Cyber Films Project Impact Results2021-05-27T20:08:30+10:00

POC Impact and Research Team


The demonstration of the Proof of Concept (POC) Project Cyber Films (Films A & B – A Story of Cyber Security Theft) resulted in the engagement and uptake in new film script writing and film production of Film C: “Breach Investigation” with the Holmes Institute’s Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre (CSRIC).

The Holmes Institute is a multi-sectoral provider of education with faculties of Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education and Secondary Education and specialises in business administration and information systems degrees at a masters and bachelor level. Holmes was established in 1963 and has been delivering higher education since 2004. It operates out of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns and currently has approximately 10,000 students in Australia.

In 2017, the institute launched the Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre (CSRIC) to foster research in cybersecurity with a particular focus on the security and privacy of the Internet of Things. Multiple research projects are being carried out concurrently by the research centre, ranging from security awareness campaigns, to device certification and encryption protocols.

The Holmes Institute has launched a Master of Information Systems program with a major in cybersecurity. The “Breach Investigation” video will be used as a lead case study in the delivery of teaching the cybersecurity component of the program.

The Holmes Institute believes that case-based learning (CBL) approaches are critical to the education of tomorrow’s practitioners. CBL instigates critical discussion, draws out relevant experiences from students, encourages questioning of accepted practices, and creates dialogue between theory and practice.

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Film Nominations

The POC Cyber Films were a success not just in their uptake in the education sector and adding value in the cybersecurity space but in the short film industry. Our films went on to be nominated in the following film festivals:

Film A

Film B

  • Best Shorts Competition
  • IndieFEST Festival

Film C

Film Awards

The film nominations and recognition resulted in all three cyber films receiving the following film awards:

Film A

  • Winner of the Crown Wood International Film Festival (Crown Wood)
  • Best Educational Media Industry Award (Raw Science)
  • Winner Award of Merit Accolade Global Film Competition (Accolade Global)
  • Winner Award of Excellence Women Filmmakers|Educational|Instructional|Training (Best Shorts)
  • Winner of the IndieFEST Award

Film B

  • Winner Award of Excellence for the Educational / Instructional / Training category
  • Winner Award of Merit in the Best Shorts

Film C

  • Winner Award of Best Educational Film (Crown Wood)
  • Winner Award for Best Cinemagrophy (Crown Wood)

Cybersecurity and IP Theft Short Films

Should you wish to view the full versions of the films, please do not hesitate the team at the above email address.

Film A – A story of Cyber Security Theft Trailer
Film C – Breach Investigation Trailer

Research Team Contact Details

Atif Ahmad2020-09-23T10:59:55+10:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft and Film 3

  • Atif Ahmad

  • University of Melbourne

  • Atif is an Associate Professor and serves as a Deputy Director for the Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence at University of Melbourne. He is also the Course Director for the Master of Information Systems course.

    Atif leads a unique team of Cybersecurity Management researchers drawn from information systems, business administration, security intelligence, and information warfare. He has authored over 90 scholarly articles in cybersecurity management and received over AUD$3.9M in grant funding. Atif is an Associate Editor for the leading IT security journal, Computers & Security and has previously served as a cybersecurity consultant for WorleyParsons, Pinkerton and SinclairKnightMerz. He is also a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security.

  • Read more on Atif at Atif’s LinkedIn profile and for an academic perspective on Atif’s personal academic site.

Sean Maynard2020-09-24T19:53:39+10:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft and Film 3

  • Sean Maynard

  • University of Melbourne

  • Sean Maynard is a Course Director for the Master of Information Systems, possesses a doctorate and is an academic based at the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne.

    Sean has over 25 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate, postgraduate and executive training levels. His teaching specialities include: Information Systems, Information Systems strategy and governance, database, and data warehousing and he received his Ph.D. in Information Security from the University of Melbourne in 2010.

    His research interests are in the management of information security specifically relating to security policy, security culture, security governance, security strategy, security analytics, and incident response.

    He has also published in the area of decision support systems, and business analytics, particularly in capability maturity. He holds over sixty publications with his research being published in high-impact journals such as Computers & Security, the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the International Journal of Information Management. Sean has lead conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems.

  • Read more at Sean’s LinkedIn profile or on his personal academic page.

Rachael James2021-02-17T13:50:00+11:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft and Film 3

  • Rachael James

  • Victoria University

  • Rachael is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

    She has worked in film and media for over ten years. With a BA(Hons) from Victoria University and a diploma from the London Film Academy, she cut her teeth in the London film industry first as a cinematographer, and then moved into directing and producing. In London Rachael setup and co-ran her own production business Buckwheat Films UK. 

    She has filmed across the globe in Italy, London, Ireland, China, Austria, New Zealand and Australia, on everything from features to commercials, music videos, and ground-breaking documentaries. She is an award winning director, feature screenwriter and writing consultant. Rachael runs a Melbourne-based production company, and recently agreed to direct a feature for Lorne Films.

  • Read more in Rachael’s LinkedIn profile.

Rens Scheepers2020-10-14T15:05:30+11:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft

  • Professor Rens Scheepers

  • Deakin University

  • Rens Scheepers is a Professor, Chair of Information Systems and current Head of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics in Deakin Business School. Rens is also associated with the IBM Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics at Deakin University. He has conducted research on topics such as the adoption of information technology, information systems implementation in organisations, and the role of information technology in competitive advantage generation.

    Rens’ publications have appeared in several highly-ranked journals in the Information Systems discipline, including the European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal and Journal of the Association of Information Systems. He maintains several international research collaborations with colleagues in Canada, Denmark, and the USA. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Information Technology and Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

  • Read more on Rens’s at his professional profile.

James Kotsias2020-09-24T19:55:46+10:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft and Film 3

  • James Kotsias

  • University of Melbourne

  • He holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems from The University of Melbourne and leads an Offensive Security & Vulnerability Operations function. James also advises organisations on matters of major cyber security strategy and emerging cyber threats.

    James sits on the Cyber Executive Advisory Board at Deakin University where he provides input to the Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre (CSRI) and its extended intelligent systems research. His current research interests are the expanding theatre of cyber warfare, the evolution of corporate espionage, the weaponisation of defensive systems and kinetic incident response structures and is the Critical Vulnerability and Remediation Lead.

    James bluescreened his first PC at the age of 7.

  • Read more at James’s LinkedIn profile.

Piya Shedden2020-09-22T19:08:32+10:00
  • Cyber Film (Part A & B) – A story of Cyber Security Theft and Film 3

  • Piya Shedden

  • Piya is a Director in Cyber Risk Services, Risk Advisory for Deloitte Australia’s Cyber Risk Services team. With a focus on data privacy, cyber risk management and cyber strategy, Piya has delivered and led assessment and transformation projects across organisations in the financial services, public sector and technology industries.

    Piya has completed his PhD in cyber risk management at the University of Melbourne and continues to lecture for the Masters of Information Systems on cyber security and technology consulting.

  • Read more at Piya’s LinkedIn profile.

Industry Partner Contact Details

Stephen Nagle2020-09-22T18:30:10+10:00
  • Cyber Film 3 Holmes Institute

  • Stephen Nagle

  • Stephen Nagle has been involved in the Australian International Education sector since 1988 as an executive director of the Holmes Education Group. Previous to that time he worked as an interpreter/translator in Hamburg, Germany.

    As the Director of Higher Education, he has been instrumental in setting up Holmes Institute as a leading private higher education provider where he has lead various teams in accrediting an MBA, a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Information Systems, a Bachelor of Information Systems, a Bachelor of Fashion Business and a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Professional Accounting.

    All established degrees have been through at least two accreditation cycles since 2004 and has knowledge of the TEQSA registration and accreditation systems is extensively backed up by hands on experience.

    Over this period, Stephen has also established campuses for Holmes Higher Education faculty in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hong Kong. Faculty at Holmes is 60% PhD qualified and maintain a culture of scholarship across the institution under Stephen’s supervision.

    Stephen established a Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre at Holmes Institute in 2018.

  • Read more at Stephen’s LinkedIn profile.

Mohamed Elyas2021-02-16T18:25:00+11:00
  • Dr Mohamed Elyas

  • Holmes Institute

  • Mohamed Elyas is a full-time research fellow at Holmes Institute. He has been tasked to build-up a new cyber security research centre for Holmes. The centre reflects Holmes commitment towards research and development and aims to contribute to theory and practice in cyber security. It also aims to cultivate a scholarly culture among the students and gear the institution towards research and development alongside its long-standing educational role. Further, Mohamed is leading a major research project in the security of the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Prior to joining Holmes, Mohamed worked for a couple of years in a specialised cyber security firm, where he was responsible for the security and administration of the company’s IT infrastructure, and providing multi-factor authentication and secure SSL support to corporate clients. Prior, he worked for about four years as a residential college tutor for IT at Melbourne University. Mohamed completed a bachelor with honours degree in mathematics and computer science, masters in cyber security, and PhD in cyber security and forensics.

  • Read more at Mohamed’s LinkedIn profile.

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