Friday, 27 September 2019 00:00

Five weeks to go: Alastair MacGibbon shares insights into the big lessons learned in 20+ years of cyber security leadership


In what could have been a scene from a political thriller, a fascinating 20-minute conversation took place on a park bench in Canberra yesterday between Alastair MacGibbon and Peter Coroneos, where the past, present and future of the Internet was discussed.

Former national cyber security advisor and head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alastair MacGibbon, who has been out of the public eye since his departure earlier this year in May, spoke openly about the big lessons learned and why he remains optimistic about the future.

MacGibbon, as you may recall, was handpicked by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to lead the transformation to a whole of government approach to cyber.

From the site of the event where MacGibbon will speak on 31 October, his bio reads:

"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 Adviser 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 Adviser 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."

In the video, both speak on a range of topics, and also refer to the late Mike Rothery, PSM - whom Coroneos designates as an internet "fallen hero” and who will be remembered at the 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia.

Rothery led Australia’s emergency management, and the development of the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) for Critical Infrastructure Protection; Australia’s world leading national resilience strategies and cybersecurity strategy.

Here’s a three minute prelude to the discussion embedded below, followed by a "pull up a chair and have a listen to this” conversation.

Three-minute prelude chat between Alastair MacGibbon and Peter Coroneos:

Twenty-minute chat: Alastair MacGibbon and Peter Coroneos on 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations


The original article announcing the 30iGala event is here: "INVITATION: Celebrate 30 years of the Internet in Australia with a special Gala Dinner on October 31 in Sydney".

The following article was published earlier this week: "30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon to speak at Internet Gala Event, plus how to win a free ticket". 

This was then followed up with "6 WEEKS until 30iGala: Peter Coroneos and Peter Price AM talk icode, the White House and Internet history". 

After this came "30iGala - Remembering Internet history: Peter Coroneos video interviews Alex Zaharov-Reutt".

This was followed up by: "5 WEEKS TO GO – 30iGala Net History: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the 'Four Parables of Regulating the Net'".

To learn more and attend the 30iGala event yourself, the event website is here I hope you can make it on the night, and help make history celebrating a great milestone in Australia's online history.


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