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Amnon Bar- Lev, Global President, Check Point and Mike Burgess, Chief Information Security Officer, Telstra, 8 September 2014

Amnon Bar- Lev,  Global President, Check Point and Mike Burgess, Chief Information Security Officer, Telstra addressed a private boardroom lunch for 50 senior business executives where they discussed, “Establishing a Culture of Cyber Security in Business and Communicating and Reporting More Effectively on Cyber Risks”.

During a typical day at the office, every 49 minutes sensitive data is sent outside the organisation, every 10 minutes Malware is downloaded, every 9 minutes a risky web application is used and every 1 minute a computer accesses a malicious website.

A culture of security has become critical to successful business, from the Board to front line staff. In a world of ever-changing cyber threats, organisations must understand the nature of the latest exploits, and how their networks are potentially impacted. Enterprises need to arm themselves with both cyber threat awareness and the appropriate security architecture to address these evolving challenges.

Whilst the potential of the internet and digital economy for Government and business is clearly a massive opportunity for Australia both locally and overseas over the next several years, alongside it, is the growing threat of criminal activity via cyber attacks. There is little doubt that if cyber security is not quickly advanced on a global scale, potentially trillions of dollars in hard-earned economic value could be lost.

Amnon Bar-Lev as President of Check Point, is responsible for worldwide sales, global partner programs, business development and technical services for the company. Mr. Bar-Lev joined Check Point in 2005 and brings more than 15 years of high-tech sales, marketing and management experience to the organisation.

Mike Burgess is the Chief Information Security Officer of Telstra, joining Telstra in February 2013. He leads Telstra’s Security Operations team which includes responsibility for Telstra’s Security Operations Centre (TSOC). The TSOC provides 24/7 monitoring and security response of Telstra’s and its customers’ networks.

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