But in his spare time, Aaron helps run, grow and facilitate ‘SecTalks’, a not-for-profit meetup for technical security talks and hands on security challenges.
‘It’s a forum to learn and discuss technical security subjects. PwC hosts this event every month, in almost every state in Australia. It’s a way to give back to, and foster technical skills in the security community,’ Aaron explains.
But Aaron stresses the importance that PwC’s setting up SecTalks is not a branding opportunity. In fact, they’re a silent sponsor.
SecTalks is a volunteer run, grassroots, community effort. At last count, in Melbourne alone, there were nearly 400 members, aka ‘hackers’, of which only a dozen or so were PwC staff. The rest were made up of industry professionals, students and other individuals simply with a keen interest in cyber security.