Security Risks Scholarship recipients announced


Congratulations to the four successful Women on Boards and McGrathNicol Security Scholarship recipients Katerina Karanikolopoulos, Belinda Howell, Sarah Woolford and Leesa Bauer.


The scholarship was open to Women on Boards members serving on a NFP board to attend our five-part Security Risks & Risk Management for Boards program which starts this Thursday 20 October. 

Katerina is a Board Director with Auscam Freedom Project In, Leesa is a NED with Centracare NENW, WOB Cultural Diversity Committee member Belinda Howell is a NED with Plan International and Sarah  Woolford is Board Member with Rural, Regional, Remote Women's Network of WA.

About the program

For the past five years, cyber risk has been at the top of risk registers across the country. Sharp jolts are now being felt due to geopolitical, climate and energy concerns leading to persistent questions of how this is impacting business and what the short term outlook will be. As a result, Boards and management are increasingly evaluating their exposure to the geopolitical outlook, supply chain vulnerabilities and the ever present threat of a cyber-attack.

In an effort to encourage proper safeguards, the Australian government has passed amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure (SOCI) Act 2018. All critical asset owners and operators must now manage the security and resilience of their critical infrastructure assets to avoid financial penalties. Whilst this may be viewed as impacting certain industries, the reality will be a shift in security expectations and obligations across the wider business community to deliver a more secure supply chain.

Notably, some Boards will now be required to annually certify that risk management programs are up-to-date and that all hazards that may have a significant relevant impact on asset(s) have been identified. Boards, executives and senior business leaders therefore have a crucial role to play in making their organisation a collaborator on this issue and to avoid complacency.

At the end of the program participants will:

  • Understand the wider implications of the Security of Critical Infrastructure (SOCI) Act amendments and how they may impact organisations that sit within the supply chain of the eleven critical infrastructure sectors
  • Be attuned to a range of hazards which may significantly compromise the security and resilience of an organisation
  • Know what best practice Risk Management Programs look like
  • Understand what key risk questions Board members should be asking senior executives

This program is for:

  • Established & emerging directors
  • CEOs and executives
  • Risk and compliance managers
  • Security and supply chain specialists

There are still spots available on the course. Register HERE

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