CEO quarterly update by Michelle Price

Michelle Price August 2019

Welcome to another edition of AustCyber’s CEO update.

The second quarter of the year has been extremely busy and I encourage you to read this blog that covers some of the key initiatives we’ve delivered both nationally and internationally during the last few months. As we enter the third quarter of the year, I wanted to let you know about the important activities we have coming up.

Preparations are underway for the third annual Australian Cyber Week. This is a national event held from 7 – 11 October 2019.

This year we’re supporting Australian Information Security Association (AISA) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Melbourne at CyberCon. If you haven’t registered for CyberCon yet, I encourage you to get involved and tickets are available here. Several members from the AustCyber team will be presenting at various sessions and make sure you visit booth #100 to take a photo with Cyber Roo!

We’ve also deepened our partnership with RSA to bring, for the first time ever, an RSAC Unplugged event to the southern hemisphere. RSAC Unplugged 2019 Sydney is taking place on 10 October as part of Cyber Week at the JCSC. Register your interest on RSA’s website.

Cyber Week is jam-packed with events including the National Missing Persons Hackathon 2019 held on Friday 11 October. An Australian first, this capture the flag event provides participants with the opportunity to gather open source intelligence on 12 missing person cases during a 6-hour time frame at 11 locations across Australia. Tickets for this event will be available on Eventbrite later this week.

I encourage you to sign up to our Friend of the Network newsletter as more details about Cyber Week events are released shortly – including another AustCyber AllStars event on Monday 7 October!

Another area of focus over the coming months is publishing AustCyber’s Business Plan. The Business Plan outlines our key initiatives to ensure sustained growth for the Australian cyber security sector over the next financial year.

AustCyber’s Cyber Security Innovation Nodes continue to go from strength to strength and we're doubling down on the Node Network this year with a strategy in place to grow a series of superclusters which will put Australia on the international stage when it comes to cyber innovation.

Finally, I encourage you to get involved in the review of the TOLA Act. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security in the Australian Parliament is currently reviewing the amendments made to the AABill as it passed into legislation – now referred to as the TOLA Act). Consultation is still underway and I encourage you to get involved – either directly, or indirectly, through your preferred industry association or AustCyber.

The TOLA Act has also been referred to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Dr James Renwick CSC SC, for review later this year with likely opportunities for consultation. I cannot stress enough how important it is for us to have a collective voice on these issues to shape our future as we continue to grow and sustain the growth in the Australian cyber security sector.

Jump in, get involved and let's see what we can make happen together.