Senior Adviser Cyber Policy

July 31, 2017
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1. What do you like about your job?

I like the opportunity to meet and learn from cyber security educators, innovators, practicioners and business leaders. I love the pace, the challenge, the complexity and opportunity it presents. Most importantly though, I love that I can be an important part of doing something so vitally important towards building a safe, secure and thriving digital environment for Australia.

2. How did you get into this role?

I had been working in ICT policy, architecture and business relationship management when I saw an ad for Cyber Policy Advisers - so I applied.

3. An example of what you do each day.

I don't really have a typical day, but here is a list of things I might do in a week:
Develop communications plans
Write meeting briefs for my Minister - in preparation for meetings with industry or academia.
Liaise across all relevant government departments and prepare advice and talking points for the Prime Minister when cyber events occur.
Speak to industry, academia and other government stakeholders to provide advice about cyber security matters.
Plan and deliver a variety of events, roundtables, workshops and committees for the Department, the Minister and the Prime Minister.
Present at conferences.
Research the latest in cyber technologies and innovations.
Develop ideas that may become part of the Government's next Cyber Security Strategy.

4. What would you say to others who are considering following the same career path? (Your Words of Wisdom)

I'm not sure you could follow my exact career path - I could never have planned to get where I am from where I started. So my words of wisdom are: always remain open to opportunities, take on things that let you express your passion and commit to giving your best. If you have the right attitude, the aptitude will follow and you can always learn the skills you need.

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