Exhibition Hall abstracts

Beyond lecture capture – innovative new uses for video education

Ravi Khakhar, Panopto

Panopto offers a video management platform used around the globe that integrates with learning management systems. Increasingly there is a far wider reach to flip the classroom, submit video feedback, student recording and live broadcasting in addition to the well understood concept of classroom capture. Real examples would be provided showcasing Waikato University – showcasing their use of video feedback. Flipped classroom examples from the University of Wolverhampton and Derby University would also be discussed.


Ravi Khahkar is a Sales and Client Management Professional with project management experience across private and public sectors. A true people person, excellent at managing through influence and comfortable at all levels. Driven to achieve results through strategic planning and smart process design. Passionate about leading and developing strategic partnerships and managing implementations from initial tender through to full product, software or service implementation.

Next-Generation Network Monitoring

Mark Barrett, Juniper Networks

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) has been a staple of network monitoring for well over 25 years. Love it or hate it, SNMP has served the industry well, given its near universal implementation and availability of countless tools used to process and visualise operational data in a useful manner.

However, with modern network applications and services demanding more and more from the network infrastructure, low resolution monitoring with SNMP is no longer sufficient to analyse and report on performance – the actual peaks and troughs can be averaged out, and masked from the operator. One classic SNMP “black spot” is packet loss induced by traffic micro-bursts.

To achieve high resolution monitoring, a different approach is required – one that will scale to meet current and future demands.

This presentation will cover why SNMP probably isn’t going to be the avenue for this high resolution monitoring, what alternative architectures could be applied and finally the work Juniper has been doing in its routers and switches to enable this new world. Export protocols will be discussed as well as open source projects that are developing around ingesting and graphing this new information.


Mr Mark Barrett has built his career in networking over 27 years. Through his time at IBM, Cisco Systems, the Australian Federal Police and Juniper Networks, he has been on the forefront of network convergence, first through IBM networking over IP, then voice over IP, video conferencing/video streaming over IP, and finally storage over IP/Ethernet. Mark has a keen interest in high speed networking, and deploying networking technologies to achieve significant productivity gains.

Will a lack of cybersecurity skills derail Australia’s digital economy?

Brian Hay, Dimension Data

Digital innovation may be on everyone’s lips, and with it the promise of transforming life as we know it. However, what goes hand-in-glove with the prospect of digital nirvana is the threat of a digital hell. Hyper connectivity and the Internet of Things can deliver extraordinary opportunities but they drive an exponential growth in cyber security challenges and demands. And while cybercriminals and hacktivists are increasing in numbers and deepening their skillsets, the “good guys” are struggling to keep pace. The growing complexity of the security environment and nature of attacks will require new security people with specialist skills. There is already a huge lack of skilled cyber security workers globally and in Australia, and the problem is only increasing. In Australia the federal government has predicted a growing shortfall, while globally the US and the UK, among others, are also sounding the alarm bells. One senior industry figure has called it the “largest human capital shortage in the world”. We’ve already been warned that Australia will be more vulnerable to attack because of the skills shortage. With technology a critical driver in innovation, what is the role of the education sector in addressing this looming crisis? This presentation will focus on the growing cyber security challenges and skills shortage, and why it is essential that Australian universities understand their role and how to capitalise on this critical imperative.


Brian Hay joined Dimension Data in 2015 as General Manager, Security. He consults with clients to understand their needs, assisting Dimension Data to develop services to meet the full spectrum of clients’ security requirements, including risk management, compliance, technology integration, and training. Brian has a proven record of partnering with industry for innovative solutions, has an extensive media profile, and national recognition, including recipient of McAfee’s international award for combating cybercrime; the Australian Police Medal; and the National AusCERT Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. Brian was Detective Superintendent at Queensland Police for 35 years, and holds a Masters

How the car can safely speed-up the evolution of cybersecurity.

Brian Hay, Dimension Data

Digital transformation and the Internet of Things will deliver extraordinary opportunities to society and business, but at the same time they drive an exponential growth in cyber security challenges and demands. What lessons can we learn from an established technology, which we are now very comfortable with, to help us understand and better plan the evolution of cyber security? This session will explore how we have a blueprint we can follow that provides insights into how investment, education and regulation are some of the levers that we can use to make our global and Australian approach to cyber security a less bumpy ride. Using the example of the evolution of the motor car, we see how its introduction brought with it unprecedented social and business opportunities, as well as injury and death. As the speed and popularity of cars exploded, its benefits – and catastrophic impact – were more and more widely felt. It took decades of strategies to finally make a dramatic difference to the road toll. With cyber security, we can’t afford to take so long to get it right. All learning institutions can apply the insights that this session will offer to its approach to helping Australia speed up the evolution of cyber security.


Brian Hay joined Dimension Data in 2015 as General Manager, Security. He consults with clients to understand their needs, assisting Dimension Data to develop services to meet the full spectrum of clients’ security requirements, including risk management, compliance, technology integration, and training. Brian has a proven record of partnering with industry for innovative solutions, has an extensive media profile, and national recognition, including recipient of McAfee’s international award for combating cybercrime; the Australian Police Medal; and the National AusCERT Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. Brian was Detective Superintendent at Queensland Police for 35 years, and holds a Masters.

Crafting your collaboration strategy for 2020 and beyond

Andrew Grose, Cisco

We all know a holistic collaboration strategy empowers people to get work done by contributing directly to an educational institution’s agility. Empowering staff, students and partners to connect, share information in real time on any device at any location is critically important to achieve this. Join Andrew Grose, Team Collaboration Sales Manager, discussing the collaboration experiences being delivered into education today. Andrew will share his thoughts on developing a collaboration strategy that will cater for your needs to 2020 and beyond.


Andrew has experience across the technology industry including hardware manufacturing, software development, internet service providers and systems integration. Having held roles in executive management, sales and engineering, Andrew presently leads the Conferencing and Team Collaboration business for Cisco across Australia and New Zealand. Andrew specialises in helping organisations realise their collaboration vision of connecting people together easily and cost effectively to share information and communicate on any device at any location.

Limitless Learning Experience: Any Device, Any Application

Andrew Fox, VMware

Technology has been making inroads into education for decades. But the mobile revolution is changing education in more fundamental ways than just providing a new gadget that delivers information. Mobile devices, are changing the way we work, teach, learn and think about learning.

Computers have become more portable, so has education. Students of all ages generally find learning on a tablet more personal and accessible than being chained to a desktop.

Today’s students have grown up in the digital age and expect access to resources from a variety of devices. While educators are seeking to update classrooms, learning techniques and provide more collaborative learning options. Already textbooks are being replaced with digital books, and students are reaping benefits of always having the latest information at their fingertips.

Students and Staff have access to varieties of institutional devices and are increasingly bringing their own devices to Universities. Whether this creates a distraction or a boon to learning is debatable, but these four uses of mobility in education — and countless others — could help prove the latter.

– Inquiry-Based Learning
– Flipping the Classroom
– Reinventing the Textbook
– Teaching Hard-To-Reach Communities

Join us, as we show how VMware’s vision of Any Application, Any Device vision is helping Universities embrace the next generation of learning. Delivering the right experience, applications and content is simplified while ensuring devices are compliant with institution’s digital policies and with violation monitoring in real time for any device whether institutionally owned or a BYO device.


Andrew Fox is Director, Business Mobility and End User Computing, ANZ and is responsible for leading VMware’s End User Computing portfolio including AirWatch. An IT industry veteran, Andrew has a demonstrated record of driving business growth, technical excellence and managing large teams with a focus on customer needs. Fox joined VMware in 2015 from SAP, where he most recently held the role of Director, Managed Mobility Outsourcing SAP Asia Pacific, Japan leading the strategic mobile business with Telco, SI and Technology partners across the region. In his 10 years at SAP, his roles additionally included Director of Mobile Solutions for SAP ANZ, Ecosystem and various leadership roles. Originally from the UK, Andrew has lived in Sydney for the last 19 years. He is married with 3 children at University.

Top four design considerations for Network and Security Virtualization.

Bruce Perram, VMware

Security is essential for every business, but it is critical for Universities with a significant number of students and staff under its care. Not only do the Universities need to protect the data of each individual student and staff, it must ensure every bit of research material—an astronomical amount of data—is highly secured as well.

Coupled with the changing landscape of how education is consumed today – from digital learning to working across multiple devices, Universities face significant challenges in managing and maintaining network and security infrastructure.

Please join VMware as we walk you through the top four design considerations for virtualizing your network and security infrastructure and find out how you can stretch your existing investment by blending it with VMware NSX. Two Universities in Australia will also share their approach to network and security virtualization and its benefits to their organisation.


Bruce Perram is a Senior Systems Engineer at VMware. He has spent the past 15 years in the infrastructure software industry with a focus on desktop SOE development, deployment and virtualization technology. He has worked with many federal government department and universities as an independent consultant, providing guidance on desktop mobility, security and application virtualization strategies.

Your Campus can be Smart too

Gordon Gay, NEC

The world is rapidly evolving through a new wave of disruptive technologies which connect people, places and things, referred to often as the Internet of Everything. These connective technologies are providing opportunities to digitise and automate processes and activities, monitor and moderate consumption of scarce resources and collect and analyse huge sets of data to better match supply to demand.

These technologies are also rapidly enabling the development of the ‘Smart Campus’. Innovations only once a dream or hypothesis in a student’s thesis last century are now entirely plausible, possible and affordable. What does this mean and how can you leverage these technologies in the pursuit of a Smart Campus vision for Australia’s Universities?

Practically, through the lens of People, Places and Things, this presentation will walk you through technological innovations which can enable any University Campus to become Smart.


Gordon joined NEC Australia in 1996, and was appointed to the role of General Manager, R&D in 2012. Gordon has in excess of 25 years’ experience in working on leading edge technology, in the areas of signal processing. This fundamental technology underpins all of today’s advances in the digital economy. The group Gordon leads in Australia focuses on both future technology and bringing solutions to market. The group’s current interests are on various communication technologies such as 5G and beyond; biometrics; machine-to-machine cloud platforms (Enterprise Solutions) with a focus on duress and health monitoring.

Taking a Platform approach to Threat Hunting in Education Networks

Lani Refiti, Cisco

Big networks present challenges for threat hunters – lots of blind spots, huge scope, an unruly student population – you simply don’t know what you don’t know.

With the industrialisation of hacking, the havoc and effectiveness of ransomware, the way we used to approach security has proven to be lacking and perhaps even broken.

How can you take security awareness, intelligence, visibility and control across a large and complex network like a University? The answer is to make security persuasive, integrated, automated, part of the architecture, a platform.

In this session we will discuss these issues, help you understand the shortcomings of the status-quo and how a platform approach helps facilitate threat hunting, orchestration, automation and rapid threat containment.

Introducing Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture

Pete Thomas, Cisco

For 30 years, together, we have built digital infrastructure to help achieve operational excellence, business agility, location flexibility and enter new markets. The techniques and tools used to build these systems have stood for decades. However, the rapid growth and breadth of user devices (and their expectations), exponential bandwidth demands and explosion of telemetry devices have challenged the 30 year status quo.

You expect simplicity, automation and orchestration out of the box. Your appetite for complexity has reached a historic low. 2016 will be a significant evolution in Enterprise Networking that will see a transition of 1000’s of features into a handful of solutions, wrapped in automation and orchestration then finally presented through prescriptive applications that seek to deliver business outcomes. Welcome to the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA).

This session will introduce Cisco DNA and is targeted for Decision Makers, Architects, Managers and Network Engineers interested in the future direction of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking portfolio (Routers, Switches, Wireless) and the opportunities and challenges Cisco DNA is looking to assist with.

Your money or your life Website

Leo Noman, F5

Join F5 as we take you on a journey through the horrible history of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. We’ll discuss their ancestry, intent and growing sophistication – as well as offering the latest insights on the DDoS threat landscape and how it can impact any modern organisation. Learn more about the traditional volumetric and slow and low attacks, as well as the new generation of ‘stand and deliver’ attacks that threaten to bypass traditional defences completely. This session will arm with you everything you need to know about standing your ground against this scourge of the Internet!


Leo is a Security professional with 22 years’ experience in networking and security working at vendors, integrators and customers throughout his career.
He has worked with numerous organisations, including Banking and Telecommunications, architecting solutions to ensure continuous operation of networks and delivery of applications with optimum security.
His expertise and experience spans several countries including Australia, USA, Argentina, Brazil and Israel. In his current role as a Systems Engineer with F5 Networks, Leo works with several industry verticals, including Education, Finance, Manufacturing and Retail.
Leo holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer) from UniCeub University of Basilia and is completing a Master of Science(Networking) at Swinburne University.

Network Innovations for the Modern Data Centre

Chris Gascoigne, Cisco

Modern research approaches and focus areas such as big data, analytics and the Internet of Things are fundamentally changing the requirements placed on the data centre network and demanding much higher performance, massive scale and better agility. Simultaneously, IT organisations must continue to provide the high availability required for traditional corporate applications while offering enhanced programmability to support modern application environments.
This session will cover the software and hardware innovations occurring in data centre networking to address these requirements while at the same time containing cost and maintaining or improving the security posture.


Chris Gascoigne is a Technical Solutions Architect with Cisco working in the Australia/New Zealand Data Centre team. Chris has been with Cisco for nine years and specialises in Application Centric Infrastructure. Prior to joining Cisco, Chris spent the previous 7 years working for a system integrator focusing on Unified Communications, Security and Routing and Switching. Chris holds Bachelors degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a CCIE certification since 2005.

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