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Monthly Social and Speaker Event - “Impacts of AI and Strategic Risk Management in Organisations and Projects”
Monthly Social and Speaker Event - “Impacts of AI and Strategic Risk Management in Organisations and Projects”

Thu, 09 Nov


WOTSO, Grd floor, 162 Macquarie St, Hobart

Monthly Social and Speaker Event - “Impacts of AI and Strategic Risk Management in Organisations and Projects”

You asked for it so we are bringing it to you! Join us for our November Monthly Social Meet-up event where we will hear from two amazing speakers on the topics of Artificial Intelligence and Strategic Risk Management for Organisations and Projects!

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Time & Location

09 Nov 2023, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WOTSO, Grd floor, 162 Macquarie St, Hobart

About the event


“The battleground of the future is digital, and AI is the undisputed weapon of choice.”

William Dixon and Nicole Eagan, “3 ways AI will change the nature of cyber attacks,” World Economic Forum, June 19, 2019.

Whether we realize it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) play a part in every second of our lives. From the moment we wake, smart devices decide what time to turn on our heaters and our lights, social media uses complex algorithms to select what news to promote to us, and Google Maps navigates us through our day. Even while we sleep, AI monitors our sleeping patterns—with the proliferation of smart devices like Google Home and Apple Watches—identifying when we have had a good night’s sleep and even monitoring our health.

Speaker - Simon Bray, Cloud and Alliances Manager, Fortinet

Simon is the Cloud and Alliances Manager driving successful outcomes for Customers, Partners, Cloud Providers and Alliances. Simon started from a strong technical background and became the "go to" consultant for disaster recovery solutions with customers including Virgin Airlines. During his career, Simon has worked for 12 years in an advisory capacity for large Enterprise and Government such as Department of Defence, ATO, and Telstra. As the Cyber Threat Landscape grew and the attack surface increased Simon saw that prevention rather than cure was where he needed to focus his efforts. Simon now works to help protect businesses from the ever changing landscape of modern cyber threats.


In this short presentation, Joe Saunders from the Institute of Strategic Risk Management and Risk 2 Solution Group will explore the topic of humans as a strategic risk. Joe will unpack areas where people may create vulnerabilities or threats, but also how empowering your teams to be Risk Leaders can open the door to incredible opportunity.

Speaker - Joe Saunders, CPP SRMCP RPP F.ISRM

Joe is a seasoned integrated risk specialist with experience across many varied industries. His background melds hard-won, on-the-ground experience in areas such as protective security, work health and safety, and emergency management, with a firm academic foundation in psychology, business administration, and risk management. At Risk 2 Solution Group, Joe spearheads the security, consulting and training divisions. He is a regular consultant for a diverse array of sectors, including healthcare, retail, education, aviation, public transport, and human services, providing his expert insights and recommendations. In 2021, Joe received the esteemed accolade of Outstanding Security Consultant of the Year. The following year, he was listed among IFSEC Global's Top Thought Leaders in Security, a testament to his influence in the industry. More recently, in 2023, he was runner-up for the prestigious RMIA Risk Consultant of the Year award. Joe currently serves as the Regional Vice President in the Australia/New Zealand region for the Institute of Strategic Risk Management.

Guests are invited to start arriving from  5:00pm with speakers kicking off from 5:45pm.  The in-person event will be held in the WOTSO function room, 162 Macquarie Street, Hobart.  If attending virtually, please start logging in from 5:30pm.

Event Sponsor - Fortinet

For over 20 years, Fortinet has been a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our security solutions are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry.

Event Co-Hosts - TasICT and the Institute for Strategic Risk Management

The Institute of Strategic Risk Management has been established in order to create a global centre where practitioners, academics and policy makers can come together to share information, help progress and promote the underlying understanding and capabilities associated with strategic risk and crisis management, and develop their own personal and professional networks.

TasICT unites diverse tech stakeholders in our thriving Digital Ecosystem. We champion collaboration, innovation, and growth for a vibrant, future-ready community.

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