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Canberra Cyberworthiness Networking Event

November 16 @3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

If it was measured as a country, cybercrime would be the third largest economy behind the USA and China. Cost, theft of IP and data loss are concerning enough, however, an attack on critical infrastructure could cripple an economy, put lives at risk, and have a major impact on our nation’s sovereignty.

“Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted; none of these measures the weakest link in the security chain.”

                 – Kevin Mitnick in “The World’s Most Famous Hacker“, Fix Global in 2017

Join us in Canberra on Thursday the 16th of November 2023 as we explore the theme of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for Cyberworthiness presented by MEMKO Systems. During this event, you will learn how MBSE may be a secret weapon in preparing for and reducing the risk of cyber attacks. The event will feature three short presentations from experienced practitioners in the fields of Systems Engineering and Cyberworthiness, demonstrating how MBSE can be used to increase the resilience of your systems against cybersecurity risks.

Featuring industry case studies, engaging conversations and opportunity for Q&A, this is a FREE event not to be missed!




3:30pm – Arrival and Registration

4:00pm – Event Commence

4:05pm – Dr Stephen Craig & Dr Surya Nepal | Net Zero Transformation: Building Security and Resilience into the Future of Critical Infrastructure through MBSE 

4:30pm – Stuart Fowler | Cyber Evaluation and Management Toolkit (CEMT): A model-based approach to cybersecurity assessments 

4:55pm – Sam Mancarella | Effective MBSE Adoption Starts with Collaboration

5:20pm – Networking

6:30pm – Event Close













Dr Stephen Craig | Smart Energy Mission Lead at CSIRO

Dr Stephen Craig is the Mission Lead for the Smart Energy Mission, currently in development at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Stephen has over 25 years of experience in applied research, strategy development and commercial innovation in systems engineering, digital technologies, and communications. Prior to joining CSIRO, Stephen led the national centre of excellence for Digital Engineering at Boeing Defence Australia, and he was earlier Head of Strategy and Business Development at a spatial data analytics start-up. Stephen received his PhD in climate system modelling from Stockholm University. He spent many years in Sweden in leadership roles in mobile communication systems research, development and optimisation at Ericsson before returning to Australia in 2015.


Dr Surya Nepal | CIPR Mission Lead & Data61 Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO

Dr Surya Nepal is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61 and the Mission Lead for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Mission, a mission in development. He has been with CSIRO since 2000 and currently leads the cybersecurity and quantum systems research group comprising 60 staff and 50 PhD students. His primary research focuses on developing and implementing technologies in distributed systems, specifically on security, privacy and trust. He has more than 250 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. He is a member of the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. Dr. Nepal also holds a conjoint professor position at UNSW.


Stuart Fowler | Cybersecurity Engineer at Department of Defence

Stuart Fowler is a professional systems engineer with more than a decade of experience in the Australian Defence industry and is a doctoral candidate in cybersecurity at the University of New South Wales. He has spent his career designing complex engineering systems for the Australian Defence Force, with a particular focus on ensuring those systems are able to operate effectively in a contested cyber environment. His current focus, both professionally and academically, is centred on developing a methodology for evaluating and assuring the cybersecurity of complex systems that moves the industry beyond the application of control frameworks and best-practice guidance into a future that is more aware of the specific threats to a system and more deliberate in its application of mitigations to address those threats.


Sam Mancarella | Director of Systems Engineering at MEMKO

Sam Mancarella qualified in Computer Engineering and Science and holds an MBA from RMIT University. He has over 25 years’ experience as a cyber systems expert, ranging from digital transformation, IT systems development, software engineering and technology portfolio management. Sam is an expert in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Enterprise Architecture, helping customers adopt industry standards and best practices to deliver sustainable competitive advantage in a wide range of industries. He has a deep understanding of MBSE standards such as SysML, UML, Archimate, BPMN, UPDM (now UAF) and DDS, working alongside industry leaders to adopt innovative products and services based on these technologies. Sam is passionate about the integration of data, systems, processes and people to deliver innovative solutions and enduring customer value.


November 16
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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