A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

It’s been a whirlwind month for the team at AustCyber.

Our merger with Stone & Chalk is progressing well, and as our teams, products and services continue to integrate, I will be reaching out soon to provide specifics on program and service benefits for our ozcyber companies. We are already driving greater value and impact for many of our corporate and government partners, from which the response to the merger has been overwhelming. If you have any questions or feedback about the future of AustCyber, make sure you reach out to me personally, or visit our website.

At the beginning of March, we launched the first phase of AUCyberscape – our long-time coming digital ecosystem where you learn about, and connect with, Australian cyber security providers and their products and services. It’s free to users and providers and allows Australian cyber security companies to showcase their products, services, business solutions and sector experience.

More than this, it connects ozcyber companies with customers and provides information to support their company development and growth. Additionally, it’s also the place to go to learn about cyber security career pathways and education opportunities.

I’m particularly proud that AUCyberscape has been developed in partnership with Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and the governments of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. Further, the technology backing the digital ecosystem is 100% sovereign, hosted in 100% sovereign secure cloud. What better way to support our industry, while also showcasing what it has to offer.

To align with the launch, we also released our ninth episode of ‘OzCyber Unlocked’. This month, I spoke to Scott Gunther, Professor Lesley Seebeck, Prerana Mehta and Eddie Sheehy about the value of a digital ecosystem; as well as Tony Smales from Forticode, who supported the platform through the provision of ‘Cipherise’.

In mid-March, we deepened AustCyber’s National Network of Nodes with the launch of two new Nodes in Brisbane and Townsville (with Sunshine Coast soon to follow!). It was fantastic to meet and reconnect with Queensland companies and government stakeholders. The Nodes will play an important role in accelerating the growth of the local cyber security industry. If you’re in Queensland, I highly recommend connecting with Node Managers Louisa Partridge in Brisbane and Miranda Mears in Townsville, together with Mark Hamilton on the Sunshine Coast.

Over the next few months, we have a range of exciting initiatives coming up – including AustCyber’s annual Australia House Program, which is going digital this year and will coincide with RSA Conference 2021 (USA) in May. The program will have a strong focus on investment, include CMMC training and plenty of opportunities for networking.

I have to make a plug for the couple of AustCyber teamsters we have hugged farewell to – a big thank you to the contributions of Prerana Mehta, Judy Anderson and Deborah Salter. They will remain in our circles no doubt. We welcome Jed Horner as our new Government Relations and Advocacy Lead and, we’re hiring ... across Stone & Chalk/AustCyber. In particular, we’re looking for a Partnerships Manager (Cyber and Government) to join our Canberra team. Reach out here if you want to learn more – it’s an amazing time to help us shape the future together. 

Four and a bit years on and we’re just getting started. As our ecosystem, partners and friends know, we live, breathe and celebrate Australian capability and I couldn’t be more excited about what our combined future looks like. You, me, our teams and sharp entrepreneurial innovation – #GameOn!

My best wishes to you and your families for a safe Easter, wherever you may be.