The Henderson Alliance is an industry group made up of volunteers committed to small businesses and endeavouring to support them to be successful not only in Defence-related industries but across all sectors. In doing so, we see the potential for many new Defence and other projects to be assigned to WA as we possess the professionalism, capacity and capabilities to perform at the world’s best standards. In turn, we see a stronger and more resilient economy for our State, bolstering future opportunities for our children.

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Demystifying the DISP - Online Webinar facilitated by Brian McAvoy De Stefano &Co

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Keen for a slice of the $270 billion that Defence will spend over the course of this decade?

Heard about the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) but not sure if your business needs it, or how to get started?

It's fast becoming a requirement for suppliers of the defence sector to hold an appropriate level of DISP membership, depending on the goods or services you supply. Yet many businesses are confused about the need for DISP, what is required (and what is not) and the process for attaining and maintaining membership without unduly burdening themselves.

So why the confusion?

DISP has grown and changed over time. While the program appears simple in concept, there is more than meets the eye once the journey to DISP membership begins. In the end, many DISP applicants end up in a tailspin of questions and delays.

Join us as De Stefano & Co's Head of Protective Security Services, Brian McAvoy, demystifies the pathway to DISP membership and shares the common places where companies get side-tracked along the way.

Facilitated by Brian McAvoy from De Stefano & Co













Brain is Head of Protective Security Services, De Stefano & Co

Brian is a project management, engineering, and supply chain management professional with broad experience in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics companies, including global leaders such as GE, Mercury Marine, Bemis, and Dunlop Slazenger.

As De Stefano & Co's Head of Protective Security Services, Brian lives and breathes all things related to the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP). Brian and his team support their clients by managing the entire DISP process, beginning with the initial gap analysis, all the way through to the submission of governance documents, and finally, membership attainment and ongoing compliance assurance.

Regularly contributing to the protective security sector through presenting educational webinars and participating in technical events, Brian works closely with the sector’s key players, including Defence Security & Vetting Service (DS&VS), Defence Industry Security Office (DISO), Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Joint Cyber Security Centres (JCSC).

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Brian holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, and a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CIPM) certification from the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS). He is also certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Always keen to learn and grow professionally, Brian has recently graduated from the Defence Teaming Centre's Defence Industry Leadership Program and is actively enrolled in the Diploma of Digital Technologies program at Flinders University.

Outside of work, Brian is a volunteer mentor at the University of Adelaide's ThincLab where he works with start-ups and scaling businesses.

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