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


Australian Cyber Week 2021 is just around the corner! We’ve locked in a HUGE line-up of inspiring speakers – and I’m super excited to share who is taking a microphone this year.

Returning from last year, we will be joined by Chris Painter (Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation), Innes Willox (Ai Group), Tamara Baker (student ambassador), Matthew Wilson (Penten), Jacqui Kernot (EY), Mohan Koo (DTEX Systems) and Chris Poulter (OSINT Combine). New speakers include Kate Pounder (Technology Council of Australia), Lesley Seebeck (Honorary Professor at ANU), Matthew Nevin (Cybermerc), John Ellis (BUPA Australia), Liam Connolly (SEEK), Scott Handsaker (CyRise) and many more.

We have 20+ online and in-person events and activities being held from 25-29 October – spanning the breadth of the cyber security landscape for those within the sector, but also well beyond. Tickets are selling fast – register now.

Earlier this week, we released our fifteenth episode of ‘OzCyber Unlocked’. In this special episode with Dr Marcus Thompson, we traverse a series of topics including insider threats, the Australian Government’s Essential Eight mitigations for managing cyber risk, cyber threat intelligence, diversity in Australia’s cyber workforce and careers and pathways in the cyber industry. We discuss how they relate to the various cyber-physical challenges currently faced by the economy, the impending critical infrastructure legislative changes and the heightened awareness around cyber-attack methods including ransomware.

The pod also features Ben Whitham from Penten. Spotlighting Penten now is timely in the context of their recent capital raise, the Prime Minister’s recent AUKUS announcement with Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden on military and other capability advancement, and of course Marcus’s involvement with their growth journey.

The AUKUS announcement, which preceded the UN General Assembly in New York this past week, signals closer co-operation in relation to our defence industrial base, as well as critical technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum. Cyber security is also sharply in focus. Industry in Australia will naturally ask questions about the extent to which greater co-operation and collaboration in this area will return economic benefit to Australia, as well as strengthening our security posture. We will work constructively with industry to address these questions in the coming months, and years ahead.

Staying international, as part of my work with the World Economic Forum, two fantastic new publications have been released by the Global Futures Council on Cybersecurity – the culmination of eight months of collaborative work across members and others: ‘Internal Cybersecurity Certification Frameworks’ and ‘Quantum Personas – Quantum Cybersecurity Risk Management’. They are both a great read and highly consumable for those outside the cyber security industry.

As we hit the send button on this newsletter, most would be aware the Australian Government’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security is now taking a two-phased approach to the critical infrastructure legislative amendments. If you haven’t had the chance to catch up on this (it is end of quarter and annual audit season after all …), I recommend you do. The Committee’s media release is a good place to start.

Finally, I’m excited to welcome four new starters to our family. Amelia Horan joins us as a Project Manager, Annabelle Parrelli as a Project Coordinator, Neha Meha as our National Events Manager and Blair Ewart as our new Cyber Communication, Events and Engagement Manager – just in time for Cyber Week!