Cyber by the Sea Sundowner
an SBA and WA AustCyber Innovation Hub event

2020 has thrown many challenges at small businesses, but our biggest challenge to face is upon us – cyber security. No matter what industry you’re in, who you are, or where you’re located, everyone is a potential target for cyber criminals and the threat to your business continuity is very real.

Come and join our guest speakers - Simon Carabetta of the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub,  Andrea Dearden from the WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Association and Silvana Macri from Stay Cyber Safe - as they answer your questions about cyber security and provide real solutions to how you can protect your business, your customers, and your information.

You will also have the chance to network and connect with the SBA community at our favourite coastal catch up spot - The Sandbar, Scarborough. 

Guest speakers

A former high school media studies teacher, Simon has brought his love of educating and speaking with others into his role as Project and Engagement Coordinator at the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub. A relative ‘newbie’ to the cyber security industry, Simon developed a keen interest in understanding why people fall for online scams while doing an overseas teaching stint in Dubai. It was this curiosity of social engineering and the ’human factor’ in cyber attacks that led Simon to pursue a career in this industry.

Simon was the architect behind the first employee cyber education program at Water Corporation in 2019 and it was through building his network and knowledge of the mechanisms within the cyber security industry, that he became part of the AustCyber team.

Simon has a bachelor in Communications from ECU, a graduate diploma in education through ECU, and is currently studying his Masters in cyber security through ECU. 

Simon Carabetta 

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Andrea is an industry specialist and has worked in ICT for over 20 years holding a number of senior leadership roles both in Government, not-for-profit and the private sector.

Andrea is passionate about supporting individuals and business reach their full potential and currently supports a number of charities in a volunteer capacity. 

  • She is the current Chair of the Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA).
  • The Vice Chair for not for profit disability service provider ‘Cahoots’, and
  • an honorary member for the ACS Scholarship Foundation. 

After a period of study, Andrea finally pursued her dream to join the Cyber Security Industry and is now a GRC Security Consultant for ES2. 

Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business. 

Andrea Dearden

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Silvana Macri as the Chief Cyber Saver is a well experienced, qualified & respected in digital transformation projects and programs of work, Silvana Macri has focused on cyber security within critical infrastructure, her role in the Utilities (Water & Power) sector but also to manage strategic relationships and build a program of work in the digital transformation group.

Silvana was instrumental in the development and leadership approval of the Cyber Security Strategy at Water Corporation (WA’s biggest water utility) and more recently led the City of Joondalup Digital Ready Program 2020 from April to enhancing digital capabilities of small to medium enterprises - now more crucial than ever so businesses can thrive in an economy that is now reliant predominantly on online transactions. She has managed ground-breaking digital infrastructure projects and programming for small to medium-sized businesses and for state and federal governments.

Silvana is an active member of the Australian Women Security Network (AWSN), has been on the committee  - Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and Women in IT WA and in 2019 founded Stay Cyber Safe with a commitment to delivering effective Cyber Security Training Programs to Australian enterprises.

Her passion is protecting small to medium enterprises from the inevitable cyber attack.

Silvana Macri

Event Details

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

5pm - 7pm

📍 The Sandbar - 1 Scarborough Beach Road, Scarborough

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