Meet our Mentors
BSides Melbourne are once again running the rookie track in 2022. This is to help encourage first time or new speakers take the stage and discuss their research or work. We have some amazing mentors who are offering their time to work and help equip speakers with the skills needed to feel prepared and be successful.
Kirstin McIntosh is the Head of Partnerships for CyRise, Australia’s cyber security venture accelerator where she works with some of most technically adept and ambitious minds of the cyber security community. She supports their growth with startup skills, customer introductions , and investor links. Before this, Kirstin worked in Europe and Asia in business development in the private sector, and corporate partnership roles in public sector for over 23 years before returning to Australia in 2017 and moving into startups. Kirstin holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland, and a B.Comm from University of Melbourne.
Liam Connolly is the CISO for SEEK across APAC, where he is responsible for all aspects of cyber security. He has over 20 years of progressive information security experience in a wide range of disciplines, including strategic program development, incident response and forensic investigations, security operations, application security, threat intelligence, penetration testing, building multi-disciplinary teams, security training, and risk management.
Prior to coming to SEEK, Liam was the CISO at Zynga in San Francisco and has held additional security leadership roles that spanned multiple business sectors including HSBC, University of California, Berkeley, AT&T as well as teaching for the SANS Institute. Liam's expertise is in working with organisations to assess their information security risk posture to better understand their security-related risks and then designing, implementing and managing a security program, often from the ground-up, that is aligned to the organisations culture, vision and strategic business initiatives.
He currently holds several industry related certifications including GCFA, GCIH, GSEC, GCIA, GREM, GCCC, GLEG, GNFA, GISP, SSAP CISSP, and CRISC among others.
Tracie Thompson is the Co-founder and CEO of HackHunter, a Melbourne-based start-up securing WiFi.
HackHunter detects, tracks and locates WiFi sources with precision in real-time.
Tracie has led HackHunter from idea through three accelerator programs (Startmate, CyRise and SBE Australia) to product launch, and is responsible for the commercialisation of the HackHunter technology.
Previously Tracie was co-owner and COO of a security consulting and software company with over 200 customers including Medibank, Centrelink, HostPlus and Victorian State Government departments.
Tracie has over 20 years of experience in information security, cyber security and business management, including leading two successful business exits.
Eldar "Wireghoul" Marcussen
Eldar is a lead security researcher and penetration tester. He is a long time bug hunter with a large number of published advisories, exploits and conference presentations at leading security conferences all over the world. He was a recipient of the first CVE 10K candidate numbers.
In addition to finding vulnerabilities he contributes to and maintain several open source projects in his spare time aimed at web application security and penetration testing. These include graudit, doona, lbmap, dotdotpwn, nikto and more. His tools and research are featured in most security oriented linux distros as well as many industry leading books.
Lidia has been in the Information Security industry for almost 20 years, with experience spanning the DoD, financial, retail and telecommunication sectors. After living in the USA for 3 years and seeing the impact BSides brought to the community, she wanted to create the same experience in Melbourne.
Lidia is also a member of the Black Hat Asia Regional Review Board, DevSecCon Review Board, the Diana Initiative Review Board, BSides Las Vegas Review Board, Black Hat USA Speaker Coach Program, and actively involved in the information security community. She has completed a BAppSci (CS) & MAppSci (IT) from RMIT University and has spoken at many security conferences internationally and nationally.
Emily Edgeley is a Public Speaking Coach for the Technology industry. Since 2017 she's run over 100 Group Coaching sessions, coached more than 200 people privately and formally supported first-time and experienced speakers at 10 Conferences, covering 1000+ people across the globe. She’s on a mission to help anyone in the Tech arena learn how to speak with clarity, impact and confidence. To boost their influence, build their personal brand and attract more opportunities in their career.