26-27 October 2013, CQ Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia


The Ruxcon panel discussion returns once again and is ready to ignite conversation on issues that have popped up during the past year. This year we are focusing on topics that have been covered by the technology and mainstream media, and it will be up to our esteemed panel of experts and commentators to separate fact from fiction and offer insight into what can be complex issues. As always, our panel consists of passionate experts from the entire spectrum of the computer security universe.

The panel is held as an informal discussion between our experts. Special guest speakers may pop in and out of the panel and they will be able to provide their own specific insight into the discussion at hand. Delegates are invited to use the questions we've given to our panel members as a starting point and contribute to the panel by asking questions throughout the session.


  1. APT1
  2. Snowden
  3. Active Defence
  4. Kimble & Silkroad
  5. Wikileaks


Ken Day



Ken Day spent 15 years with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as a Federal Agent. During his time there he founded the first Computer Crime Team in Australia and obtained the first criminal convictions within the country for computer crime offences. During his 9 years leading this team Ken pioneered computer crime (technology) investigations and technology forensics for the AFP. After leaving the AFP spent time consulting, worked as a Risk Manager within the financial services industry and he now he runs his own business,




Patrick Gray is an information security journalist and best known as the host of the Risky Business podcast on Risky.Biz. Over the last decade he's written about infosec for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin Magazine,,, ZDNet and others.



Iain King is a subject matter expert in enterprise network security. Iain has extensive experience in design, build and operations with some of the most geographically diverse and high performance enterprise environments in the industry and has been engaged with companies such as Nokia, pre-oracle Sun Microsystems, Telstra and Hewlett-Packard in Europe, Asia-Pacific and China for over 15 years.

Iain enjoys subjects such as access control methodology & operational process management, log analysis and reporting, resolving complex Sev1 incidents in the early hours of the morning, automation and virtualization, history, anthropology, military affairs and repairing motorcycles.

Iain is presently employed as a Tech IV (Expert) with Hewlett-Packard in Enterprise Services and is an operational volunteer firefighter with the CFA.




Andrew Pam has twenty-five years experience in the computer industry. He has been involved with computer communications technology for twenty-three years and the Internet for eighteen years developing and debugging software, designing and deploying networks and actively participating in a variety of working groups and international research organisations, including a series of presentations at international conferences since 1996 and a two year position as a Visiting Professor at Keio University Japan in 1998-99.

He has been following developments in hypermedia and hypertext, content management and online publishing, file systems, distributed systems, peer-to-peer networking and global intellectual property law for many years. He is an active advocate of Free and Open Source software and free speech rights, including marching in the "Free Dmitry" protest in San Francisco in August 2001.



Not Speaking On Behalf Of Employer

After over a decade as the Chief Security Officer for the oldest ISP and Telco in The Netherlands, Scott's gone antipodean and now works as Telstra's Chief Security Specialist based in Australia's greatest city, Melbourne. A regular speaker at conferences around the world, such as FIRST, AusCERT and many others, Scott attempts to combine humour and insight with his IT security presentations. A staunch advocate for privacy and increased security for the masses, Scott believes the Internet can be re-claimed by those who want to do good, and shouldn't fall prey to the creepy behaviour our headlines are being filled with. Scott holds several academic degrees (from BSc to PhD) but has found more value out of hands-on and real world experiences. Despite being in Internet/IT security for nearly 30 years, Scott still refuses to wear a tie, Go Management, or give up his shell prompt. He's especially thankful for his 4G connection and hopes he never has to type +++ATH0 again anytime soon.



Australian Greens Party

Senator Scott Ludlam is member to the Australian Greens and represents Western Australia in the Senate.

First elected in 2007, Scott has portfolio responsibility for Broadband, Communications & the Digital Economy; Housing; Nuclear Issues; Heritage; Sustainable Cities; and assisting on Defence Material and Resources and Energy.

Scott was a leading voice against the Federal Government's attempt to censor the internet with its mandatory net filter, moved amendments to better secure public ownership of the National Broadband Network and has been a strong advocate for a diverse, accessible communications sector. He is campaigning against the Government ‘reforms’ of security legislation to boost ASIO’s data capture and retention powers.

A prolific and effective participant in the Committee process, Scott initiated the first national inquiry into public transport. Senator Ludlam has been a leading proponent of urban light rail and the benefits of rapid, highly networked anywhere-to-anywhere transit and his campaign for a light rail network in Perth is coming to fruition after four years of work. The blackspot’ iPhone app he developed has been a huge hit with cyclists Australia wide.

Scott has championed the Australian Greens “Convert to Rent” initiative, launched during the 2010 federal election. When the National Rental Affordability Scheme faced severe funding cuts, Scott fought for and won the restoration of 15,000 affordable dwellings to the Scheme.

A long time campaigner against the nuclear cycle, he is fighting the proposed national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty Station, has exposed radiation leaks and water contamination at the Ranger uranium mine in the NT, and ongoing radiation safety concerns at Australia's only nuclear facility at Lucas Heights.

Scott is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network; Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety; Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Standing Committee on Privileges

Scott is a co-Chair of the Australian Parliamentarians for Democracy in Burma and a founding member of the Parliamentary Friends of SBS.