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Matt Whelan is a web host, consultant, trainer and Information Security specialist who, way-back-when (before the internet) acted as the gateway between Australia and the USA for the 30,000-plus FidoNet bulletin board system.

He was the first non-US International Coordinator of FidoNet, and wrote communications software that helped messages travel around the world well before the creation of modern email systems. He has been involved in communications systems and the Internet ever since.

Matt’s unique background combines unusually broad technical prowess with extensive business management experience. As a writer Matt founded Your Computer magazine in 1981 and subsequently was Founding Editor of PC Database Analyst and Managing Editor of PC Support Advisor. As a businessman, he has been a magazine group publisher and managing editor for three media companies. As a trainer, Matt has delivered courses on software, hardware, operating systems and security in many countries around the world – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.

As a developer, Matt completed software projects for Computer Associates, Borland, Ashton-Tate and Nantucket, including a compiler for the dBase IV language that was sold internationally.

He has trained security staff for major corporates and government in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, including Defence in all three countries, the NZ Police eCrime unit, leading banks, universities, airlines, telecommunications and aerospace companies and even divisions of NASA. He ran customised in-house training for the NSW Police Fraud Squad.

Matt’s company is a significant supplier of both training and security consulting to Government, and is as an Australian Federal Government Endorsed supplier. Matt assisted David Lynas in the introduction of a new security architecture at one of the country’s biggest government agencies, Centrelink, through a “SABSA Fast-Track” workshop series, and in an ongoing project for the Australian Electoral Commission which introduced and developed Risk Assessment methodologies for the organisation’s evaluation of electronic voting. Matt developed comprehensive Risk Assessment and Management software based on the SABSA framework, with a prototype of the system in active use at the Electoral Commission.
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