Cyber security: Boards have wider insight but still struggle to manage risks

With an estimated 2.5 billion people around the globe using smartphones and most of us rarely a metre away from digital technology at any time, it’s safe to say, digital is here to stay. For decades, digital has been exciting. With the advent of the digital age, possibilities and opportunities for commerce were lauded as endless. The infectious desire to grow networks and stockpile huge amounts of data had everyone coding at the bit to ride the digital wave. Yet where there are waves there are sharks ready to take a chunk out of crucial data points and the company … Read more

SOUTH AUSTRALIA AIMING TO BE BLOCKCHAIN LEADER

First international Summit on blockchain in Australia. Potential to generate millions of dollars in the economy. World blockchain leaders to highlight enormous opportunities for Australia and business. South Australia is positioning itself as the blockchain leader in Australia with the potential to generate millions of dollars of economic activity. The South Australian Government and ADC Forum are collaborating with world leading blockchain entrepreneurs, financiers and regulators on the first ADC Global Blockchain Summit in Australia. The Summit will be held in Adelaide on 18-19 March 2019. South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, said the Summit will play a major role in … Read more

Save the Soil to Save the Planet

Far from the usual premise of Hollywood’s dystopian future horrors, experts hypothesise that the next central instigator of catastrophic international conflict will be soil. Forget the zombie virus outbreak, what may be able to bring humanity to its knees will be far less fantastical. The nutritional health of soil, and its ability to yield basic crops such as wheat, corn and lettuce, will arguably be the epicentre of geopolitical strife and violence in the decades to come. No longer should the image of vaults prized open and the sheen of gold bricks be held. If the dialogue on protecting and … Read more

What do leaders need to do to regain trust

Leadership has long held a particular allure for mankind. From the leverage it affords the wielder to make change as they see fit, to the myriad of useful externalities it brings, leadership, and the power innate within it, has not had anything but a checkered past. While memorable leaders such as Mandela and William Wilberforce have cast benevolent legacies to be recited at primary school history presentations for years to come, history carries the heavy weight of leaders who used their platform to harm, deceive and destroy. Pol Pot, Jeffrey Skilling, Elizabeth Holmes and Berlusconi, to name only a few … Read more

Cybersecurity And The Future Of Our Networks

Bluntly put there are two types of companies, those who have been hacked and those who are poised to be hacked. An alarming trend is that many see the issue of cyber security as merely contained to the corporate sector. Threats to network and data security have stemmed and will continue to stem from a multitude of state and non-state actors, posing threats to all and sundry, regardless of type, commercial enterprise, state body or individual. Understanding the nature of the cyber environment is the first step in pivoting to a reasonable position of defense. What are state and non-state … Read more

Education and Economic Performance

Rapid changes in technological industries and the inability of modern institutions of learning to adapt at that pace is creating a disjuncture of supply to need. Corporations are becoming increasingly frustrated at the gap in skills offered by recent graduates from established institutions and are instead focussing on direct involvement in workforce development. Questions as to the validity of an education system developed in the 19th century to meet modern workforce needs are strongly being asked. Will established institutions be able to adapt to the radical transformation needed from sectors that are developing at breakneck speed? In order to set … Read more

Global economy update and searching for higher growth opportunities for Australia.

Australia’s economic health has consistently been at odds with the trend of many foreign state economies. Where many countries have seen their growth periods curtailed to six to eleven years, Australia has seen continuous growth for over twenty seven. Where many national economies were seen to buckle in the wake of the GFC, Australia’s economy registered merely a ripple. Now as the U.S nears its tenth year of expansion and by all measures the global economy seems to have ushered itself into a period of healthy growth, what are the threats posed to this rosy patch? From inherent structural weaknesses … Read more

Disrupting healthcare to contain the rising costs of an ageing population

Interview with Professor Shitij Kapur Australia’s healthcare industry must become a “data-driven, integrated system of care” to bring down costs, and drive efficiencies, but the change is likely to be met with some resistance, according to the Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services at the University of Melbourne. Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Services at the University of Melbourne, will speak at the upcoming Australian Davos Connection Leaders Forum on the topic of ‘Disrupting Healthcare and Promoting Wellbeing’. Leading up to the event, which is being held on the Gold Coast between 21 June and … Read more

ADC Northern Development Summit Report

In June 2014 ADC Forum gathered the most extensive group of Australian and International leaders and decision makers to develop a shared vision and action plan for development of Australia’s northern regions. This Northern Development Summit; a non-partisan forum for Participants to shape this defining national project. Participation provided the opportunity to: Contribute to the creation of an action plan for the North to influence Government policy Build strong networks and direct connections to national and regional investors Hear directly from and communicate with key national decision makers Connect with a credible independent platform that is respected by governments and … Read more