Riding the Cyber Security Startup Rollercoaster
Moderator: Kirstin McIntosh
Panelists: Sam Crowther, Susie Jones, Jeff Paine
Format: 45 mins
Location: The Amphitheatre
Time: Sunday 3:15pm
There is a real mystique about startups. Come up with a clever idea, and build it well, and hey presto! funding and customers just fall into place, right? What about the founder passion to make a difference; how you face the challenges of not enought time, resources and money; the need to make it up as you go along, while balancing great advice from amazing people?
Let's lift the lid and share the journey. Hear from Aussie founders who have chosen this path, and why it's still a driving obsession for them 24 hours a day.
Moderator: Kirstin McIntosh
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.
Panelist: Sam Crowther, CEO and founder of Kasada
Sam Crowther is CEO and founder of Kasada, an Australian cyber security company. Its industry-leading platform, Polyform, stops malicious automation (bad bots) attacking websites and web applications. Sam started Kasada in 2015 at the age of 19. He now leads teams in Australia and the US, from his new base in New York. While still at school, Sam was the first student to be offered two work placements at the Australian Signals Directorate. On leaving school Macquarie Group recruited Sam to its global cyber threat management team.
Besides inventing a range of security products, Sam has raised more than $10million from leading Australian VCs and the Australian Government's Accelerating Commercialisation program. He is a passionate promoter of Australia's cyber security ecosystem and foundation supporter of AustCyber. Leading enterprises, including companies in the ASX100, trust Kasada to protect and assure their online digital transactions.
Panelist: Susie Jones, CEO and Cofounder, Cynch Security
As an experienced cybersecurity, risk, insurance and innovation leader, Susie has delivered commercial outcomes as a cybersecurity business services manager, corporate insurance broker, risk manager and now a startup co-founder and CEO. She and her co-founder are on a mission to reduce the number of small businesses who fall victim to cyber attacks across the globe by introducing them to the concept of Cyber Fitness. She leads the business side of Cynch Security, translating the world of cybersecurity and cyber risk to the company’s non-tech stakeholders, and introducing as many small business owners as possible to the opportunities that building cyber fitness can bring them.
Panelist: Jeff Paine, Founder and CEO, ResponSight
Jeff Paine originally commenced his corporate career as a Chartered Accountant, but quickly identified much more interesting opportunities in the technology and ultimately Information Security industries. 20+ years of enterprise security consulting followed, including everything from instructing classes in “ethical hacking” through to presenting risk and security topics to large international banks and government.
ResponSight is a data science company focused on behavioural reputation analytics and Cyber risk. ResponSight is not Jeff’s first startup, with a number consumer and SME focused businesses started which are either still operating or achieved planned exits.