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Strengthening cybersecurity readiness and response
in an evolving threat landscape

19-20 MARCH 2024

In a rapidly-evolving cyber-threat landscape, where a data breach can quickly tarnish a business's reputation, it is crucial to embrace proactive cybersecurity measures. Stay ahead of the game by strengthening your defenses and fostering business wide cyber-awareness to protect your organisation’s critical data and assets.


Discover strategies for navigating the evolving cyber frontier and effectively instituting your cybersecurity priorities at our 2nd Annual CISO Leaders Summit NZ. Hear insights from leading cybersecurity experts on how to address issues of talent scarcity and manage your people as technological innovations reshape the workplace and security.


What you can look forward to:

  • Simplify your journey to cyber resilience: Hear from over 20 leading organisations as they share practical tips on cultivating a great cybersecurity culture, leveraging cutting-edge technology, and developing a strategy that keeps pace with emerging cyber threats.   

  • Streamline your business’s cybersecurity priorities by engaging in relevant breakout sessions, exploring new low-cost strategies, and participating in thought-provoking panel discussions.  

  • Engage in a collaborative threat-response learning experience: Improve your breach approach and gain insight into how your peers are responding to complex cyber breaches in a mini table-top exercise.  

  • Discover actionable strategies for navigating the war on talent and leveraging technology ethically.   

  • Part of the TechXcelerate series, join us to connect with over 350 IT leaders to advance digital transformation, data analytics and cybersecurity efforts. 

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to bolster your organisation’s cybersecurity defences, protect sensitive data and information, and connect with your cybersecurity peers! Register now to secure your place.  

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Building upon seven years of successful IT events, we're excited to unveil the 2024 TechXcelerate series. This series addresses unique challenges faced by CIO teams in digital transformation, data analytics, and cybersecurity, offering a holistic experience for IT leaders.

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Our Expert Speakers

Khoder El-Ali

Director of Sales (Asia Pacific)

Ground Labs

Steve James

General Manager of Technology


Anafrid Bennet

Head – Technology, Security and Property

Greater Western Water

Ofer Reshef

Head of Information Security and Digital Risk

Entain Australia & New Zealand

Nicholas Tucker

Head of Information Security

The Co-Operative Bank

Jean-Pierre Walle

Group Manager Security Assurance

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

Brett Williams

Head of Cyber Services

Bank of New Zealand

Lee Timutimu

Founder; Co-Founder; Senior Community Advisor

Te Matarau – The Māori Tech Association; InternetNZ Ipurangi Aotearoa; N8V

Why Attend?

Hear from Anafrid Bennet, Australia’s next CIO winner for 2023 on how to lead with empathy, adapt your shared security mindset and cultivate a diverse community of collaborative cyber champions.

Anafrid Bennet

Head – Technology, Security and Property

Greater Western Water

Discover innovative strategies on how to build cyber-resilience and de-mystify cyber-security through gamification.

Test your cyber-security response strategies and share wisdom with over 150 security leaders in our immersive mini table-top exercise.

Hear from Woolworths on how to ethically balance innovation and security when integrating Artificial Intelligence into your cyber strategy.

Gain insights from the National Cyber Security Centre on how Aotearoa New Zealand should build collective cyber-resilience in a time of great geopolitical uncertainty.

Learn how to re-evaluate your cyber-security governance and framework in a time of rapidly developing threats from leading Security officers:

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Adwin Singh

Security Domain Lead – CISO Officer

Inland Revenue NZ

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Jean-Pierre Walle

Group Manager Security Assurance

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

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Martin Bleakley

Head of Cloud Security


Who Should Attend?

Network and collaborate with commercial and enterprise CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, IT and Risk Management executives across Aotearoa, with responsibilities including:

  • Cybersecurity Strategy and Operations

  • Information and IT Security

  • Cloud Security and Infrastructure

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Data Security, Protection and Privacy

  • Network Security and Secure Architecture

  • Security Intelligence and Threat Intelligence

  • Zero Trust Frameworks and Strategies

  • Application and Endpoint Security

  • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Management

  • Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC)

  • Incident Detection and Response

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management

  • Forensic Analysis and Cyber Investigations

  • Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Management



770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104

Conference Room: Sir Noel Robinson Conference Centre

Exhibition: Sir Woolf Fisher Arena



Find the Due Drop Events Centre on Google Maps

The Due Drop Events Centre is conveniently served by motorway links into the CBD (20 min) and Auckland International Airport (13 min) as well as to major transport terminals.


Complimentary parking is available at the venue. Please use the VEC South Car Park - an event sign will indicate where to park on arrival.  View the access / parking information here


Discounted rates are available at the nearby Ramada Suites by Wyndham Auckland Manukau Pacific Centre (250m walk).


Rates available:

Hotel Deluxe Room: Room & Breakfast for 1 person, $200 | $230 for 2 persons

Studio Apartment: Room & Breakfast for 1 person, $210 | $240 for 2 persons


To book, contact Reservations on:


Phone: +64 9 942 6000

Use Promo Code: Aventedge


Or, book via clicking this link and entering in the promo code Aventedge.


  1. Upon booking, please let reservations know you are making a booking for the Ramada Suites by Wyndham Auckland Manukau Pacific Centre and are attending the CISO/CIO Leaders Summit at the Due Drop Centre, with promo code Aventedge

  2. Room rates are based on per room, per night


A list of other nearby accommodation options is available here:

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