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Cybersecurity Summit 2020 News


Presenter and Sponsorship submissions for the inaugural AHECS Cybersecurity Summit 2020 close soon!  

Update: 2 August 2020

The inaugural AHECS Cybersecurity Summit 2020 will be held as a hybrid online event from 2-4 November, with village locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland to enable face to face interaction and connection into the virtual event. The Summit is an event produced by the sector, for the sector and focuses on supporting the Higher Education and Research cybersecurity, identity management and privacy community.  


Presentation submissions

The 2020 theme is “Bridging the Gap” which reflects the shifts that must occur in addressing the disparity in cyber maturity and impacts of COVID-19 across the Higher Education and Research sector against the increasing technical capabilities, reach and sophistication of cyber-attacks. Please submit your Presentation abstract before the closing date of 7th August 2020.

Over the two days, participants will have opportunities to share, develop and sustain their cybersecurity expertise, explore solutions to challenges within the sector and network with peers. Sessions will provide access to the latest information, innovation and peer presentations along with breakout discussions and workshops aimed at addressing common challenges.  



Sponsorship opportunities for the Inaugural Summit are available  and can be viewed on the AHECS site at  

Details and updates are available from the conference website:

Presentation submissions close 24 July 2020

Update: 20 June 2020

The Call for submissions which reflect the theme in the following areas is now open

● Digital Transformation 
● COVID-19
● Foreign Interference
● University Foreign Interference Taskforce (UFIT) guidelines
● Innovation in Cybersecurity 
● Strategic Leadership in Cybersecurity 
● 5G and IOT 
● Mindfulness and Mental Health 
● People, Culture and Capability 
● Privacy 
● Cloud and adoption 
● Cybersecurity and Identity Management 
● Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 
● Working overseas safely 
● Cyber in enterprise risk management – e.g. FAIR 
● Critical incident management 
● Regulatory requirements – domestic, international 
● Business continuity and resilience 
● Research data…how to share it, keep it safe
● Enabling online teaching 
● Governance 


Sessions can follow a variety of formats, including presentations, fireside chats, workshops, panels and lightning talks. To find out more and submit your abstract please visit the AHECS Summit site.  Submission deadline  is Friday  24 July 2020.   

Details and updates are available from the conference website: the  Summit as it evolves at :

With the ongoing development of COVID-19 the Inaugural AHECS Cybersecurity Summit will now be held as a hybrid online event in November 2020.

Update: April 2020


The theme for 2020 remains as “Bridging the Gap”. The event will feature village locations in capital cities and regional locations that will allow face to face interaction and connection into the virtual event. Good practice following COVID-19 health advice will be observed at all times and if social distancing remains in place the event will transition to an online only event. 

There will also be a number of webinars provided in 2020 leading up to the Summit.

The Inaugural AHECS Cybersecurity Summit will include a diverse mix of Higher Education cybersecurity and identity management presentations. Sessions include workshopping on how we can collaborate on addressing the University Foreign Interference Cybersecurity Guidelines, updates from ACSC, International organisations including EDUCAUSE and REN-ISAC, panel discussions, wellness and AHECS partner updates

Details and updates are available from the conference website: