In November 2016 Mike became an independent consultant specialising in strategic cyber security advice & technology risk. Mike is passionate about technology and security and today provides advice to boards, executive committees, technology and security executives on how to think about and manage technology and security risk.
Mike was a member of the Prime Minister's expert panel for Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. In December 2016 Mike was appointed to Minister Pyne's Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.
Previously Mike was the Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra, joining Telstra in February 2013. Mike led Telstra's Security Operations and his vision for cyber security resulted in establishing unique Discovery and Influencing capabilities that provided insights and opportunities, helping protect Telstra's customer data and keep networks secure. Mike also co-developed the Five Knows of Cyber Security, an easy, accessible approach that can be used to effectively manage the cyber security risk from the Board down.
Previously Mike was the Deputy Director for Cyber & Information Security at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). This role was created in 2008 reflecting the growing importance of ASD's role as the Commonwealth authority on information security, and the increasing challenge of securing Government information against unauthorised network intrusions.
Mike led the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at ASD in 2009 and oversaw its development into a key cyber capability for the Australian Government. The CSOC brought together capabilities from across Government to deliver a greater understanding of the cyber threat against Australian interests, and provided response options for significant cyber events across government and systems of national importance. Mike also developed and led the influence and awareness campaign across Federal Government agencies including ASD's 35 Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions, which resulted in significant information security improvements across Federal Government.
Mike has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in the field of imaging radar. Mike joined ASD as a collection engineer in 1995. In his career at ASD, Mike held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD's business.