connectivity brings threats as well as opportunities. The number and sophistication of cyber attacks is on the rise and New Zealand is not insulated from these by its physical distance from the rest of the world. Cyber security has become a key external risk for directors and boards and is no longer an issue only for tech companies and technology professionals. What do directors and managers need to know to safeguard their businesses in this new environment?

  • What is the current state of play in terms of the type of Cyber-attacks we are seeing and where might things be going?
  • Who is behind these Cyber-attacks and what are they trying to achieve?
  • How are the attacks targeting businesses and individuals?
  • What is the response from the Government and other bodies?
  • What should New Zealand businesses be doing now and looking to do in the future to better protect themselves from a breach?
  • What should you do if your business suffers a breach? 


Paul Ash

Director, National Cyber Policy Office, at Department of the Prime Minister
and Cabinet

The National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) leads and coordinates the development and implementation of New Zealand’s cyber security policy. Paul has led the NCPO since it was established in July 2012.

Prior to his present role, Paul was a career diplomat, most recently serving as Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels from 2008 to 2012. Paul was previously Deputy Director of the International Security and Disarmament Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Paul also worked overseas in roles in Honiara, Beijing and Taipei. Paul has also worked in the Pacific, United Nations and Human Rights, and Development divisions of MFAT in Wellington.

Paul is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a B.A. Hons (1989), and the Chinese Language and Area Studies School of the Foreign Service Institute (1994).


Scott Bartlett

CEO, Kordia New Zealand Limited

As CEO of State Owned Enterprise Kordia New Zealand, Scott’s role is to lead the business as it becomes New Zealand’s leading provider of mission critical technology, and more recently cyber-security.

Under Scott’s stewardship Kordia New Zealand has prospered. The business declared a final dividend of $4m in 2013, and has continued to trade profitably after analogue switchoff. Kordia Group declared a profit of $9.2 million in 2015, beating its forecast by nearly 400 per cent and paying a special dividend of $5 million to the Crown.

In addition, Scott negotiated the sale of former subsidiary Orcon and expanded the SOE’s cyber-security portfolio with the purchase of Wellington-based Aura Information Security for $10.02m, becoming NZ’s leading cyber-security firm.


Michael Wallmannsberger

Chief Information Security Officer, Wynyard Group

Michael is an information security leader and experienced professional director with a broad range of skills and knowledge. Michael is known for his integrity, ability, technical acumen, flexibility, and community involvement and networks. In governance, Michael is known for being measured, insightful, articulate, and for his values-based approach.



Greg France

Principal, Lowndes

Greg is a member of Lowndes’ corporate and commercial team. With more than 15 years’ experience in legal practice, Greg has particular expertise in technology matters and the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property. Through his experience as an in-house lawyer, Greg has gained a deep understanding of how his clients operate, the challenges they face and the support they need from legal advisers.