A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

At this time of year, our team is buried (happily!) in the midst of Australian Cyber Week prep.

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.

We have 25 online and (COVID-safe) in-person events and activities being held from 26-30 October – spanning the full breadth of the cyber security landscape for those within the sector, but also well beyond.

This year we’re excited to debut our brand-new virtual conference platform, which will live long after Cyber Week to support future activities. It’s a 3D experience that we believe is unique to our sector and the way online events are being delivered. I can’t reveal too much yet, but you will be able to navigate around a ‘circuit board city’ that has been crafted using 100% Australian technology.

Last week, we released our third episode of our monthly podcast OzCyber Unlocked. This episode, aptly titled ‘Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 – its merits, gaps and rallying against cybercrime’, explores the impact of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020, released on 6 August 2020. A BIG thank you to Hamish Hansford (Home Affairs), Kylie Walker (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering), Fergus Hanson (Australian Strategic Policy Institute), Susie Jones and Adam Selwood (Cynch Security) for the engaging discussion during the recording sessions.

In the background, we have been developing our annual update to Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan. Thanks to everyone who provided responses through our ‘state of the cybers’ Census or has been interviewed directly. This year’s update will address the economic assumptions for our sector and its competitiveness and growth prospects. We are also taking a look at export readiness and doing a comparative assessment of the geography of the domestic market and of sector measurement. Jam packed to say the least.

There has been much happening in the policy and advocacy space – my thanks to those who contributed to our submission to the Australian Government’s consultation on critical infrastructure reforms. Over the coming month, the work of the NSW Government’s taskforces on standards harmonisation and sovereign procurement will be finalised, with some strong recommendations for change forming (truly). More to come on all these fronts and more.

Finally, in exciting news, we welcome Jack Bell as Project Lead, Mina Zak as NSW Node Manager and Louise Partridge as our inaugural QLD Node Manager for Brisbane to the AustCyber team. Just in time for #AUCyberWeek2020 – #GameOn.