Sinodinos to open Cyber Leaders

James Riley
Editorial Director

Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos will deliver the opening keynote at’s Cyber Security – The Leadership Imperative 2017 forum in Sydney on May 3.

The Cyber Leaders forum looks at the broad spectrum of cyber security management skills needed to build a strong, successful and globally-focused digital economy. You can find more details and tickets here.

Reaching a national consensus and identifying the ‘sweet spot’ of qualifications to build a quality accreditation program has proven very difficult due to the currently ad hoc and decentralised approach to cyber security workforce development.

The Cyber Security Leadership Imperative aims to start a comprehensive debate on the role that education, government and businesses play in developing cyber-strategic leaders ready to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Senator Sinodinos, who was appointed to the Industry portfolio in January, launched the Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan on April 20 on behalf of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network.

The Commonwealth had marked the cyber security sector as an area of potential competitive advantage a year ago, and has been placing bets on building the local industry ever since.

“The plan highlights the great capabilities we can leverage into the future, and immediate improvements to processes and structures that will help us to capture opportunities that come with the growing domestic and global need for cyber security solutions,” Minister Sinodinos said.

“Australia is home to some amazing talent, but our cyber security sector is small. We need to grow the sector, scale up its activities and find ways to collaborate effectively in order for our country to make its mark in this global field,” he said.

“The plan sets out how we can realise this vision, but it’s important to stress it’s not just for the Growth Network or the government to act on. Growing an Australian cyber security sector that is agile, innovative and globally competitive will involve support for the plan and collaboration by everyone in the cyber security ecosystem.”

The Cyber Security – the Leadership Imperative forum looks at the technical and management skills, and professional accreditation requirements for the security sector, to both underpin the digital economy and support local entrepreneurs.

The program brings together the most senior ranks of the federal and state governments, we well business, industry and startup leaders.

Also delivering keynote addresses at the event are Prime Minister & Cabinet assistant secretary for cyber policy, Sandra Ragg, NSW Government chief information and security officer, Maria Milosavljevic, and Australian Cyber Security Growth Network CEO Craig Davies.

The speaker list at Cyber Security – the Leadership Imperative 2017 includes:

  • Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government
  • Craig Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network
  • Maria Milosavljevic, Chief Information Security Officer, NSW Government
  • Sandra Ragg, Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Anthony Kitzelmann, Chief Information Security Officer and General Manager, Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Leonard Kleinman, Chief Cyber Security Advisor, RSA
  • Rachael Falk, Director Technology, Security and Strategy, .au Domain Administration
  • Sally Ernst, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Cyber Security Network
  • Andrew Bycroft, Chief Executive Officer, The Security Artist
  • Jacky Heath, Manager of Prevocational and Online Education, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Skeeve Stevens – Chief Futurist, FutureSumo and former hacker, the ‘Optik Surfer’
  • Patrick Gray, Host, Risky.Biz and national contributor, ABC Radio

At last week’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan launch, the Assistant Minister for Cyber Dan Tehan said government had made the sector a priority because of its importance to national security, but also because of its potential to support the economy.

“Being a leader in cyber security will also provide opportunities for business to expand and innovate and for Australians to forge careers in the growing cyber security sector,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Sector Competitiveness Plan launched today aligns with the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy and will help form a roadmap for Australia to seize the opportunities of being a leader in cyber security,” he said.

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