Cyber Security Starts with Infrastructure

August 24th & 25th

Gold Coast Convention Centre,
2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218








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About The Co-Oper8 Forum

The Co-Oper8 Forum is a premier event hosted by Oper8 Global in the beautiful city of Gold Coast on August 24th and 25th, 2023, the forum is set to bring together experts and thought leaders in the fields of Cyber Security and Data Centre Solutions.

The Forum will feature keynote speakers sharing their insights and knowledge on the latest developments and trends in these areas. With an engaging and dynamic program, the Co-Oper8 Forum promises to be an excellent opportunity for attendees to network, learn, and grow professionally. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to be part of the premier event of the year







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20 Speakers



Day 1

The theme for Co-Oper8 2023 is “Cyber Security Starts with Infrastructure” and we have a packed schedule for you.
Our Keynote speakers will kick off the day with their insights and perspectives on the importance of a strong infrastructure for cyber security.
Following the Keynote, we have 12 informative presentations, engaging panels, and thought-provoking discussions lined up for you. From experts in the field to industry leaders, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of perspectives on the role of infrastructure in cyber security.

Featured Speakers

Paul Milford
CoE Lead Technology Discovery & Validation - Telstra
 Responsible for the discovery and validation of current, emerging and future technologies and their innovative application in Customer Solutions including the transition to scale.  Paul has been in the telecommunications industry since 1984 working for 17 years in Telstra across key transformational technologies before spending 6 years working internationally.
Holger Arends
Co-Founder, CEO and CTO - Cydalics
Holger has over 25 years’ experience in Cyber Security commencing his career with the German military.
Mark Airo-Farulla
APAC Regional Sales Director - AppViewX
An experienced APAC Sales Manager across a broad spectrum of IT Cyber Security Principles & Industries, from Government, Telco, Enterprise, Banking & Retail for 20+ Years
Igor Livshitz
Director of Product Management - Akamai Technologies
Igor is the director of product management for Guardicore now part of Akamai. Igor is responsible for product strategy and leading the charge protecting emerging technologies. Before joining Guardicore, Igor served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for a decade. In his last position at the IDF, Igor was the CISO of the Intelligence Corps Technological Unit where he led a team of 20 engineers and security researchers to deliver groundbreaking security solutions. Prior to that, Igor held key cybersecurity positions at the Israeli Airforce. Igor holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science.
Chris Goldstone
Managing Director - Strategic Directions
Over 35+ years ICT Industry experience, with roles including CIO in local Council, and board roles in Private Education sector. BAppSc/Maths, GAICD
Nick Lovell
Global Sales Director - Oper8 Global
An experienced leader of both Sales and Account Management in corporate B2B and Government customers with a detailed understanding of service delivery.
Brian Grant
ANZ's Regional Director - Thales Cloud Security
Brian Grant is the Thales Regional Director with responsibility for the Data Protection business in Australia and New Zealand. He started his career in technology when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force, working on critical air traffic control systems. He has had extensive hands on and leadership experience in delivering innovative and unique solutions for organisations, with a particular emphasis on networking and cybersecurity. He has held regional leadership roles for a number of technology start-ups and is passionately committed to helping clients embed data security to better deliver confidentiality, integrity and availability in our data dependent world
Simon Gardner
Global Chief Technology Officer - Oper8 Global
Over 33 years experience in the Data Centre Industry MBA BSc Hons (Oxon) C.Eng, ANSI TIA-942 Certified Lead Designer & Auditor
Robert Feldman
Director - Gadens Lawyers
Robert has over 20 years of IT, corporate/commercial and construction experience gained in private practice, in-house roles and directly within the IT industry.
Mike Andrea
Global Chief Executive Officer - Oper8 Global
Cofounder and Director of Oper8 Global Over 35 years of experience in the IT and Data Centre industry GAICD, CCEO, Dip App SC, Fellow CEO Institute



Day 2

To kick off day 2 of Co-Oper8 Forum, we have another keynote presentation that will delve deeper into the theme of “Cyber Security Starts with Infrastructure.” This keynote will provide a fresh perspective and help you gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in this field.
Following the keynote, we have a range of presentations, panels, and discussions that will cover a variety of topics related to cybersecurity and infrastructure. From hands-on technical sessions to thought-provoking discussions, there’s something for everyone.
You’ll have the opportunity to network with industry experts, peers, and thought leaders, and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in cyber security.

Sponsorship Packages

The Co-Oper8 Forum offers a unique opportunity for companies to showcase their products and services to a targeted audience of industry leaders and professionals. We have designed 4 levels of sponsorship packages, each offering a tailored set of benefits and exposure opportunities, to suit the needs and budget of our approved partners.

Our team is dedicated to working closely with our sponsors to ensure a successful and rewarding experience at the Co-Oper8 Forum.





Accommodation Packages

We have secured rooms at the Dorsett Hotel on the Gold Coast for our conference attendees to ensure a seamless and convenient experience.
By working closely with the hotel management, we have been able to reserve a block of rooms specifically for attendees of the Co-Oper8 Conference.
This allows our attendees to take advantage of the discounted rate that we have negotiated, and ensures that they will have a comfortable and convenient place to stay during the conference.
The Dorsett Hotel is located in a prime location on the Gold Coast and offers a range of amenities and services to make our attendees’ stay as enjoyable as possible.

Thursday Night Dinner

Join us for a delightful dinner at Miss Moneypenny’s on the Gold Coast after the Co-Oper8 Conference, where you will have the opportunity to dine with your peers in a relaxed and stylish setting.
Miss Moneypenny’s is a popular restaurant that offers a diverse menu and a chic atmosphere, making it the perfect place for conference attendees to unwind and enjoy each other’s company after a day of learning and networking.

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