Our people are our most important asset

And how often is that said, just prior to down-sizing an organisation, reducing working conditions or being taken-over by another organisation?

At The Swoose Partnership, that statement is literally true. Since its inception in 1996, Swoose has provided intellectual skills and experience to a very large number of organisations - we are a consulting firm in the truest sense. We do not sell hardware or software, we sell expertise and independent thought. When you select Swoose to undertake an assignment, you will get one or all of the Principals working on the assignment - we do not use juniors or trainees or graduates. Each of our Principals has more than 25 years experience in their fields of expertise and we provide that expertise to you.

Milton Baar
Milton has undertaken Information Security and Management, BCP and DRP assignments continually since 1988. He has used ISO27001 and ISO27005 as the basis of most assignments since 1997. He has extensive experience implementing Enterprise Information Security Frameworks, managing projects and sub-projects and leading teams. Additionally, he has undertaken projects relating to Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance and Payment Card Industry security implementations.

He has worked within the Australian public and private utilities sector since 1988, specialising in Information Security Governance. Within these projects he has implemented management frameworks, developed and implemented policies and procedures and has undertaken technical compliance audits for Allianz Australia, several NSW Government departments, Prospect Electricity, ACT Electricity and Water, TransGrid, State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and Sydney Water. Additionally, whilst working with Price Waterhouse Urwick, Milton was the lead consultant for the project advising on the creation of the National Electricity Market.

Since 1988, Milton has been an active and voting member of the Standards Australia Committee IT12/4 – this committee helps develop ISO27001, ISO27002 and ISO27005 and is a foundation member of the Macquarie University Cybercrime Research Laboratory.

As well as extensive business expertise, Milton is a lecturer at Macquarie University, teaching postgraduate students skills in Information Security Management and Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism, and has had white papers published in regional and international journals.

  • Memberships and Associations
  • Past Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Past Associate Fellow, Australian Institute of Management
  • Past Chairman, Standards Australia Programming Languages Committee IT9/22
  • Member (since 1988), Standards Australia Security Committee IT12/4 which co-develops ISO27001, ISO27002 and ISO27005
  • Foundation Member, Macquarie University Cybercrime Research Laboratory

Ron Reinhard
Ron is a consultant who specialises in the effectiveness of business management in areas such as Information Governance, Information Management, Information Security, Commercialisation of Information and Managing Information during Organisations Change.

Ron has extensive experience in managing technical and commercial computing on a variety of mainframe and mid-range systems. In these roles he has been responsible for setting and achieving broad management objectives and has managed an organisation of 125 staff with an annual operating budget in excess of $25 million p.a. and capital budget in the range of $5 million to $10 million p.a.

Ron started to work as a consultant when he left the Public Service in 1999.
  • Professional Memberships and Associations
  • Bachelor of Engineering, UNSW;
  • Master of Engineering Science, UNSW;
  • Master of Business Administration, Deakin university; and
  • Member, Institution of Engineers, Australia

Penny Iverach
Following holding the Principal Consulting role for Information Security and Governance for Cybertrust Asia Pacific (formerly known as Betrusted), Penny is currently working as an independent consultant. Penny has extensive experience across a wide variety of areas within the IT industry over a period of 12 years providing advice to local and federal government and law enforcement agencies, multinational and state owned corporations; and financial institutions. She has attained a high level of experience and skills in the development and documentation of business processes and is an expert at assisting organisations in becoming compliant with national, international and industry standards. She is familiar with many standards and guidelines for Information Security such as AS/NZS ISO/IEC 17799, AS/NZS4360, ITIL, ITSEC, CoBiT, Common Criteria, the Commonwealth’s Protective Security Manual and the Department of Defence’s ACSI33.

Penny’s skills and experience have been attained through working with both private and government organisations and have been utilised in areas such as Physical, Personnel, Environmental and Logical security, asset identification and mitigation of appropriate management strategies, development of business and strategic plans, bid/proposal development, project management, the completion of IT and business applicable Threat and Risk Assessments, Auditing businesses against the requirements of numerous national and international standards, the remediation work based on the findings of these audits, and the development and implementation of organisation specific policy and procedural documentation.

Penny has extensive experience in providing IT security and business consultancy services to various Australian state and federal government departments and has well developed cross-cultural skills having worked throughout Asia-Pacific and Europe. Penny is currently listed as a Security Consultant on the Government Panel Contract GITC ITS2319 – Security Services and Products.

Industry Experience
  • Defence
  • State and Federal law enforcement and government agencies
  • Private industry
  • Financial institutions
  • State owned corporations, and
  • National Critical Infrastructure