OWASP Canberra


Welcome to the Canberra Chapter of OWASP home page!

The OWASP Canberra Chapter was active in 2013 and was rebooted in 2020. We are aiming to organise local events throughout the year.

The chapter leaders are Toby Amodio & Akshay Gupta.

Our Goals

We aim to bring together people from research, academia and industry to motivate, and empower others to pursue a career in cybersecurity. By raising awareness against discrimination within the workforce, we work towards increasing diversity and equality in cybersecurity.

We are committed to helping discover the next generation of cybersecurity talent. We aim to offer mentorship programs to educate those new to cybersecurity, and provide talks from industry professionals to showcase all cybersecurity has to offer.

We want to help you connect with like-minded individuals. Whether you are new to cybersecurity or a seasoned veteran, our goal is to build a community where everyone can openly discuss and explore current issues in cybersecurity, employment opportunities and more. By providing networking opportunities, we want everyone to get involved in the community and establish relationships with new people.

Industry Insights
No cybersecurity professional would feel complete without latest Industry insights and we will aim to hold various Industry leaders led sessions/talks from time to time.

Interested In Speaking?
We are always open to speakers who want to present a talk that aligns with our Chapter goals. If you are interested, please email your proposed topic, abstract, and brief speaker bio to Akshay Gupta.

Upcoming Events!

Please join our meetup group to stay updated on latest events. All Our Online events will be usually scheduled via Zoom and face to face events venues may vary. Please follow OWASP Canberra Chapter (this) page and OWASP Canberra Meetup Group page for more upto date details of all the events.

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Event: Drop In Session - Canberra OWASP Online Meet and Greet session and a powerful knowledge session delivered by with Toby (CISO, Department of Parliament)
Details: via zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97094568063 on 29th March 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Past Events!

Event: Online Event -Avoid IaC misconfigurations across the different platforms
Details: via zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/97094568063 on 17th Nov 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Online Event - Static Code Analysis - Technical Deep Dive with Cole Crawford
Proposed Date: 15th Sep 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Drop In Session - Canberra OWASP Online Meet and Greet
Proposed Date: Alternate Months ( Apr, June, Aug, Oct, Dec 2021) - 3rd Wednesday @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Online Presentation - Cyber Skill Building with Toby Amodio CISO Australian Taxation Office
Date: 18th May 2021 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Event: Online Presentation - A layered approach to Cyber Security Assessments with Anish, Lead, Cyber Assessments
Date: 21st Jul 2021 - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in our Projects, Local Chapters, Events, Online Groups, and Community Slack Channel. We especially encourage diversity in all our initiatives. OWASP is a fantastic place to learn about application security, to network, and even to build your reputation as an expert. We also encourage you to be become a member or consider a donation to support our ongoing work.

Sponsor our Chapter
If you are interested in sponsoring our chapter or an event , please contact us via email.

Please feel free to contact Toby Amodio (ne Mcmohan) or Akshay Gupta for all enquiries.


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Please find below the presentation packs and other material from past events. Please note: Not all material from all events will be recorded/shared here.

Cyber Skill Building with Toby Amodio - May 2021

Canberra Chapter Leaders

1. Toby Amodio

Toby is a trusted public servant and leader with a proven history of building strong capabilities aligned to tomorrows challenges. He has led large, diverse and geographically dispersed teams of over 120 security professionals to protect, detect and respond to cyber challenges. He is a people focused leader with a deep technical background with achievements that include establishing the first Strategic Security Architecture for the Australian Taxation Office. He is proven to deliver, has a relentless drive for improving his teams and is laser focused on building enduring effective relationships.

2. Akshay Gupta

Akshay is a technical and highly trusted Cyber Security Consultant with detailed and proven experienve within ISM, PSPF, Cloud, Application security and PCI industry. Akshay has delivered various major programs of work including cloud migration, Data centre, Internet gateway, payment gateways for major banks, Digital service gateways, Identity and Access Assurance, Automation projects. He has an Engineering background with research experience within mechatronics and renewable energy. He is passionate about latest cyber trends, AI and ML based Security tools and technology and has a strong knowledge and applicability experience of NIST, ISM, PSPF and ISO 27000 standards.

Canberra Chapter Projects

Welcoming new interests and ideas, we encourage young and fresh talents to propose any ideas you may have and think would be a good fit to be a OWASP Canberra community project, We are here to provide assistance and engage industry veterans to provide any required mentorship/support.

Canberra chapter is in process of running some small but yet powerful projects, if you are keen to join hands and participate please feel free to email Akshay Gupta on [email protected]