New User Group: Microsoft Security Interchange

Hi Folks,

One of our security guys in Melbourne; Jamie Sharp is starting a new user group focused on Security.  They are having their inaugral meeting next Monday night after the Melbourne leg of the Security and Management Seminars.  Should be a good night as we have some good people going.  Jamie is a true security guy and has the haircut to prove it!  Check out the details below.

Melbourne Security Interchange


security interchangeYou are invited to attend the inaugural Melbourne Security Interchange. The Security Interchange is a community driven event that promotes peer networking, panel discussions and interaction with security experts. The aim of the Security Interchange is to run a monthly event delivering technical sessions focused on the latest Information Security topics. Put your hand up and get answers to your questions, mix with your peers and tap into key security insights. The event will be held at the Microsoft Southbank office on the 16th April from 5:30-7:30pm.


This month’s topic Taking the Religion out of Information Security Vulnerabilities’ presented by Jeff Jones, Security Strategy Director, Microsoft Corporation.


The session will start with comparisons for various operating systems covering vulnerabilities and days of risk. Using these comparisons as a reference point, we’ll have a group discussion concerning the underlying mechanics of open source, closed source, commercial Linux, full disclosure, responsible disclosure etc and how it all works together to produce the results we can observe.


About Jeff Jones

As a Security Strategy Director, Jeff works with CSOs and Microsoft's internal security teams to drive practical and measurable security improvements to Microsoft process and products. Previously, Jeff was the vice president of product management for security products at Network Associates. His responsibilities included PGP, Gauntlet, CyberCop and portions of the McAfee product line. These latest positions cap a 20-year hands-on career in security performing risk assessments, building customised firewalls and being involved in DARPA security research projects. Jeff is a frequent global speaker and writer on security topics ranging from the very technical to more high-level CxO-focused topics such as Security TCO and metrics.



Monday 16th April 5:30-7:30pm


Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place

Southbank VIC 3006

Drinks and pizza will be provided so please RSVP jamiesh at if you wish to attend.


See you there!



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  5. Jeff Alexander says:

    We haven’t decided yet because we have a Sydney Windows Infrastructure User Group which does touch on security topics.  Would there be a need for a group focused on Security?

  6. Christian Heinrich says:

    Are Microsoft planning a Security Interchange User Group for Sydney?  

  7. Anonymous says:

    Been following a few "Aussie" blogs recently and seeing lots of Usergroup activity. Which personally

  8. Anonymous says:


    Is the “Sydney Windows Infrastructure User Group” referring to at []?

    Yes – I believe another User Group dedicated to security would be beneficial

    The existing “Sydney Windows Infrastructure User Group” doesn’t specifically reference “Security” at a glance i.e. consider renaming it to "Sydney Windows Infrastructure and *Security* User Group".

    Another factor to consider would be does this existing User Group cover issues outside of Infrastructure such as “Application Code Signing” and other issues with Application Development?

    Also, most security professionals are in a separate group/team/department politically.  Maybe Microsoft could consider creating this separate “Security User Group” and inviting members from the existing “Sydney Windows Infrastructure User Group”?


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