Security at a turning point: National Security Summit sets 2017 agenda


Safeguarding Australia 2017 will help face those challenges and shape the security agenda by taking as its most demanding theme to date: Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity.

“Competing priorities, growing threats, increasing complexity will continue to present fundamental challenges to Australia’s national security agenda in the coming years. Public and private security professionals — policy makers, practitioners and providers — will be forced to address to varying degrees a wide range of issues range that developed over recent decades and continue to grow, from violent extremism to cyber threats from lone and state actors, in a number of ways, from border control to national laws,” says Rod Cowan, Safeguarding Australia 2017’s convenor.

“In coming years, they will need to also contend with the security issues inherent in societal issues, adding known-unknown dimensions the an already complex national security agenda, most notably an aging population, technology creeping into all facets of life, and diversity in the workplace reflecting an increasingly cosmopolitan society.”

For over 14 years, the Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA), a not-for-profit network of security policy makers, professionals and academics, has gathered at the Safeguarding Australia annual national security summit, to hear from high level speakers representing both government and corporate viewpoints, exchange ideas, debate issues, and learn about techniques, cases studies and ground-breaking research, to meet the security challenges of today and the solutions for tomorrow.

In addition to full briefings on current policies, trends and activities, Safeguarding Australia 2017 will go further by drawing on local and international experts to examine three overarching themes affecting the way security and risk is managed to protect the nation, including:

  1. Innovation, exploring knowledge around technology, standards and research;
  2. Leadership, focusing on the next generation, the greying population, and education; and
  3. Diversity, in particular the role of communications as security tool addressing disparate ethnicities, genders and culture.

“Safeguarding Australia is the only serious high-level conference run by and for leading thinkers, policymakers and practitioners in the national security domain, working across whole-of-government at state and federal levels, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as engaging with corporate and private security practitioners and providers,” says Cowan.

Speakers will include Government ministers, Senior policy makers and advisors, world-class academics and experts, and respected practitioners.

The event attracts a range of senior representatives from security, intelligence, military and law enforcement, risk and security managers and consultants, agency security advisors, critical infrastructure owners and operators, negineers, scientists, technologists, researchers and academics, and corporate and business executives responsible for security and risk.

Safeguarding Australia is an opportunity to engage with high calibre speakers, content and relevance — marrying theory and practice — to help understand security and risk, define your organisation’s security agenda, and play your part in keeping Australia secure,” says Cowan.

Security Solutions magazine is an offical publication for the summit.

Safeguarding Australia 2017: Security at a Turning Point — Innovation, Leadership and Diversity — National Security Summit, will be held on 3rd & 4th May 2017 in Canberra.

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