2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit
Securing NZ businesses against the next generation of cyber attack
International Keynote Speaker
Director - APAC Cyber & Information Security
Theo is a technology risk and regulatory focused security leader with over 20 years of diverse experience, with accountability ranging from law enforcement and criminal intelligence to risk and security strategy and policy development and implementation within government and more recently, financial services organisations across Asia-Pacific. An acknowledged authority in the areas of security, risk, compliance and cybercrime, Theo has publicly spoken on these topics on many occasions. Theo holds an MBA (Tech Mgt) from La Trobe University and is Board Certified in Security Management (CPP) by ASIS International and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) by ISACA.
Acting Director, National Security Policy Directorate
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Paul leads the National Security Policy Directorate of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, incorporating the Security and Intelligence Policy and Civil Defence and Emergency Management Policy teams, and the National Cyber Policy Office. The National Security Policy Directorate provides policy leadership on cross-cutting matters relating to national security, intelligence, risk and resilience, working with a wide range of government agencies in the national security sector. The National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) leads and coordinates the development and implementation of New Zealand’s cyber security policy, and is currently commencing 2018 refresh of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy, working with government agencies, the private sector, and civil society. Paul has led the NCPO since its establishment in 2012. Paul was appointed as Acting Director, National Security Policy, in early 2018. Prior to his present roles, Paul was a career diplomat, most recently serving as Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels from 2008 to 2012, as well as postings and secondments in the Solomon Islands, China and Taiwan. Paul is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington, where he received a B.A. Hons (1989), and the Chinese Language and Area Studies School of the Foreign Service Institute (1994).