AISA Webinar: What’s it really like to be a cyber start-up founder?

Join us for an online panel discussion with guest speakers Susie Jones, Cynch, and Ian Yip, Avertro, presenting on what it's like to startup your own organisation.




Topic:  What’s it really like to be a cyber start-up founder? Stories from two entrepreneurs who have made the leap
2020 has seen great success for cyber startups. We’ve seen Cloud Conformity exit, while Secure Code Warrior, Bugcrowd, Kasada and Dtex Systems have raised huge funding rounds to drive growth. In 2018, 26% of AISA members said that they wanted to be part of a startup in the next five years of their career. But what does it take?

Hear from start-up founders Susie Jones, Cynch and Ian Yip, Avertro who will tackle the tough questions, covering topics such as:
developing your MVP
getting started - backing yourself, leaving a salaried job, having THAT conversation
validating your idea - why you test first
the highs and the lows - fundraising, pivots, building a team
the biggest differences from being in a corporate role
the challenge of winning those first PoCs and early customers

Participants will have the opportunity at the end of the session to ask questions of the speakers via the Q&A Chat box.



Susie Jones, CEO and Co-founder, Cynch
An experienced cybersecurity, risk, insurance and innovation leader, having worked at Willis, Marsh, and Australia Post. Now Co-founder at Cynch, Susie’s passion is finding a way to help small business leaders take back control of their risks.



Ian Yip, CEO and Co-founder, Avertro
Former CTO of McAfee Asia Pacific, now CEO and Co-founder at Avertro. Avertro focuses on the business representation of cybersecurity, building a permanent bridge to translate cyber in a normalised way.

    Kirstin McIntosh, Head of Partnerships, CyRise
CyRise is Australia’s cyber security venture accelerator where Kirstin works with some of most technically adept and ambitious minds of the cyber security community, giving them entrepreneurial skills, introductions to CISOs, and links to investors.


This webinar is free and only available to AISA Members, please click here to register online
Non AISA Members: If you would like to become an AISA member you can join here

For any queries regarding this event, please contact AISA Event & Sponsorship Manager, Susanna Palermo via email or visit our website

 Time Zones:

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST (Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney)
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm ACST (Adelaide & Darwin)
  • 10:30am - 11:30am AWST (Perth)

Participate in the webinar:

  • Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with the webinar registration link. Use this link and ensure you logon to the webinar at least 10 minutes prior to the start time
  • You will require a strong and stable internet connection
  • It is recommended you use a headset or headphones so you can hear the presentation
  • A recording of the live session will be available for registrants after the event


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7/7/2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
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