Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:53

30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon to speak at Internet Gala Event, plus how to win a free ticket


Former National Cyber Security Advisor, Head of Aust CyberSec Centre and Special Advisor to the PM on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon will be sharing some profound insights into his 20+ years in the industry at the 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Gala Dinner.

Do you have a great recollection of your first experience of the Internet, how it has changed your life and more?

One such individual is Alastair MacGibbon, who has a stellar reputation as one of Australia's foremost cyber security experts, who is one of the event's speakers.

Invited by Peter Coroneos, the former head of the Internet Industry Association and the organiser of the 30th Anniversary of the Internet Gala Dinner said: "Delighted is an understatement, that our good friend Alastair MacGibbon has agreed to join us at the forthcoming 30th Anniversary of the Internet Celebrations to share some profound insights from 20+ years in cyber.

"We'll be asking him what did he find surprising and what's his take on the journey ahead".

More speakers will be announced, with details to be found here.

So, how can you score a free ticket to the 30th Anniversary of the Internet Gala Dinner?

Over at LinkedIn, Peter said:


"Yes, we’re calling for your stories! The official 30th Anniversary of the Internet gala event site will shortly feature memories of our extended community – including you.

"Do you have a recollection of your first experience of the internet, any policy or technical challenges you had to overcome, how it’s changed your life and those around you, what you think the future will bring, or any of the things we should be thinking about at this important milestone in Australia’s internet history.

"Please message me, or email to [email protected] We will post your comments to our site - so keep it clean ;) and the best one will win a free ticket to the gala and be read out on the night.

"For tickets, tables and sponsorships or general information about the event, please visit the 30iGala site. hashtag#celebrate hashtag#internet hashtag#australia hashtag#30thanniversary."

I also recorded a short video with Peter:

Here's a short bio on Alastair MacGibbon:

Alastair MacGibbon led the implementation of the Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber resilient nation.

As the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Alastair drove the creation and strengthening of partnerships between Australian Governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability.

Prior to taking up his appointment as the Special Advisor Alastair was Australia's first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, Alastair was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.


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