RSM Australia and Colin Biggers & Paisley hosted a virtual round-table discussing the relationship and links between cyber security and law as the number of data breaches in Australia increases.

Ashwin Pal, Director of Cyber Security and Privacy Risk Services at RSM Australia moderated a panel including, Toby Blyth, Corporate and Commercial Partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley, Nivi Newar, Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance at UNSW and Sophie Ruddick, Assistant Manager, Cyber Security and Risk Consulting at RSM Australia to discuss the following:

  •    Redefining the expectations of regulators, management and the Board.

  •    Reacting to a cyber-attack – The essentials to effective cyber risk management plans.

  •    What is the current threat landscape?

  •   What to do when you've been hacked.

  •    Current legislative framework wrt cyber.

  •    A view on cyber insurance.

Watch the recording below:

Meet the Speakers


Ashwin Pal - Director, Cyber Security and Privacy Risk Services - RSM Australia

Ashwin Pal is a Director of the Risk Advisory division in Sydney specialising in privacy and security. Ashwin is passionate about providing solutions to his clients and has worked alongside many industries including energy and utilities, government, health, mining and manufacturing. Prior to joining RSM, Ashwin built and controlled a security business for a large global systems integrator across the Asia Pacific region.


Toby Blyth - Partner, Corporate and Commercial - Colin Biggers & Paisley

Toby is a partner in the insurance and financial services team. He advises clients on Risk and financial services, regulator interaction, data protection and privacy/GDPR, AML/CTF, insurance - life, general, reinsurance, insurtech. Toby works closely with the Risk and Compliance Committee of an APRA regulated institution and for many years was a member of the disputes panel of a large private organisation. Toby is listed in the 2020-2022 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law.


Nivi Newar - Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance - UNSW

Nivi is Head of Cyber Security Strategy & Governance at University of New South Wales. She is responsible for the development, delivery and oversight of enterprise-wide cybersecurity policies and practices, advisory and assurance, risk management, compliance, awareness and strategy.


Nivi has previously worked at Vodafone for 4 years as an Enterprise Security Architecture/Strategy Lead where she helped in developing, implementing, and monitoring a strategic, comprehensive enterprise cyber security management program. She is also a finalist for Australia’s Most Outstanding Women in IT security at the 2021 Australia Women in Security Awards. 


Sophie Ruddick - Assistant Manager, Cyber Security and Risk Consulting - RSM Australia

Sophie is an Assistant Manager within the Cyber Security and Privacy Risk Consulting practice at RSM in Melbourne. Specialising in security governance, risk and compliance, and privacy, Sophie has experience in delivering consulting and internal audit services to several industries such as not-for-profit, health, local government, energy, financial services, amongst others.


She is also a PECB Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer and holds an ISACA Cyber Security Audit certificate. Prior to RSM, Sophie worked at Deloitte as a Cyber Security and Risk consultant and has been nominated for ‘the One to Watch in IT Security’ in 2020 and 2021 for the Australian Women in Security Awards.

For more information

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