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Cyber-defence in depth

Join this panel discussion for insights on what directors can do to better defend against the risk of cyber-breaches.

Peter Bailey, Hilary Walton, Sam Pickles, Clayton Wakefield
5:30pm — 7:30pm, 23 March 2021
Grid AKL, 12 Madden Street, Wynyard Quarter
Price members
$65.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$120.00 incl GST


When it comes to cyberattacks – no one is immune and you can never fully eradicate them. You can, however, take steps to reduce the risk of cyber- breaches impacting your business to minimise financial and operational disruption. 

A panel discussion with Peter Bailey; GM at Aura Information, Hilary Walton; Chief Information Security Officer and Sam Pickles; CTO and Co-Founder of Redshield Security, discussing the key questions directors can ask of their senior management to better understand your risk profile and security posture.

Peter Bailey

General Manager – Aura Information Security

As General Manager of leading cyber security consulting business, Aura Information Security, Peter Bailey’s role comprises of two key functions: maintaining the company’s strong track record in delivering high quality customer service and solutions; and helping businesses of all shapes and sizes understand the need for robust security practices.

Based out of Aura’s Wellington offices, he oversees a team of more than 30 experts – all hand-picked from around the world – to deliver a full range of services to Government institutions, SMEs and corporate clients in New Zealand and Australia. This includes consulting services, penetration, red team, Wi-Fi and mobile testing; as well as secure code review and Virtual Security Officer.

Peter is a respected thought leader in the cyber security industry and is regularly called upon by media and Government to provide both comment and advice. He holds the main relationship on the all-of-government security panel and is also part of a government advisory group focused on the skills shortage in the security industry.

South African-born, he graduated from Stellenbosch University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Psychology.

He has worked in advertising and held a range of customer service and production roles at organisational risk consultancy Sysdoc. In late 2010 Bailey joined the Ministry of Justice as national operations training manager before joining Aura InfoSec in March 2013 in his previous role as Service Delivery Manager. 

In 2015 Aura Information Security was acquired by leading business telecommunications provider, Kordia Group. Peter forms part of the Kordia executive team headed by Acting Group CEO Shaun Rendell.

Hilary Walton

Chief Information Security Officer (Kordia Group) and Independent Director 

Hilary used to work for Mi5 in London and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games leading the Information Security programme. 

She is Chief Information Security Officer of the Kordia Group responsible for the business-critical connectivity, cyber security and cloud solutions for clients in both Australia and New Zealand. Her background is in organisational psychology, security and risk management she was also a uniformed Officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

She has written a book and developed an App on how to improve Security Culture. Hilary is a founder of the 'New Zealand Digital Leaders Network' (NZDLN) and the 'Digital Culture Ideas' Network.  Through her Podcast series, YouTube and LinkedIn channels she is a thought leader on culture change, digital transformation, IT security and cybersafe parenting.

Sam Pickles

Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder – RedShield

Sam has provided IT and security services for banking, government, and service provider clients for over 22 years across Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States.

He built some of the world’s largest web application firewall gateways, conducted penetration testing of networks, applications and hardware devices and currently focuses on advanced techniques for web application vulnerability shielding. As COO, Sam has presented around the globe on “web application shielding” and is the brain behind RedShield’s technology stack.

Clayton Wakefield

Clayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and a member of the IOD Auckland Branch committee. Clayton has over 35 years’ experience as an executive and director in banking, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Clayton is a non-executive director of The Co-operative-Bank and Co-operative Life Ltd, Chair of the Auckland Te Araroa Trail Committee, and chair of HealthAlliance NZ Ltd.

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