Security Track Speaker Bits – Lee Hickin

As part of the Security Track, I like to get you some personal insight on the speakers we'll be having.  Lee, being the prompt and studios guy he is has answered some questions for us. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

LH > Depends, when I was 5 I wanted to be a fire engine….I got my first computer around 1979 (a Commodore PET) and then a VIC-20 in 1981 - after that…..I wanted to write Computer Games, don’t know why and I never did……just seemed like a pretty cool way to make a living.

What got you started in the IT Security Arena?

LH > Luck, not Judgement. Took a job with IBM back in 1993 running Mainframe systems (DOS/VSE on VM systems if you’re interested) and just found myself lucky enough to be the ‘Security’ guy. Once you get into it…….it’s hard to get out ! J

What do you like most about your job?

LH > The Challenges…’s never easy and there is a constantly changing playing field. I also find the whole ‘cat n mouse’ aspect of IT security fascinating.

If you had a magic wand that fixed things with a single flick, what are the top three things you’d fix about IT Security?

LH > Easy to say, hard to do……………….I would make the internet both the safest place to do business and completely uncensored 🙂

Is this your first time presenting at Tech Ed Australia / New Zealand?  If not, how many times have you presented down here?

LH > I’m afraid not ! this will be my 3rd year presenting at TechEd 🙂

What are you looking forward to presenting on most at Tech Ed this year?

LH > Finally getting to talk about something new in the ISA product line up (Threat Management Gateway) 🙂

If your audience only takes one thing away from your session(s), what would you like that to be?

LH > Take a second look, don’t discount Microsoft as a security vendor based on old thinking – come with an open mind and we will be honest with you…..

What are you looking forward to most about Tech Ed Australia / New Zealand?

LH > A trip to the Gold Coast…………..oh wait……….it’s in Sydney, damn……….. 🙂


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