New Zealand Internet Task Force
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Board Members

Karen ThompsonKaren Thompson

Adrian van Hest

Adrian van Hest
Adrian is passionate about improving New Zealand cyber security and was involved in the formative stages and establishment of the NZITF and has been a board member since 2014. Adrian is the National Cyber practise leader for PwC and has a specific focus on IT security, risk, project governance, strategy and innovation. He also leads PwC’s Global Threat and Vulnerability Management Centre of Excellence, one of the largest team of researchers and testers focussed on combatting vulnerabilities and threats to organisations. With over 22 years of international business and IT experience, Adrian has spent significant time working in the IT security industry helping clients with risk assessments, compliance, policy, threat mitigation, architecture, and strategy. Adrian also has extensive experience in incident response and crisis management, disaster recovery, and contingency planning.

Barry Brailey - Chair

Barry Brailey
Barry has been involved with NZITF since 2009 serving initially on the steering committee and then the Board (following incorporation of the society in 2011). Barry also co-founded and is on the Board of iSANZ (Information Security Awards NZ).
Barry spent a number of years in the British Army where he specialised in investigations, IT Forensics, IT Security and the protection of critical assets. In 2005 he left the Army and headed to New Zealand, initially working in the private sector as a security consultant and then as a security specialist for a global engineering firm. Following this, Barry spent a few years working for the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), filling the role of Operations Lead for the Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CCIP) and later the Head of Consultancy Services at National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Barry joined the .nz Domain Name Commission as the Manager, Security Policy in October 2012.

Dean Pemberton - Treasurer

Dean Pemberton
Dean Pemberton is an independent contractor with over 20 years experience in the security and networking arenas. From his MSc in intrusion detection to the present day, Dean has found the two common themes across his career... Discovering new technologies and helping others as they learn how to apply them securely to assist their communities.
Within New Zealand his company contracts to both public and private organisations across a number of infrastructure and strategic projects.
On an International stage he works closely with a number of NGOs to assist in the deployment and securing of networks in developing nations. Dean has worked on network and security deployments in such places as Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Tonga, Samoa and others.
Furthering the theme of new technologies, Dean is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at Victoria University's School of Engineering and Computer Science in Software Defined Networking.

Mike Seddon - Vice Chair

Mike Seddon
Mike has been in ICT support roles for over thirty years and neck deep in information security since 1999. He left Telecom NZ as Operational Security Officer in 2014 to join the NCSC as Senior Network Security Consultant. He is also a co-founder and board member of the New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) and founding committee member of iSANZ.
Mike represents both NCSC and NZITF on a number of domestic and international trust groups and security forums and he'll also happily talk to anyone willing to listen about beekeeping.

Terry MacDonald

Terry MacDonald
Terry MacDonald has been involved in information security for over 15 years. He has been a major contributor to the STIX, TAXII, and CybOX threat intelligence sharing standards through his work on the OASIS Cyber Threat Intelligence Technical Committee, and has provided advisory services to major vendors such as Microsoft and Soltra. He is co-chair of the FIRST Information Exchange Policy Special Interest Group (IEP-SIG) and is a NZITF board member. Terry has worked in various roles during that time, spanning Security Operations, Policy, Planning, Design, Business Development and Product Development. Terry co-founded the Spark NZ Security Operations Team, has worked in senior roles at the Cisco Managed Threat Defense centre and helped Microsoft develop their internal Threat Intelligence Management solution. In recent years Terry has focused on helping organizations integrate threat intelligence, incident response and policy planning together, to gain the most benefit from their information security programmes. He currently works for Cosive as a Chief Product Officer. He has the CISSP, GCIA, GCIA and GXPN certifications in addition to numerous vendor specific qualifications.

Toni Demetriou

Toni Demetriou
Toni Demetriou is the Manager of the Electronic Messaging Compliance Unit at the Department of Internal Affairs and is currently a member of the Regulatory Services Leadership Team within Internal Affairs. Part of his role at Internal Affairs is to provide stewardship, strategic direction and leadership across a range of regulatory functions and ICT responsibilities undertaken by Regulatory Services. Toni has been involved with the NZITF since its inception and has been a board member since 2011. In 2012 Toni was awarded a Chief Executives award with Internal Affairs which enabled him to study and obtain an MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation from the University College of Dublin in Ireland. Toni is currently studying part time at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University towards a Masters of Strategic Studies. Toni’s current role at Internal Affairs enables him and the team to work with public and private authorities domestically and internationally in the Anti-Spam problem space.

Chester Holmes - Secretary

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