The Evolution of AI in

Attack and Defense

The Cyber Risk Meetup is back! And this time, we are joining forces with (ISC)² and VSCL (The Victorian Society for Computers and the Law). This meetup will focus on the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and how it has been used in specific products to improve effectiveness of solutions. Together we will explore case studies of how organisations want to embrace AI, its impact and how AI/ Machine Learning is being applied in automated attacks and defense.


September 18, 2018, Tuesday

6:00pm to 6.30p.m

Networking & Refreshments

To kickstart the night, have a chat with your industry leaders at Privasec

during an informal session at the Geek Bar!

6.30p.m to 7.10p.m

Does AI make cybersecurity harder or easier? 

AI gives us tools of unprecedented power to track and respond to threats. But it gives these to our adversaries as well. How can we expect AI to affect the attack-defense relationship of forces in the medium term?

By Dr. Greg Adamson

AI vs. Security

By Tony Vizza

The role of AI in security testing

Why it is suitable, and why scripting does not work in this scenario for web applications

By Priya George

AI: The Tip of the Iceberg

Exploring how AI has been used in organisations to improve effectiveness of solutions

By Tony Jarvis

7.10p.m to 7.40p.m

Panel Q&A

7.40p.m to 8p.m

Closing & Networking Drinks


Tony Vizza

Director of Cybersecurity Advocacy, APAC, (ISC)²

Priya George

CEO & Co-founder,

NIMIS Cybersecurity


Dr Greg Adamson

Principal, Digital Risk Innovation Chair, IEEE Design for Ethics Ad Hoc Associate Professor,

Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Tony Jarvis

Chief Strategist

- APAC, Middle East & Africa

Check Point Software Technologies

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Tony Vizza has been involved in the information technology and information security fields for more than 25 years. His information security credentials include CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and he is a certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Auditor. Tony has an accomplished, business, technical and engineering background, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, and recently completed his Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney which included study at Stanford University, The London School of Economics and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He is currently studying for a Juris Doctor degree at the University of New South Wales. Tony is a longstanding member of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and has provided expert services to the Australian Government’s Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Law Society of NSW, the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) as well as numerous boards, and is an expert speaker on information security. Tony is a contributor to CSO Magazine, Security Insider Magazine, Australian Reseller News (ARN), Channel Reseller News (CRN) and Lifehacker regarding information security, business and channel strategy.

Tony Jarvis represents Check Point Software Technologies as Chief Strategist for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. He engages in thought leadership activities aimed at raising awareness of modern cyber threats and improving security practices for senior business leaders, the cyber security community and the general public. He has held a variety of senior roles within the cybersecurity, financial services and telecommunications industries. This has entailed growing the organisational presence across the region and managing security services for some of the world’s most recognisable companies. As an expert on the cyber threat landscape, Tony is frequently asked to deliver keynote presentations at security conferences, has been interviewed and quoted in the media, and contributed articles to a variety of publications. He also works with clients as a trusted advisor, guiding them through major cyber security transformation projects and initiatives.

Priya George is CEO of NIMIS Cybersecurity, a Techstars backed company. Her team has delivered security services to Australian and US intelligence agencies, NAB, ANZ bank, BAE Systems and technology companies. Prior to NIMIS, Priya was the CEO of Necessary Security & National Cybersecurity Institute a security consulting company focused on security architecture, and evaluating emerging cybersecurity technology products. Priya spent the first 13 years of her career leading significant transformation projects in technology, organisational restructure, and people engagement – mining, energy, water, financial services, technology and government. Priya also co-founded an analytics and video software company that came out of two years of technology R&D as part of a motorsport business. She has a passion for cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, technology, classic cars, good food, and the beach. NIMIS Cybersecurity is the next generation of penetration testing. NIMIS is an artificial intelligence based penetration testing platform, currently for web applications. Why? Traditional penetration testing can’t keep up with today’s agile DevOps environment and applications are changing rapidly. Alternatives such a vulnerability scanning are inaccurate with false positives and negatives. According to SANS institute, web applications account for more than 60% of targets in cyber-attack attempts in the internet. NIMIS provides on-demand testing to continuously harden a web application’s attack surface. Based in Melbourne, Australia NIMIS is Techstars backed company.

Dr Greg Adamson is the Chair at IEEE for the Special Interest Group on Blockchain. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Dr. Greg is also an Associate Professor and Enterprise Fellow for Cyber Security at the University of Melbourne. He has worked in cyber security for 25 years, primarily in financial services.

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