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ASPI Webinar: National security agencies and the cloud - An urgent capability issue for Australia

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ASPI is delighted to invite you to the webinar discussion: National security agencies and the cloud - An urgent capability issue for Australia.

Many businesses and organisations know that the powerful processing, big-data analytics and versatile resource configurations that cloud systems provide are simply essential to their success. They have already shifted from traditional on-premises computing to on-demand cloud services or to private cloud systems that give them more control. The industry is also designing new applications and software that take advantage of the technical power of cloud infrastructure.

ASPI's special report, National security agencies and the cloud: An urgent capability issue for Australia, released last month, argues for rapid, large-scale investment in secure cloud infrastructure for Australia’s national security community, with the intelligence agencies an early focus. The report seeks to shift perceptions of new technology as capabilities, rather than as business enablers, and calls on agency executives to drive the required change.

Join report author's, ASPI's John Coyne and Michael Shoebridge, in discussion with Oracle's Rand Waldron and Jeff Ressin, alongside Jocelinn Kang, Analyst, ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre, moderated by ICPC's Danielle Cave.

The discussion will focus on the global experience with moving to cloud and why Australia needs a major investment in secure national cloud capabilities. This investment must be made by at least the intelligence organisations, with big defence and other less agile agencies following suit. Panellists be discussing the four obstacles that agencies will need to overcome.

If change doesn’t occur rapidly and comprehensively within Australian national security agencies, they will fall behind and be stuck with platforms that vendors only support as legacy activities (think Windows 7). Meanwhile, allies and adversaries will continue to take advantage of the new technology to scale up their operations and analysis and get the capability advantages from cloud systems.

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  • Team member
    Danielle Cave

  • Guest speaker
    Michael Shoebridge Director - Defence, Strategy & National Security @ ASPI

    Michael Shoebridge is the Director of ASPI’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program. He was a senior executive in the Defence organisation and has worked for 25 years in different parts of Australia’s national security community. His career has centred on the connection between strategy, capability and resources in national security.

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    Rand Waldron Senior Director of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Product Development @ Oracle

    Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Waldron was Deputy Assistant Director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, responsible for the FBI’s enterprise software and data. Prior to the FBI, Mr. Waldron served at the United States Department of Justice

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    Jeff Ressin Director National Security Regions at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure @ Oracle

    Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff served as the Deputy CIO at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was responsible for a large segment of the CIA’s enterprise IT infrastructure with the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • Guest speaker
    John Coyne Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement. Head of the North and Australia’s Security @ ASPI

    Dr John Coyne is Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security at ASPI. John was the inaugural head of ASPI’s Border Security Program, and more recently established the North and Australia’s Security program. John came to ASPI from the Australian Federal Police, where he worked on transnational serious organised crime, national security, and counter-terrorism. John has worked in intelligence and national security for over 25 years. He has been an intelligence professional at tactical, operational, and strategic levels across a range of military, regulatory, national security and law enforcement organisations.

  • Guest speaker
    Jo K Analyst @ ASPI

    Jocelinn was previously employed in the Department of Defence & Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She has experience in computer systems & network design, information security policy & an interest in data science, communications and surveillance technologies.

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The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australia’s strategic and defence leaders. ASPI generates new ideas for government, allowing them to make better-info...