• Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Colin Boyd
Professor of Information Security
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Prior to moving to Norway in 2013, Colin was a professor at Queensland University of Technology where he contributed to research and teaching for almost 18 years. His earlier professional experience was at University of Manchester and British Telecom Research Labs. Trained as a mathematician, Colin has had a fascination with cryptography for 30 years, with a particular interest in interactive cryptographic protocols.

Simon Pope
Computer and Network Security Manager
Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC)

Simon Pope leads the Security Vulnerability Response group at Microsoft's Security Response Center (MSRC) which is dedicated to helping protect users by fostering security vulnerability research; working with finders to responsibly disclose vulnerabilities in Microsoft's products and services; and fixing them as quickly as possible. In his career, he has worked in government, enterprise, and academia and has held science, technology, and business roles across a variety of institutions and enterprises including Australia's DSTO and IBM T. J. Watson Research. He has degrees in computer science, cognitive science, and management, and his specialisation is at the nexus of computing and psychology.

Dr Jason Smith
Technical Director

Dr Jason Smith is the Technical Director of CERT Australia, Australia's national computer emergency response team. In this role, he leads a team of technical experts responsible for providing advice and assistance to owners and operators of systems of national interest so they can better prevent, detect and respond to an increasingly hostile environment. Before joining CERT Australia in 2009, Dr Smith spent the previous decade as a cyber-security researcher and consultant with the Information Security Institute, providing services and advice on information infrastructure protection to government and critical infrastructure utilities. Dr Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering and Data Communications and a doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology.