A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price – November 2021

Michelle Price

What a massive Cyber Week it was this year - and International Cyber Awareness Month more broadly. I want to again thank all our speakers, sponsors, partners and of course, all those who attended Australian Cyber Week 2021. 

If you missed out on any of the content, which was much talked about – fear not. We’ve now opened our 3D Circuit Board City platform to everyone. On-demand is included for existing ticket holders and now open for new viewers. A small fee grants you access to 16 recorded events, 45 perks and deals, our knowledge library, plus much more. Check it out here.

One of the highlights of the week was Dragon’s Den, where ten standout scaling ozcyber companies had the chance to pitch their ideas to our expert panel - including our resident student ambassador, Tamara Baker (who, frankly, stole the show). Our audience has the final say though, with each attendee receiving 100,000 ‘Cyber Roo’ dollars to invest. Competition was fierce, but Untapped Group, with their Genius Armoury platform supporting a more neurodiverse workforce, took first place. 

Our community day saw over 1,000 people attend open source intelligence (OSINT) training, with almost 100 questions answered and over 1,600 lines of chat for viewers. A big thanks again to OSINT Combine for their support, again providing the training for free.

We also released podcast episode 16 of OzCyber Unlocked. This special edition is a live recording of the event: Under siege: Are we ready for a cyber attack on Australia’s hospital system?. Matthew Nevin (Cybermerc), Chris Painter (Global Forum on Cyber security Expertise), John Ellis (Bupa) and Jessica Hunter (Australian Cyber Security Centre) joined me to discuss the facets of a hypothetical ransomware attack on a large Australia hospital. The audience also cast their votes on whether they would pay the ransom. The results may surprise you! Listen here.

Returning to November proper, applications have just closed for a new scholarship program AustCyber is running in conjunction with the Australian Women in Security Network that will see emerging women leaders participate in AmCham’s 2022 annual leadership academy. We’ll let you know who has been successful soon.

Many of us are busy digesting a couple of key things in the legislative arena – of course, the federal critical infrastructure amendments, together with the Online Privacy Bill and finalisation of the review of the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to include cyber security. Make sure you stay across these important structural adjustments to our sector’s operating landscape. 

There’s also Round 2 of the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund - thanks to those who have already reached out to us. If you haven’t yet and need to, make sure you contact us.

Internationally, there's been a keen focus on learning lessons from the last two years in supply chain risk, attack methodologies and technology convergence. I know many are also thinking about whether it's safe and/or financially possible to head to San Francisco in February. If you’re a startup that has traditionally joined or wanted to join our delegation, reach out – we’re working on some things that may make things a bit easier for Australia to make sure that we, like our friendly competitors in Europe and Asia, have a presence.

Who’s up for a long nap? You and me! The end of year crunch is well and truly on. If you have a spare couple of minutes, and you’re in Australia, most of our Nodes are holding in-person (yay!) festive season get-togethers. Keep an eye out for details.

We’re also madly working on our usual end of year project, the update to Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. We will be doing things a little differently this year, releasing a snapshot ahead of a full update early next year. There’s a mum/dad joke in there …

Until next time, stay safe and #Tinselon (or eye masks).