14th Safeguarding Australia Summit 2017, Canberra

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 to Thursday, 4 May 2017 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

QT Canberra, Canberra, Australia


Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity


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Competing priorities, growing threats and increasing complexity will continue to present fundamental challenges to Australia’s national security agenda in the coming years.

Public and private security professionals — policy makers, practitioners and providers — will be forced to address a wide range of issues which have developed over recent decades and continue to grow, such as violent extremism, cyber threats (from lone and state actors), border control and legislation.

In coming years, they will need to also contend with the security issues inherent in societal issues, adding known-unknown dimensions to an already complex national security agenda, most notably an aging population, technology creeping into all facets of life, and diversity in the workplace reflecting an increasingly cosmopolitan society.

Safeguarding Australia 2017 will help face those challenges and shape the security agenda, by taking as its most demanding theme to date: Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity.

For over 14 years, the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), a not-for-profit network of security policy makers, professionals and academics, has gathered at the Safeguarding Australia annual national security summit, to hear from high level speakers representing both government and corporate viewpoints, exchange ideas, debate issues, and learn about techniques, cases studies and ground-breaking research, to meet the security challenges of today and the solutions for tomorrow.

In addition to briefings on current policies, trends and activities, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will go further by drawing on local and international experts to examine three overarching themes affecting the way security and risk is managed to protect the nation, namely:
1. Innovation, exploring knowledge around technology, standards and research;
2. Leadership, focusing on the next generation, the greying population, and education; and
3. Diversity, in particular the role of communications as security tool addressing disparate ethnicities, genders and culture.

In addition to a pre-conference workshop currently being designed, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will begin by outlining current challenges and activities and lead into defining future directions and solutions.

Highlights include:

Day 0: 2nd May 2017 Pre-conference Workshop (0930 - 1700)

Workshop Schedule

Morning: Trusted Information Sharing issues and strategies

Afternoon: Developing global security standards

Day 1: 3rd May 2017 Facing challenges
Morning: Status briefings
Senior Government, intelligence and law enforcement briefings
• Current and future challenges surrounding Australia’s national security
• Terrorism trends abroad fomenting threats at home
• Serious & Organised Crime undermining society
• The challenges of effective policy, policing operations, and private security

Afternoon: Current activities
Insights from academia and security professionals
• Research trends, analysis, and co-ordination
• The role of standards - locally and internationally
• Continuing issue of countering violent extremism
• Counting the cost of security failures

Conference Dinner: Keynote Speaker (TBA)

Day 2: 4th May 2017 Finding solutions
Morning: Capacity building
Policymakers, experts and practitioners explore
• Establishing strong and effective border control
• Aviation security models of co-operation in the air and on the ground
• Security technology: how convergence and open-source innovation is reshaping the last bastion ‘black box’ thinking.
• Mitigating cyber threats and leveraging digital age opportunities
• Combining forces: domestic and transnational co-operation between government agencies and private security

Afternoon: Developing a security culture
Security professionals, leaders, and advisors explain
• Education demands to meet dynamic future needs
• Next Generation security & risk management — leadership today and tomorrow’s leaders
• Community resilience and developing credible voices

Previous speakers have included:
• Government ministers
• Senior policy makers and advisors
• World class academics and experts
• Respected practitioners

Attendee profile

Safeguarding Australia is the only high-level conference run by and for leading thinkers, policymakers and practitioners in the national security domain, working across whole-of-government at state and federal levels, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as engaging with corporate and private security practitioners and providers. Past attendees include: Senior representatives from security, intelligence, military and law enforcement • Risk and security managers and consultants • Agency security advisors • Critical infrastructure owners and operators • Engineers, scientists, technologists, researchers and academics • Corporate and business executives responsible for security and risk.

Safeguarding Australia is your opportunity to engage with high calibre speakers, content and relevance — marrying theory and practice — to help understand security and risk, define your organisation’s security agenda, and play your part in keeping Australia secure.

For more information and updates and to register to attend, please visit: www.safeguardingaustraliasummit.org.au

Safeguarding Australia is Australia’s premier national security conference series. The annual summit is organised by the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), an Australian Research Council funded research cooperative.For further information please visit http://rnsa.org.au/

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