Minimising the Exposed Cyber Threat Landscape Throughout Global Financial Institutions

Stephanie attended the OECD forum. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Information Technology Network Security at Central Queensland University, alongside her work as a cadet in Computer Forensics at the Australian Taxation Office.


Attacks on financial institutions are rampant and set to increase. As technology progresses, the ability to address and mitigate the abundance of possible threats becomes a monumental task. As a result of these attacks on institutions, public confidence has plummeted. Most financial institutions are attempting to address these security concerns however their implementations are not nearly as effective as they could or should be. Each institution has a differing strategy and security focus with policy makers unaware of the multitude of exposed vulnerabilities, both internal and external, which are present.

With financial institutions becoming a popular target for cyberattacks the threat landscape these institutions provide must be strategically assessed and minimised. Through a standardisation framework based on current technical best practises, addressing and governing security implementation may be achieved. However, the impacts of such an overreaching standardisation need to be examined.

Through a holistic approach developing an international governing body and framework that addresses practical implementations and technical practicalities, the threat landscape financial services encompass can be diminished as the security posture coincides with technological advancement.

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Combatting the adverse impact of automation and technological advancement on women in the Australian workforce through public-private partnerships between Government and Corporations

Gulandam attended the OECD forum. She is current studying a Master of International Relations at Monash University and has industry experience in technology and innovation at IBM and PwC. 


As Australia increasingly embraces technological advances in workforce automation and digitization, there is a predicted adverse impact on the jobs of women. This paper will highlight these impacts and provide recommendations on how Australia may embrace innovation, whilst mitigating risk of a widening gender divide. In doing so, it will also discuss whom these recommendations are best suited to: Government-led policy, corporate social responsibility – or shared value creation between both? [1]

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Technology transfer: enabling innovation and technology development in the Global Tropics

By Patrick Clapp

Patrick attended the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has facilitated the exchange of mitigation and adaptation technologies to varying degrees of success. The negotiating Parties of a new universal agreement under the UNFCCC intend to strengthen technology transfer under the international agreement to achieve mitigation and adaptation goals. This paper assesses the current mechanisms, some fundamental political stalemates and barriers to effective technology transfer, before discussing potential for improvement of current systems, such as the technology needs assessments (TNAs) and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), as well recommends some novel approaches to enhance technology transfer under the Paris climate agreement.

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