Branch Chair

Craig Ford

Craig is a cybersecurity professional with experience working in ethical hacking, incident response, security consulting and more. Craig is the AISA cybersecurity professional of the year 2020. Craig is proudly employed as a Senior Security Architect for Baidam Solutions and is currently doing a full-time placement with a federal government agency in Brisbane.

He is a freelance cybersecurity journalist with previous works on CSO Online and has a regular column for the “Women in Security” Magazine. He is a published author with three books currently published (A Hacker I Am, A Hacker I am Vol2 in the cybersecurity series and the most recent Foresight a Hacker/Cyberpunk fantasy novel created) and a fourth currently in the works set for publishing later this year.

Craig has been a member of the Brisbane executive team for more than a year now and is looking forward to helping continue the strong presence and contribution to the Brisbane infosec community.

Deputy Chair

Shelly Mills

With a background in communications, Shelly discovered her passion for cybersecurity whilst assisting on a cybersecurity awareness campaign. She has since worked in Cyber Security projects and awareness and now works in Data Governance at a G8 University. She is passionate about cybersecurity awareness and data privacy and using her communications and organisation skills to support others and contribute to the industry.

Shelly has been a very active member of the Brisbane branch executive committee for more than 12 months and will help to push the Brisbane AISA community to greater heights.

Committee members

Mark Carey-Smith

Mark is a highly experienced cyber security professional with a wide variety of skills and knowledge. Mark has 21 years industry experience across multiple sectors. Mark specializes in cyber security governance and risk, with a particular passion for cyber security awareness, behavior change and cultural improvement. Mark is recognized within the information security community as being an insightful, thoughtful and innovative professional with an eye for detail. Mark is a SABSA certified practitioner and holds a PhD earned through research into information security management in organizations

Bruce Large

Bruce has 15 years experience working with IT and OT in network and system engineering roles. Bruce has worked in Electricity Generation, Railway, Aviation, Emergency Services and Consulting industries. Bruce considers himself to be a security architecture enthusiast as well as an infrastructure tourist. He is a Foundation Chartered SABSA Architect (SCF), is working on his A3 SCP paper,  holds the GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID) certificate and has attended Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Cyber Security training at QUT. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) First Class Honours and a Master of Business (Applied Finance) with Distinction from QUT.

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.

Bashir Semakula

Bashir Semakula is the founder of Cyberlastic Pty Ltd, a cyber advisory company that helps organisations make cybersecurity simple and affordable.

At Cyberlastic, Bashir works as a virtual CISO and Security Advisor, and his main focus is helping clients develop customised cyber strategies, prioritise capabilities and communicate cybersecurity effectively to senior business leaders.

Before devoting his work full-time to Cyberlastic, Bashir worked for a University as its Manager, IT Security, Architecture and Governance and, before that, for a state government department as the Security Architect and Principal Information Security Specialist.

Over the last 16 years, Bashir has worked across various industries such as government, education, non-profit and financial services providing various Information Technology and cybersecurity advisory services.  Bashir has also lectured information security and project management at Kampala International University, Dar es Salaam College.

In addition to being a founder, vCISO and Security Advisor, Bashir is also a keen runner and cyclist and has participated in many events such as Noosa Triathlon and Gold Coast Marathon. Bashir has also hiked to Everest Basecamp.

Luke Zillman

Luke is a highly regarded cyber security professional working across the public and private sectors for 15+ years. Luke has held leadership roles in cyber security operations, incident response, computer forensics/investigations, governance risk, and compliance, internal audit, and security architecture. Luke is currently the Manager, Information Security (Governance, Risk and Compliance) for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Luke holds a bachelor's degree in Information Technology with a dual major in Data Communications and Information Systems, Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Information Security) and is CISSP, CISA, CISM, and ISO 27001 LA Certified.

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