A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

For so many reasons, time is obviously an odd commodity at the moment. The end of financial year (for most of Australia) passed by in what felt like an instant. But it marked a milestone for AustCyber – three and a half years of operation. Ahead of the next national Cyber Security Strategy’s release, my team and I stole a moment to reflect on everything we have achieved, with you, and what is still to be done. 

We have kicked off a big year for the #OzCyber landscape; and to show you what’s coming, we will soon publish our business plan online. In the meantime …

The beginning of the July saw the launch of Australia’s Digital Trust Report 2020 at the Australian Parliament House – a new report providing specific data (modelled by Synergy Group ) on the value of the cyber security industry to Australia’s economy in terms of jobs and revenue. This is timely and highly consumable information that, like Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan when it was first released, is shifting the way people talk about and understand the impact of our industry. 

We followed this by launching our very first episode of ‘OzCyber Unlocked’ – a new monthly podcast aimed at educating Australian business about the local cyber industry. Featuring Matthew Wilson from Penten, John Paitaridis from CyberCX and Sam Crowther from Kasada discussing all things digital trust, our inaugural episode has had over 250 downloads so far. Listen to it on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Eleven companies showcased their niche solutions at GovPitch 2020, held in partnership with Stone & Chalk, and answered questions from a judging panel comprising the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Taxation Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Digital Transformation Office, Services Australia, as well as In-Q-Tel International Australia. A huge congratulations to Airlock Digital, AttackForge, Cyber Aware, Cydarm, Detexian, Forticode, Huntsman Security, Penten, RightCrowd, Truuth and WorldStack for fantastic pitches.

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and recent announcements, including an extension to the Australian Government’s JobKeeper initiative, we continue to provide support to Australian cyber security businesses to ensure they survive and thrive over the next few months. This includes working closely with industry to provide additional, targeted assistance. If you’re a cyber security company in urgent need of support, I urge you to reach out.

Australia’s now former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor also released a report on his review of TOLA this month. INSLM engaged closely with industry, civil society and government agencies through a variety of consultations, publicly and privately. AustCyber supports the recommendations which were made, and I highly encourage you to read the report. The theme is ‘trust but verify’. 

Looking ahead, I’m excited to announce that Australian Cyber Week 2020 is being held from 26-30 October this year. Our favourite event – the National Missing Persons Hackathon – will be back, bigger than ever; and there will be plenty of opportunities for #OzCybers to get involved throughout the whole week. Stay tuned.

Finally, we’ve expanded our team! A big welcome to Judy, Tom, Walkiria, Matt, Deborah, Mimi and Michelle Fulton, who have joined the AustCyber mission. I’m looking forward to welcoming Node Managers in Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville soon too.

#StaySafe and #GameOn