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RISSB Rail Cyber Security Conference

Threats and opportunities of a digital railway

11-12 September 2018 | Hotel Jen, Brisbane



Following the success of the inaugural RISSB Rail Cyber Security Conference, RISSB and Informa are proud to announce that this year’s conference will be held on the 11 and 12 September 2018 at Hotel Jen, Brisbane.

From driverless trains to new signalling and communications systems, the Australian rail industry is embracing the automation and innovation of the digital railway. With new frontiers come new dangers and recent examples, both near and far, show us how crucial cyber security has become for critical infrastructure systems. Infrastructure damage, threats to safety, disruptions, economic loss and data breaches are all possible outcomes from compromised operational technology.

To increase your understanding of these vulnerabilities and discuss strategies to protect your rail assets, the 2018 RISSB Rail Cyber Security Conference will build upon the foundations set by the case-studies and open discussions shared in 2017. It will bring together experts from across the cyber security field, government agencies, leading technology suppliers and academics to address all of your concerns in safeguarding your critical rail infrastructure from cyber threats.


  • Lynn Moore, Acting First Assistant Director General, Engagement, Operations and Intelligence, Australian Cyber Security Centre / Australian Signals Directorate
  • Pablo Carpay, First Assistant Secretary, Critical Infrastructure Security, Department of Home Affairs
  • Şebnem Kürklü, Cyber Security Manager, Aurizon
  • Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical, ONRSR
  • Alison Day, GM Information & Communication Technology, Queensland Rail
  • Chris Draper, Signals & Telecommunications Engineer, KiwiRail
  • Steve Sammartino, Futurist and Business Technologist
  • Dr Ernest Foo, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Rachael Falk, CEO, Australian Cyber Security Research Centre

Topics will include:

  • Evolving threat profile: Cyber security outlook for Australia
  • Technical case studies
  • Managing threats to the railway network and supply chain
  • Response and recovery strategies
  • Culture, awareness and training
  • Capability and leadership
  • Moving from legacy systems
  • Security system updates: Software and vendor solutions
  • Protecting existing control systems
  • The convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT)
  • Integration or Isolation of (OT and IT) networks?
  • The commercial importance of security governance
  • Protect, detect, respond and recover: Cyber Security Management Systems

Conference Dinner


The conference dinner is a fantastic opportunity to continue sharing experiences, networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. After a day of discussions on the future cyber threats and opportunities for the industry, step back in time at the Queensland Museum.

Attendees will enjoy a curated tour of Lost Creatures – some of Queensland’s long-lost inhabitants, including dinosaurs such as the famous Muttaburrasaurus, giant marine reptiles and megafauna. Find out about the challenges they faced at a time of great upheaval and change.

Things to see and do include:

  • New 3D digital models of dinosaurs and megafauna
  • A full-size reconstruction of a Rhoetosaurus hind leg (over 2 metres tall!)
  • Sections of dinosaur footprints from Lark Quarry that have never been displayed before
  • Multimedia displays showing selected Queensland dinosaurs at their full size
  • Touchable fossil of an unidentified marine reptile

The conference dinner is open exclusively to conference attendees and invited industry guests. Register at the time of your conference booking.

when & where

11 - 12 Sep 2018

Hotel Jen
159 Roma Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000
+61 7 3238 2222

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Tina Karas
Conference Manager
02 9080 4408

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
02 9080 4432

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