Jo Stewart-Rattray

director of Information Security & IT Assurance, BRM Advisory (Australia)

Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field, some of which were spent as CIO in the utilities, as Group CIO in the tourism space and as a Group CISO in the health services arena. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management. She specialises in consulting in risk and technology issues with a particular emphasis on governance and security in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across several industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, manufacturing, tertiary education, retail and government.

Jo has chaired a number of ISACA’s international committees including the Board Audit & Risk Committee, Leadership Development and Professional Influence & Advocacy. She served as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors for seven years and was the founder of its global women’s leadership initiative, SheLeadsTech.

Because of her involvement with ISACA and the SheLeadsTech programme and her rural background, Jo was selected from a large number of candidates to be one of only two non-government delegates and was invited to join the official

Australian Government delegation to the 62nd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) held in New York in March 2018. She has spoken on Capitol Hill during a Day of Advocacy designed to bring tech leaders together in one place to discuss issues related to women in tech leadership and then to meet with Congress representatives and Senator’s offices. Jo has had an award established in her honour to recognise her outstanding leadership and commitment to increasing the representation of women in technology leadership and the tech workforce more broadly. The inaugural ISACA Oceania Jo Stewart-Rattray Award was awarded in September 2018.

Jo Stewart-Rattray will be speaking on the following topic:

Keynote Security as a business enabler: Making the business case for security

The hardest thing a chief information security officer ever has to do is to convince the business that security is there to be both an enabler and to protect the organisation, its employees and products using the right tools, education and collaboration. Collaboration and co-operation are essential, as is forming a strong relationship with colleagues from across the business, the board and the risk and assurance committee to ensure security is seen as an enabler to the market context in which the business operates. This often includes educating those at the highest level within the organisation using diplomacy and understanding. In this presentation, you will be introduced to the business model for information security, as well as hearing about practical, pragmatic approaches to positioning security as an enabler in a range of industry settings, from healthcare to heavy manufacturing and high-end tourism.

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