Associations Under Cyber Attack & The Essential Eight Security Test

Date: 23 Feb 2023, 12:30pm - 1:30pm (GMT+10:00) Melbourne

Hosted by Nick Koerbin, this 'Lunch & Learn' live webinar will delve into cyber security in associations. In recent months, several high profile Australian companies and their customers have suffered data breaches, with expensive and far reaching consequences – chances are you were affected by one of these yourself. Any organisation that uses online systems, needs to protect their own data, as well as client and member data from being stolen or misused.

Attendees will hear from Rob Lucas who was the CEO of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria when it became the victim of a cyber attack. Rob will explain what happened, the fall out for the association, and the remediation steps that had to be undertaken.

Rick Sethi from Professional Advantage will then provide an overview of the Essential Eight Security Test, including why, when and how all organisations should complete the test. 

There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience.

What You'll Learn

  • Why cyber security measures are vital for every organisation
  • Lessons from a real life case study of an association that was a victim of a cyber attack
  • What the Essential Eight Security Test is
  • Why, when and how to complete the Essential Eight Security Test
  • How to implement the outcomes of the Essential Eight Security Test

Our Presenters

Rob Lucas (Chief Executive, National Caravan Industry Training College) 

Rob has over 25 years’ senior executive experience working within and leading industry associations and business groups. He has a proven track record in turning around poorly performing associations and growing them into sustainable, relevant organisations. He ahs held positions at organisations such as the Caravan Trade & Industries Association, VECCI and the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce.  He sits on a number of industry boards and Government committees including the Victorian Skills Authority Manufacturing Industry Advisory Group, Northlink and the Federal Government’s North Western Local Jobs and Skills Taskforce and a number of not for profit boards. He has graduate and post graduate tertiary qualifications in Business Administration, Management, HR/IR and Education and Training.

Rick Sethi (Business Development Manager, Professional Advantage)

Rick is a Workplace Innovation Strategist at Professional Advantage, specialising in identifying client needs and designing solutions for them. He has over 15 years of experience in business development and cloud solutions providing assistance to Australian businesses in helping them optimise their operations and achieve more through technology. Rick has expertise in the areas of workplace productivity, collaboration, and innovation.

Nick Koerbin (Executive Director, AES)

Described as one of the most experienced Association and NFP professionals in Australia, Nick Koerbin brings to Associations and Not-for-Profit organisations a wealth of knowledge formed by over 30 years as a CEO or Senior Manager in over eight large and small associations throughout Australia. He started Association Executive Services (AES) in 2010 as the organisation that would help Associations grow and become sustainable. For the last twelve years, AES has grown to be the only full provider of services for Associations in Australia. These include Association Management and Secretariat Services, Member Contact Service, Consulting and Training. Nick is called upon constantly to help Association Leaders navigate their organisation towards high levels of business excellence. Nick has authored many books dealing with organisational change and is the primary author of the "Association Executives Toolkit", which is the go-to help book for Association Leaders seeking ideas to manage their association.

Event Details 

AES Member: Free 
Non-Member: $40.00

AES Members will need to log in for free access 

The webinar will be held online via Zoom. All details (including the Zoom link) will be emailed to attendees once they have registered.

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