Conference Times

13:00 Welcome Remarks – Jessica Dickers, Infrastructure Magazine

13:10 Keynote Address – Ian Oppermann, NSW Chief Data Scientist

13:45 Presentation – The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Australian Government

14:00 Panel – 'Data privacy and cyber security'


Robert Di Pietro, PwC Australia Cyber Security

Elena Sitnikova, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy
Frank Zeichner, IoT Alliance Australia

14:45 Presentation – Peter Colacino, Infrastructure Australia

15:15 Presentation - John Parkin, NBN Co

15:45 Conference close

Conference Program

5G, connectivity and the digital economy

The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP – Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Federal Government

Digital infrastructure: the infrastructure of the future

Dr. Ian Opperman – Chief Data Scientist, NSW Government

The move away from physical assets and towards cloud-based infrastructure is more significant than ever and this presentation explores a future world that is more digital and connected, and the impact of smart infrastructure, and technology.

Panel Session – Data privacy and cyber security

The risk of cyber attacks on Australia’s critical infrastructure is an increasing concern for the industry as asset breaches can have significant consequences including service disruption, financial loss, safety and national security.

With cloud-based infrastructure becoming indispensable to the functioning of society, this panel will explore how we need to have strong systems and processes in place to ensure our networks are secure and what this looks like moving forward.

Panellists include:

  • Robert Di Pietro – Partner, National Lead for Critical Infrastructure & Operational Technology, PwC Australia Cyber Security
  • Elena Sitnikova – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Research Leader, UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
  • Frank Zeichner – CEO, IoT Alliance Australia

The digital divide

Peter Colacino, Chief of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

This presentation will explore the digital divide between regional and metropolitan Australia, and the opportunities there are to increase digital access around the country.

An update on the NBN rollout and future demand

John Parkin, Chief Engineering Officer, NBN Co

Meet The Speakers

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