Home / Why ISACA / About Us / Newsroom / Press Releases / 2019 / Honouring the Past Innovating the Future Key Theme at ISACA 50 Year Anniversary Oceania CACS

Press Releases

Honouring the Past, Innovating the Future: Key Theme at ISACA 50 Year Anniversary Oceania CACS

Date Published: 1, August 2019

Auckland, New Zealand – Contemporary IT governance and management, digital transformation, disruptive technologies and big data are a few of the key themes that will be explored at ISACA’s upcoming Oceania Computer, Audit, Control and Security (CACS) Conference, held in Auckland, New Zealand from 11-13 September.

In honour of ISACA’s 50th Anniversary milestone, this year’s conference theme will focus on the areas that have brought the industry this far: the BA*SI*CS: Business Acumen, Strategic Intelligence, and Cyber Security. These three key areas continuously refresh skills and knowledge to make an impact in the IT profession.


ISACA’s Oceania CACS brings together world-class keynotes, panelists and delegates to share their expertise in cybersecurity, IT governance and risk, and more. This includes industry experts from leading companies and government agencies, such as Tony Hayes, Deputy Director-General, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors; Abbas Kudrati, Chief Cybersecurity Officer for Microsoft Asia’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Group; Phil Whitmore, Partner, Cyber Security at KPMG; Dawie Olivier, Chief Information Officer at Westpac New Zealand; Matthew Lord, Head Of Cybersecurity Practice Dimension Data;, and Paul Salisbury at Blockchain Labs.

The conference will attract a wide variety of local and international technology professionals from around the globe, focusing on uniting leading minds, generating unrivaled learning experiences, and creating passionate discussions that result in actual transformation.

This year, after results from ISACA’s 2019 State of Cyber Part 2 stated that only one in three organisations is highly confident in their ability to detect and respond to cyber threats, Doug Grindstaff, from the CMMI® Institute is running a Masterclass on “Building Resilience Through a Risk-Based ‘Cybermaturity’ Approach”. Following hundreds of interviews with CISOs/CSOs across the globe, the Masterclass will go through CMMI’s holistic, risk-based approach for assessing organizational security capability maturity and efficiently building resilience, and provide a risk-based approach for prioritizing investment for organizations with varying complexity and security demands.

Furthermore, in direct response to ISACA’s State of Cyber Part 1 showing a lack of mentors and female role models, gender bias, and unequal growth opportunities in the tech workforce, a SheLeadsTech panel will highlight the initiatives being undertaken by leaders in New Zealand and Australia, to increase the representation of women in leadership roles, led by Rachel Whitelaw, General Manager at ASB Bank.

Keynote speakers include:

Conference highlights:

  • Gala Award dinner at SKYCITY Convention Centre;
  • Networking opportunities with delegates from government, academia and corporate organisations across ANZ, Papua New Guinea, Asia and the United States;

For more information about the conference, to download the programme or register, please go to



Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. 



Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655,
Lauren Graham, 0432 614 401,

Press Releases By Year

Check Mark

Check Mark

Check Mark

Check Mark