The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced additional details and a keynote speaker for State Conference 2024.
VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, today confirmed that the fast-emerging commercial threat of cyber security, which over the past 12 months has impacted dozens of organisations and government departments and agencies, will be addressed at State Conference 2024.
Instances of data breaches have grown massively in recent years in both frequency and cost.
According to the Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023, the average cost of a data breach in Australia has grown by 32 per cent in the last five years.
As a result, Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) First Assistant Director-General Cyber Engagement and Head of the Melbourne State Office, Dr Derek Bopping, will be presenting at State Conference 2024.
“The transport industry forms an integral part of Australia’s national security infrastructure and is not immune from cyber threats and foreign ‘actors’ disrupting our systems and processes,” Anderson said.
“It is incumbent on every operator to take appropriate steps to ensure their business is suitably protected, and we are fortunate to have someone with Dr Bopping’s credentials and reputation to inform us on the latest cyber intelligence, best practice, and mitigation strategies and tactics.”
ASD is an Australian Government intelligence agency responsible for cyber security.
Its operatives gather foreign signals intelligence through covert information acquisition, which includes intercepting and analysing communications related to national interest issues such as terrorism, weapons proliferation and cyber threats.
Registrations are currently open for State Conference 2024, which will held from Sunday 17 to Tuesday 19 March at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island.
See our coverage of last year’s State Conference here.
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