Old Dog / New Tricks - Cold War Espionage to Modern Infosec

When:  Sep 29, 2022 from 17:00 to 19:30 (ET)
Associated with  Canberra Chapter


  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Registration
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Speaker Presentation with Q&A
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Post-Event Networking

Location: Crowne Plaza, 1 Binara St, Canberra City

Old Dog / New Tricks

Jointly hosted by ISACA and AISA Canberra Branch, please join us for a face-to-face meeting and networking opportunity with a live and interactive presentation and discussion on how today's cyber landscape has its roots in the tools and methodologies of the Cold War with guest speakers Mike Pritchard, who is the Regional Sales Manager at Cydarm and Shanna Daly, who is Principal Consultant at Cosive.

With the aid of genuine spy artefacts Mike and Shanna will give examples of how the motivations and methodology of Cold War espionage have carried through to modern infosec. Drawing on Shanna’s deep experience in mitigating current cyber threats, and Mike’s extensive collection of espionage tech, this talk will take you from housebreaking to Access Brokers, from typewriters to Keyloggers, from bugs and Kompromat cameras to RATS, from speech-over-IR to malware C&C - and more.

Genuine spy equipment is usually destroyed so surviving artefacts are both rare and expensive. This presentation is probably unique in the world in that it brings vintage espionage artefacts out from locked cases into an intimate setting with friends to illustrate the roots of modern cyber threats.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speaker and refreshments and drinks will be served after the presentation


Mike Pritchard has worked in infosec for over ten years and recently joined Cydarm, an Australian sovereign SecOps platform vendor. Mike has built an extensive collection of vintage espionage and "birth of cyber" artefacts as part of his personal giving back project to stand up a historical and educational resource.

Shanna Daly is one of Australia's best known Threat Hunter / Incident Responders, with over twenty years of experience across GRC, auditing, pen testing and more recently data forensics and incident response. Shanna is now a lead consultant with Cosive, a specialist Australasian cyber services company.


Crowne Plaza
1 Binara St
Canberra City, ACT 2601


Jonathan Tremethick