THE Australian Information Security Association has decided not to proceed this year with the Australian Cyber Conference due to covid-19 restrictions and health considerations.
More than 4000 delegates from across the country and overseas were expected to attend 'Cybercon' - as it is known - on November 15-17 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
AISA will stage a two-day virtual conference in its stead, with more details to be announced soon.
Cybercon 2022 is scheduled for October 11-13 next year in Melbourne.
Please find today's announcement from the AISA Board to members below:
In each capital city and across regional Australia, Covid-19 continues to impact all of us not just from a health and well-being perspective, but especially with planning large gatherings, travel and risk management. Lockdowns on our capital cities can happen at a moment’s notice as illustrated by the cancellation of the AISA Cybercon Connect conference in Sydney on the 24th of June.
Ongoing interstate and international border closures, restrictions on gatherings and reduced capacities in venues, combined with the continued uncertainty and delay in the rollout of the Australian Federal Government vaccine program, has meant that the AISA Board have carefully considered the situation in relation to the 2021 Australian Cyber Conference scheduled for November.
After much consultation, deliberation and discussion with a range of stakeholders including health experts and risk managers, we regrettably advise that the 2021 Australian Cyber Conference will not take place in Melbourne 15-17 November 2021 in the format we had planned.
I fully appreciate the impact the decision to not proceed with the conference has on our community. This will be disappointing for those of you who were planning to attend and have expressed tremendous support for an in-person conference. However, in its current format the risk of a planned gathering of over 4,000 people and ongoing uncertainty in regard to when lockdowns will end in Australia outweigh the potential benefits of proceeding. Our duty of care remains first and foremost to AISA members, their families and the Australian community.
We intend to deliver a series of activities during November which will include a 2-day virtual conference with compelling content and opportunities to engage with other members of the cyber community. Registration for this conference will open soon.
AISA is pleased to announce the 2022 conference dates are Tuesday 11 October - Thursday 13 October 2022 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
AISA looks forward to a bigger and brighter 2022 and our desire to resume our normal events calendar in a safe and responsible manner.