A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

Firstly, a HUGE shout out and congratulations to our WA Node and the team behind the Cyber West Summit last week! Despite the ever-changing border restrictions and lockdowns across the country in the past couple of weeks, they managed to bring together 200+ leaders from industry and government through an action-packed agenda to showcase the role innovation plays in protecting against growing global cyber threats. Can’t wait for next year!

Twelve episodes and 5,500+ downloads later, 'OzCyber Unlocked', our podcast born in the pandemic, turns one this month with an episode on one of the most enduring cyber security issues of our generation – cyber threat intelligence. I speak to Glenn Maiden (Fortiguard Labs, Fortinet), Brett Williams (Flashpoint), Andrew Slater (Cybermerc) and Dave O’Loan (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) on why threat intelligence matters, collaboration and how industry is building a collective defence against cyber attacks.

A big thank you to all our guests over the past year and our loyal listeners (we hope to feature more of you through this platform over the coming year). From discussing how cyber can help find real missing people and Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020, to career pathways into cyber security and how to improve diversity and workplace culture to enact change, it’s been so valuable diving into the topics which are front of mind for our sector.

Earlier this year, we launched AUCyberscape – our new ‘one-stop’ digital ecosystem where you learn about, and connect with, Australian cyber security providers and their products and services. Are you an Australian cyber security company and not on it? Get to it! If you're anyone else and haven't checked it out yet, get to it!

It's been a big month globally on cyber practice, regulations and diplomacy more broadly - ICYMI, a Private Members Bill was introduced into the Australian Parliament by cyber security Opposition spokesperson Tim Watts MP; the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts of which Australia is a member made significant headway in advancing responsible nation state behaviour in cyberspace (see the consensus report here); and the G7 meeting in London where our Prime Minister was an observer focused heavily on cyber (get an excellent breakdown from colleagues Jim Lewis and Chris Painter through a CSIS podcast).

Sadly, we have bid farewell to some of our beloved team members – Linda Cavanagh (Chief Operating Officer), Louisa Partridge (National Network Lead and QLD Node Manager) and Sarah Box (Workforce Development Lead, NSW Node). If you have a Node-related question, please direct to our new National Network Lead, Mina Zaki, who has moved into this role from being our NSW Node Manager.

Which of course, means we’re hiring. As part of this, we are looking for a Partnerships Manager to join our Canberra team. Reach out here if you possess a keen appreciation of how emerging technology is disrupting many industries across the world and have been involved with startup-enterprise collaboration in the past.

Stay safe in all the ways.