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DWM Solutions: Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture – Event Review

By Business

This evening DWM Solutions held an event titled Optimising Your Business Through Technology and Culture. Held at The Larwill Studio the event was aimed at arming attendees with the right knowledge when it comes to IT Systems and Security, alongside how to adapt Business Culture to help foster a productive environment.


The attendees were from a variety of industries, from education through to hospitality. The majority of the attendees were either from DWM or had a connection with DWM.


DWM Solutions provided a hands on look at how efficient systems and a positive work environment can foster productivity and business success. DWM also sought to educate the attendees about Cyber Security and prevention of catastrophic data loss. Sophos, an international Cyber Security firm, specialising in Threat Detection and Prevention presented on cyber-crime. The presenter from Sophos was very informative, providing a variety of facts and anecdotes on how a data breach can occur and how common they are.


A presentation was also delivered by Datto, who specialise in the prevention of catastrophic data loss. Datto operate on an isolated data back-up system. Their systems run independently of a businesses systems, so that if an attack or disaster occurs a back-up can be available almost instantaneously. To demonstrate their product the Datto presenters backed up the laptop that was running the presentation for the evening. Don’t worry it was a used laptop! Then they proceeded to have an audience member demolish the laptop with a hammer. Once destroyed Datto demonstrated the steps it takes to recover and run, via a virtual desktop, the backup.


All in all the presentation had a certain Shock-and-Awe factor to it, alarming the audience with how prevalent Cyber-attacks like Ransom-ware are. Combined with the physical demonstration from Datto, the presentation was fascinating.


The catering by The Larwill Studio was also top notch, offering a variety of finger food and beverages to satisfy any taste. The space was interesting in its own right, with a selection of artwork by a number of different artists.


Overall the event was good, an insightful presentation on various methods of securing your information and mitigating the effects of data loss. I would attend more events held by DWM.


Things to Note

  • Location: The Larwill Studio, 48 Flemington Road, Parkville
  • Highlight: Smashing a laptop as part of the presentation
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: Don’t overreact to Cyber Threats


  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 4/5
  • Speakers: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 15/20

Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce Presents; Cyber Security: Are you Cyber Ready? – Event Reivew

By Business

This evening the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) held a discussion around Cyber Security and preparing for a cyber threat. After all with cyber threats it is a matter of when, rather than if, you and your business will be affected.


The panel consisted of two Cyber Security experts, Telstra’s Chief Security and Compliance Officer and a Crisis Communications expert. Given the variety of these individuals it was interesting to hear their differing views cyber threats. The common theme of the discussion was preparedness when it comes to cyber threats. Rather than protecting everything, restricting your businesses capabilities, businesses should prepare for how they are going to deal with the fallout from a cyber attack.


One of the biggest concepts that came from the discussion was that a rapid response to cyber issues is vital. The response does not have to provide answers to the issue, but rather “an issue has occurred and this is how the business is going to deal with the matter”.


The attendees of the event were an event split, between students in Information Systems degrees and professionals either in Cyber Security or related fields. I spoke with a member of a Canadian owned security hardware company, a recruitment agent specialising in Information Systems and some colleagues of both the CACC and the panellists.


Overall the topic was insightful, the panellists were engaging and often discussed among themselves without much prompting from the moderator and there were a number of individuals within the audience that had their own insights into the content. The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce put on a relevant and fascinating discussion and I would definitely attend more events in the future put on by the Chamber.



Things to Note

  • Location: Telstra Customer Insights Centre, Level 1, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
  • Highlight: Engaging panel discussion around a vital topic for businesses in the current environment
  • Cost: $22
  • Hot Tip: Be sure to ask plenty of questions when you can


  • Venue:  3/5
  • Catering: N/A
  • Speakers: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 12/15