Stepping up or leaping forward: Australia's cyber security strategy

IUB Maurer Law Room 335

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Like all nations, Australia faces increasing threats, risks and opportunities in cyberspace. This presentation will describe Australia's recently released Cyber Security Strategy and how it is placed against like-nations and organisations. It will also discuss the strategic environment through which Australia seeks to build public-private partnerships, at home and abroad, to not only improve cyber defences but to underpin a generational shift in the economy to grab hold of the opportunities of the digital age. Cyber security research, innovation and education are critical components of this endeavor.


Michelle Price joined ANU’s National Security College in June 2016 as the Senior Adviser for Cyber Security on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. With the Head of College and Research Leader, Cyberspace Program, she is responsible for delivering the NSC’s cyber program, focussing on liaison with national and international cyber security partners and the engagement of ANU with initiatives under Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Across the public and private sectors, Michelle has 20 years’ experience in strategy development, risk management and strategic communication. Her recent achievements include delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and recently released Cyber Security Strategy, including Australia’s rst public-private cyber security horizon scan and strategic risk assessment. Michelle was also responsible for delivery of the government’s National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the rst of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget.

Michelle holds a degree in Economics from Macquarie University and a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is an alumna of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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