A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

At this time of year, our team is happily buried in prep for Australian Cyber Week. Whether you’re a student, CEO, investor, practitioner, curious community member, teacher, graduate, innovator, mentor, board member, inventor, journalist, researcher, salesperson, entrepreneur … there will be at least one, if not an entire week’s worth of activities, that will appeal, with a couple of new events that we know will grab attention and participation.

We will have up 30 online and COVID-safe in-person events and activities being held from 25-29 October. This year, Australian Cyber Week will also again be part of International Cyber Awareness Month. The full schedule will be released next week, but in the meantime, register your interest to attend and/or sponsor here. We’ve already had some amazing sponsors and partners come on board, including Cybermerc, Snare, CyRise and OSINT Combine.

Also being released next week is our 14th episode of ‘OzCyber Unlocked’ on the topic of insider threat. I’m joined on the pod by Tracie Thompson (CEO and Co-Founder of HackHunter); Dan Holman (CEO and Co-founder of WorldStack) and Mohan Koo (CTO and Co-founder of DTEX Systems) to explore how human and technical threats are used to steal IP that is used in a variety of nefarious ways by cyber criminals. Our cyber spotlight features Adam Bennett (CEO and Founder of Red Piranha). Can you believe that our podcast, born in the pandemic, has had over 7,200 downloads, with an average of 550 downloads per episode? Additionally, our 15th episode is going to be of great interest to our listeners… stay tuned to find out more soon.

Related to one of our pods from earlier this year, by now you should have heard of CyberSeek Australia – a platform developed by Burning Glass, CompTIA, Accenture and CyberCX, and funded through AustCyber’s Projects Fund. CyberSeek Australia has had a name change to AUCyberExplorer and we're taking a short moment to refresh the platform. Once it’s up and running again, AUCyberExplorer will be able to provide detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the Australian cyber security job market.

On other industry matters, we’ll shortly release our submission to the Department of Home Affairs consultation paper on 'Strengthening Australia's cyber security regulations and incentives'. Of course, much can be done to strengthen our nation’s cyber security posture. Greater harmonisation is urgently needed, given the range of voluntary measures already in existence and importantly, including international standards, which contribute significantly to our industry’s comparative competitiveness.

We need to avoid continuance of the patchwork of statutory, voluntary, and other measures that don't interact. We also need to be mindful that imposing measures on local companies has implications for export markets, an area where we want to see further growth. These issues and more are obviously top of mind for you, as discussed with me and others in the AustCyber team over the past month (and well, frankly, years) – we have reflected the sentiment, case studies and examples in our discussions with government.

Earlier this month we bid farewell to Mina Zaki, AustCyber's National Network Lead, who left us for family reasons. My heartfelt thanks to Mina for all her fantastic contribution to our NSW Node and more recently the National Network of Nodes. Mina’s former role and several others are being recruited for – check out our jobs list and apply now or please pass onto those who you know would make a great contribution to our mission to keep growing an awesome Australian cyber security industry.

Finally, I’ve noted a number of times since early last year how much our industry silently and persistently serves our nation in myriad ways, often under high pressure. Of course, many among us have served in uniform and now apply their skills and experience in our industry to our benefit and the improved cyber security of Australians. Thank you, all of you. Right now, especially those who served across many roles and in many circumstances in Afghanistan, we are forever grateful.

#StaySafe.