This is Not a Drill: A Hypothetical Cybersecurity Crisis

This Is Not a Drill: A Hypothetical Cybersecurity Crisis

What happens when critical infrastructure comes under attack, and risks escalate with each passing hour? How could we respond to multipronged cyber-attacks, crippling power supply and public institutions? And what if the threat appears to have been instigated by one of our regional neighbours?

At the second event in our This Is Not a Drill series, Ali Moore and our expert panellists confronted a high-stakes hypothetical security hack, weighing up threats and options and devising the best tactical response at pace.

Presented in partnership with Asialink, the University of Melbourne.


Portrait of Ali Moore

Ali Moore

Ali Moore has more than 25 years experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia's Nine Network, and for the BBC's global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.

She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist and a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.

Portrait of Marlene Kanga

Marlene Kanga

Marlene Kanga is President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), the peak body for engineering institutions internationally representing some 100 engineering institutions and approximately 30 million engineers.

She is also a Board member of Sydney Water Corporation, advisor to Innovation Australia and Chair of the R&D Incentives Committee, the largest government program supporting innovation, board member of AirServices Australia and other boards involving innovation. Marlene is a director of iOmniscient Pty. Ltd. which has developed artificial intelligence technologies for resilient and smart cities.

Portrait of Alastair MacGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon

Alastair MacGibbon leads the implementation of the government’s Cyber Security Strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber resilient nation.

As Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and the National Cyber Security Adviser, MacGibbon drives the creation and strengthening of partnerships between Australian governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability. Prior to taking up his appointment MacGibbon was Australia’s first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an agent with the Australian Federal Police.

Portrait of Megan Haas

Megan Haas

Megan Haas is a cyber and forensics services partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Megan returned to Melbourne in January 2017 after spending 6 years based in Hong Kong, working across Asia. 

After spending many years advising audit committees as part of the assurance practice specialising in business and Information Technology processes and controls, Megan is now focused on working with her clients to increase stakeholder confidence and governance of cyber security and privacy, corruption risks, anti-fraud programmes, compliance and post–incident remediation. Megan has over thirty years experience in information risk management.

Portrait of Tobias Feakin

Tobias Feakin

Tobias Feakin is Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia's whole‑of‑government international engagement to advance and protect Australia's national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in the internet and in cyberspace. 

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre.

Portrait of Dottie Schindlinger

Dottie Schindlinger

Dottie Schindlinger is Vice President and the Governance Technology Evangelist for Diligent Corporation, the leading provider of secure corporate board communication and collaboration software used by over 400,000 directors and executives globally.  In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on governance, cybersecurity, and technology topics.

Dottie brings over twenty years’ experience in governance-related roles for private, public, and nonprofit boards.  She was a founding team member of the tech start-up, BoardEffect, a board management software provider focused on healthcare and nonprofit boards, acquired by Diligent in late 2016. 

Portrait of Craig Lapsley

Craig Lapsley

Craig Lapsley is Victoria's inaugural Emergency Management Commissioner, in place since July 2014. The Emergency Management Commissioner has overall responsibility for coordination before, during and after major emergencies including management of consequences of an emergency.

In 2010, Craig was appointed as Victoria’s first and only Fire Services Commissioner after 30 years in Australian emergency management. His previous roles include his appointment in 2007 as Director Emergency Management – Health and Human Services, with responsibility for the health sector emergency response to major incidents.