simonsmith2Simon Smith says that when it comes to cyber security, a utility’s employees are its biggest risk.

With over 20 years’ experience in cyber security, Mr Smith will explain how to protect staff against the cyber attack strategies like social engineering at Secure Utilities, a Melbourne event helping keep utilities up to date with the latest ideas for securing their data and assets.

In his Secure Utilities presentation ‘Cyber security: your people are your biggest risk’, Mr Smith will discuss strategies to identify and educate help desk staff, explain how cyber attackers use social engineering to gain data or access, and show how social media in the workplace can also bring significant risks.

Mr Smith, currently the CEO and a Cyber Forensic Private Investigator at eVestigator, has performed roles such as master computer programmer, university lecturer, forensic hi-tech investigator, cyber investigative expert, social media intelligence expert, cyber counter-intelligence threat expert, white hat hacker, private investigator, and computer and mobile forensics expert.

Mr Smith is a seasoned senior analyst and former trainer of advanced programming dating back 17 years at Swinburne University.

He has appeared on Channel 7, Channel 9 and the ABC, speaking on topics such as cyberbullying, cybercrime and cyber stalking, and has worked on cases involving high-tech crime, IP theft, eDiscovery, hacking, cults and sex offences.

Mr Smith holds several post-graduate qualifications in security, investigation, and fraud control, and is considered a Master in IT, a child genius and Australia’s best cyber industry expert witness in any court.

Are your employees your weakest link? Our event, Secure Utilities, being held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne on 23 March 2017, will ensure you’re up to date with the latest thinking and technology to make sure your staff keep your assets and data safe.


Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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