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ASPI Webinar - National security agencies and the cloud: An urgent capability issue for Australia

Speakers Danielle Cave, John Coyne, Jocelinn Kang, Michael Shoebridge, Rand Waldron and Jeff Ressin

ASPI is delighted to invite you to the webinar discussion: National security agencies and the cloud - An urgent capability issue for Australia.

Many businesses and organisations know that the powerful processing, big-data analytics and versatile resource configurations that cloud systems provide are simply essential to their success. They have already shifted from traditional on-premises computing to on-demand cloud services or to private cloud systems that give them more control. The industry is also designing new applications and software that take advantage of the technical power of cloud infrastructure.

ASPI's special report, National security agencies and the cloud: An urgent capability issue for Australia, released last month, argues for rapid, large-scale investment in secure cloud infrastructure for Australia’s national security community, with the intelligence agencies an early focus. The report seeks to shift perceptions of new technology as capabilities, rather than as business enablers, and calls on agency executives to drive the required change.

Join report author's, ASPI's John Coyne and Michael Shoebridge, in discussion with Oracle's Rand Waldron and Jeff Ressin, alongside Jocelinn Kang, of ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC), moderated by ICPC's Danielle Cave.

The discussion will focus on the global experience with moving to cloud. And why Australia needs a major investment in secure national cloud capabilities must be made by at least the intelligence organisations, with big defence and other less agile agencies following suit. We’ll be discussing the four obstacles that agencies will need to overcome.

If change doesn’t occur rapidly and comprehensively within Australian national security agencies, they will fall behind and be stuck with platforms that vendors only support as legacy activities (think Windows 7). Meanwhile, allies and adversaries will continue to take advantage of the new technology to scale up their operations and analysis and get the capability advantages from cloud systems.'

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Danielle Cave

Danielle is the Deputy Director of ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

John Coyne

Dr John Coyne is Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement and Head of the North and Australia’s Security at ASPI.

Jocelinn Kang

Jocelinn Kang is an Analyst in ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

Michael Shoebridge

Michael Shoebridge is the Director of ASPI’s Defence, Strategy and National Security program.

Rand Waldron

Rand Waldron is Senior Director of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Product Development.

Jeff Ressin

Jeff Ressin is Director National Security Regions at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, supporting deployment of Oracle’s OCI bare metal cloud for classified client environments.