Announcing the Technology Surprise Forum by the NSSTC and DST

Safeguarding Australia 2019 will see the National Security Science & Technology Centre (NSSTC) convene the new Technology Surprise Forum.

It will seek to highlight a range of high impact future technologies that will likely influence the Australian National Security landscape over the next 5 to 10 years.

Find out more information about the forum and registration.

April 23rd 2019

Dinner Keynote AnnouncementDirector of U.S Defense Security Services (DSS) Daniel E. Payne at our signature annual national security dinner event on May 8.

Keynotes announced: Elizabeth Bodine Baron and representatives from the U.S. State Dept. and FBI

Elizabeth Bodine Baron of Rand Corporation (U.S.)

With the recent unprecedented and sophisticated hack of Australia’s major political parties and at the heart of our democracy by undoubtedly a major state actor, Elizabeth will present on the recent Russian influence campaign to disrupt the U.S. presidential election and will address the pressing issue of foreign interference through media manipulation on national sovereignty.

The Counterintelligence Division (CD) is a division of the National Security Branch of The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) division that protects the United States against foreign intelligence operations and espionage.

U.S State Department representatives

Representative from the U.S State Department Nick Pitrowicz and Ryan Pardee from the FBI will be presenting on

  • Counter Intelligence to protect our people and information — Nick Pietrowicz,  U.S State Department

  • Cyber aspects of counter intelligence — Ryan Pardee, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Calls for Expressions of Interest: The National Security Science and Technology Forum

The National Security Science and Technology Forum will provide participants with a valuable overview of state-of-the art case studies, modelling tools and research projects in areas covering cyber-security, bio-security, biometrics, forensics, social influence, and protective structures and materials.

Threats to national security may include terrorist attacks, malevolent and insider attacks, and military threats to personnel or infrastructure. Leading practitioners, researchers and clients are invited to make presentations or attend.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, 15 March COB

Find out more information about the National Security Science and Technology Forum.

Safeguarding Australia Summit returns in 2019

In 2019, Safeguarding Australia is back with a new focus - Confronting and countering the threats from Espionage, Foreign Interference and Subversion.

Across 8 and 9 May 2019, Safeguarding Australia will bring government and industry together to counter the threats facing all Australians. Safeguarding Australia will unite international and Australian experts to explore the issues in this space; considering the past, present and future of security response.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has warned that espionage and political interference by foreign powers is at unprecedented levels in Australia and poses a major risk to security.

Duncan Lewis, the Director-General of ASIO, told a Senate estimates hearing that he was concerned about escalating activities.

“Hostile intelligence poses a real and potential existential threat to Australian security and sovereignty,” Mr Lewis said. “The harm from this threat may not manifest for many years, even decades, after the activities occur. We are concerned about threats from wherever they emanate.”

According to the Lowy Institute, foreign interference has not seeped into the Australian consciousness in the way terrorism has. In this year’s Lowy Institute poll, terrorism was cited as the No.1 “critical threat” facing Australians. Foreign interference ranked eighth – behind the US presidency of Donald Trump.

While the public has not recognised this growing threat, the Australian Parliament has. In June 2018, the Senate passed laws that amount to the most significant overhaul of Australia’s security and foreign interference laws in decades – creating new espionage offences, introducing tougher penalties on spies and establishing a register of foreign political agents.

Safeguarding Australia 2019 will focus on this and more, over one and a half days of plenary sessions, followed by two highly focussed workshops:

  • Cybersecurity – defeating the foreign adversary and;

  • Insider Threat – people and the culture of security.