Brisbane Committee Members

Branch executive

Mandy Turner

Mandy Turner has had a varied career ranging from musician, artist, fraud investigator and analyst. She currently works as a Senior Cyber Crime Analyst in the Australian Government based out of the Brisbane Joint Cyber Security Centre. Prior to this she was in CERT Australia where she held various roles including cyber incident response, communications and partnership adviser.  With more than nineteen years' specialist experience in the Australia Public Service, Mandy has expertise in information security, cybercrime and fraud investigation.

In her own time, she volunteers at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) as the Brisbane Branch Executive Chair, with Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN)  as the chief editor and blog manager of the AWSN blog and, is a Justice of the Peace. Mandy is always studying for her own enjoyment and has a variety of tertiary qualifications, none of which are useful for her paid employment! Mandy prefers coffee to any other beverage and can often be seen with coffee cup in hand. She joined the AISA Brisbane Committee in October 2013.


Committee members

David Manfield

Dr David Manfield joined the AISA Brisbane Committee at the start of 2013. David has over 30 years experience in the ICT industry working in telecommunications, IT security and e-health. He ran local crypto-security R&D company SPYRUS Pty Ltd for nine years, and retains an interest. His current business interests are via vPerformance Pty Ltd and include IT security solutions definition and delivery. Recently, he spent four years defining the software compliance framework for the National eHealth Transition Authority (NeHTA) to ensure that health IT systems met requirements for security, privacy and clinical safety for use in the national e-health system. In 2000, David set up the Queensland eSecurity Industry Cluster to assist local IT security companies in their business development.

Aki Sihto

Aki Sihto works in Operation Security for the Queensland Government as a Security Systems Administrator. His life-long relationship with Information Technology and systems in general began when his family got a Vic 20 in the early 80's. Since that time he has acquired experience and qualifications in business, economics and Information Technology with a diverse work experience ranging from SOHO clients to large enterprises such as IBM and Government. Aki joined the AISA Brisbane Committee in mid-2016 as an advocate for increased co-ordination between business, government and innovation functions in relation to our modern InfoSec challenges.

Dan Cox

Daniel is an outcomes focused security professional, with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of networking and security. With experience delivering architectural change across healthcare, finance and government verticals, Daniel proves that security architecture, risk management, and governance practices have the ability to work in great unison to enable the organisational strategic pathway, and innovative change. 

Daniel joined the AISA committee in October 2016, after joining the BrisSEC 2017 sub-committee earlier that same year, with the intention of cultivating improved collaboration, communication, and knowledge sharing between ICT and GRC professionals.   

Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from QUT, as well as numerous other professional certifications.

Committee Advisors

Lani Refiti  -  IoT Advisor

Lani is a long-time member of AISA and in 2011 joined the Brisbane Branch Committee where he assists in organising monthly speakers and meetings as well as promoting AISA as an organisation. At the AISA AGM held on 12 December 2012, Lani was elected unopposed to be the AISA Branch Executive.

Outside of AISA, Lani is the Security Lead for Cisco, Lani works with some of the largest organisations in Queensland to secure their IT infrastructure, with particular focus on the developing fields of security for Private and Public Clouds. Lani holds CISSP, CISM and CISA certifications and is currently studying Psychology/Psychotherapy.

Mike Younger  -  C Suite Advisor

Mike is a Cyber security Consultant with over 15 years in the ICT industry, and the last 11 in Cyber security. He has a MBA from QUT, completed in 2015, as well as a Bachelor of International Business from QUT completed in 2008. Mike also holds a CISM from ISACA for the past two years. Mike is a passionate cyber security evangelist, having joined Ernst & Young in 2013 as a Senior Manager providing security consulting services to clients throughout Asia Pacific. Mike has presented at several industry event such as RMIA, ISACA and the OT Security Forum at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. Mike also provides pro-bono consulting to Not For Profit boards in his spare time. Mike joined the AISA committee in mid 2016.

BrisSEC Sub-Committee

Simon Harvey

Simon is a long-time member of AISA and has more than 18 years experience in Information Security Governance and Architecture consulting, across the financial services, resources, telecommunications and public service sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Simon holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Information Technology from the University of Salford, UK. Prior to entering the commercial sector he was a Research Fellow based at the same university, working on the information security challenges inhibiting collaboration in the European Health and Construction industries.  Simon also holds current CISSP, CISM, SABSA and SOACP certifications.

Simon assisted with the organisation of BrisSec 2017, and hopes to improve the quantity and quality of his infamous Dad Jokes shared during the 2018 event..

Simon Stahn

Simon Stahn provides strategic advisory services covering information, identity and business intent. He focuses on the achieving the best possible client outcomes by defining and aligning client business, technology and information security needs.
International experience and over 25 years working in many sectors including finance, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, transport and government has provided Simon a strong basis for leading engagements across industry sectors. He tailors the people, process and technology aspects of engagements to meet the client’s business outcomes and assist them in enabling cultural change.
Simon has a particular interest in growing awareness and understanding of information security and privacy principles that further the advancement of business, government and the community as a whole.

Nicole Murdoch

Nicole is an Electrical Engineer and a Senior Associate in the IP Team at Bennett & Philp Lawyers.
Nicole acts in complex IP litigation matters, conducts Anton Piller searches to protect confidential information, negotiates licenses to commercialise IP and has performed IP due diligences relating to the acquisition of software/assets worth over $400Million.