Thought Leadership Series (Sydney) - Cybersecurity: The new frontier for business risk

25 October, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:30
KPMG, Level 38, Tower Three, International Towers, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, NSW 2000

A presentation by UQ Business School academic Dr Micheal Axelsen and Stan Gallo, Partner with KPMG Forensic, will discuss how the digital revolution has enabled new business models, deeper customer analytics and new methods of engagement with stakeholders.

The reality of this new world also brings with it an increased risk to business from a place that only a few decades ago was not existent in the business world at all - the internet. This session will take a discreet peek behind the curtain and into cyberspace for a non-technical look at the new frontier for business risk. Whilst the internet has fundamentally changed the way we do business, it is not without its own set of unique risks - malware, ransomware, social engineering, intellectual property theft, fraud and rogue employees are just a few.

Get a unique insight from a team that undertakes complex computer and internet related investigations in cyberspace and find out what can, and what does, occur on an almost daily basis in business.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to hear about what can happen when things go wrong and what can be done to prevent them in the first place, while networking with fellow UQ alumni and industry guests.


Micheal Axelsen, UQ Business School

Micheal holds the position of Lecturer (Business Information  Systems) in the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland.

Micheal is an experienced IS professional and accountant (FCPA of  CPA Australia) with 15 years' experience in the area of IS consulting.  This experience and career includes the evaluation of IS Projects, IS  audit and IT management and governance. Micheal's published  research is in the areas of the use of intelligent decision aids,  Information Systems (IS) audit, Information Technology (IT)  governance. Prior to receiving his PhD, Micheal chaired the IT & Management Centre of Excellence for CPA Australia. Professionally, Micheal is a Fellow of CPA Australia, and was awarded the president's Award for contributions to the management of information systems in 2004.

Micheal has more than 15 years industry experience as a Director in an IS consulting practice with public, private and community sector organisations as clients. He has significant experience in facilitating development programs, and currently teaches into the UQ Master of Business Administration program and the Master of Commerce program at UQ. Micheal's professional experience as an accountant, as a Director in the area of IS Consulting, and IS research expertise provides a strong foundation for delivering engaging educational programs and business-relevant research at UQ  Business School.

Stan Gallo, KPMG

Stan is a Partner with KPMG Forensic and the National Leader of  the Australian KPMG Forensic Technology teams with 30 years  investigation and forensic technology experience. He also leads  Cyber Incident Response services for KPMG in Australia and co-  leads the services internationally providing strategic direction and  crisis management in an ever changing technology environment.

Stan has been involved in a multitude of cyber incident events and crisis matters from the small and medium business sector to large listed entities. He has provided expert affidavits, testimony and acted in the court appointed independent expert role in relation to the use of computer systems across a range of matters including data theft, intellectual property disputes, unauthorised access and distribution of information, compliance, fraud and misconduct.

He has authored technology related articles in a range of publications and has been involved in numerous media appearances, publications both in Australia and internationally.

As a former deep cover police operative, Stan has a unique perspective on all manner of nefarious activities having lived numerous lives including trafficking in narcotics, firearms and electronic data - he has lived these risks. A risk management specialist in the identification, seizure and analysis of digital evidence in the fields of cyber incident response and computer forensics, Stan combines his unique insights with traditional investigative skills and forensic technology expertise to bring a different perspective in assisting clients.