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Home Events Seizing the AUKUS opportunity: alignment, interoperability and cybersecurity in the digital age

Seizing the AUKUS opportunity: alignment, interoperability and cybersecurity in the digital age

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

}  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (AEDT)

Hub Civic Quarter Event Space, Level 1, 
68 Northbourne Ave, Canberra


Please note that tickets for this event are extremely limited.



One year since the announcement of the trilateral AUKUS agreement, join the AIIA and global security and military experts to examine the technology sector’s role in realising the opportunity of this important alliance.

This exclusive cocktail function with canapés and beverages will discuss the AIIA’s paper on the AUKUS alliance and the technology sector’s role in finding alignment, interoperability and opportunities for cyber security uplift in this strategic context. This is a timely discussion as Australia seeks to seize the AUKUS opportunity one year on from the landmark alliance’s announcement in 2021.

Join AIIA members at the Civic Quarter, Canberra for a panel discussion between US Army MAJ. GEN. (rtd) John Davis (US) and Katherine Mansted (AUS) moderated by the AIIA’s Cyber Security PAN Chair Sarah Sloan (Palo Alto Networks).

Proudly supported by Palo Alto Networks, AWS and CyberCX, the event will examine the cyber security and technological aspects of the agreement’s key performance indicators, including alignment of standards and certifications, industry’s role in deploying best-of-breed technology at the cutting edge of innovation for strategic interests, and achieving interoperability.

This is your opportunity to hear from industry experts, who will unpack the technology sector’s role as a partner to government in deploying this significant agreement against a complex geostrategic backdrop in the 21st century.

Ticket includes:

  • Event ticket
  • Panel discussion between US Army MAJ. GEN. (rtd) John Davis, (US), Katherine Mansted (AUS) and moderated by Sarah Sloan (AIIA Cyber Security PAN Chair)
  • Event networking opportunity with drinks and canapés


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US Army MAJ. GEN. (rtd) John Davis - Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world to successfully prevent cyber breaches.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

John earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Master of Military Art and Science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Bachelor of Science from U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Katherine Mansted, Director of Cyber Intelligence, Cyber CX

Katherine Mansted is a Senior Fellow in the Practice of National Security at the ANU National Security College. She is also the Director of Cyber Intelligence at CyberCX, Australia and New Zealand’s largest cyber security services company. Katherine regularly briefs government officials, business leaders and public audiences on national security policy issues, especially cyber security, disinformation and foreign interference. Her work has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The Australian, Nine/Fairfax, Sky and on the ABC, and she has testified before parliamentary committees including the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Katherine is a former fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a non-resident fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously, she led the NSC’s Public Policy team. Before that, Katherine practiced as a commercial solicitor with King & Wood Mallesons, served as a judge’s associate in the High Court of Australia, and worked as a ministerial adviser in the Australian Government.

Katherine holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she studied as a General Sir John Monash Scholar. She also holds Bachelors of Laws / International Relations (Business) from Bond University, where she studied as a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated with the University Medal in Law.

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Sarah Sloan - Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand, Palo Alto Networks

Sarah Sloan is the Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand at Palo Alto Networks. In her position, she advises the company’s leadership on a range of cyber and technology policy issues, builds strategic relationships across all tiers of Government and acts as a trusted private sector adviser to Government.

Prior to her roles in the private sector, Sarah spent 10+ years working in Government, predominantly in cybercrime and cybersecurity. She has a proven track record of delivering results at the operational and strategic levels of government and is passionate about improving Australia and New Zealand’s cyber security posture.

Sarah is a graduate of the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and Bachelor of Asia and the Pacific Studies. She also holds a Graduate Diploma of Asia and the Pacific Studies (Japanese), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, and a Master of International Laws, where she wrote her thesis on international norms and Cyber Security.

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