Tuesday, 27 April 2021 12:05

Macquarie Telecom appoints former head of ADF cyber warfare as senior adviser Featured

By Staff Writer
Marcus Thompson, senior adviser Macquarie Telecom Marcus Thompson, senior adviser Macquarie Telecom

Macquarie Telecom Group has appointed the former head of the Australian Defence Force Information Warfare division, Maj Gen Marcus Thompson AM PhD, as part of its newly-established federal government advisory board. 

Dr Thompson joins Macquarie Telecom (ASX:MAQ) following a 34-year career in the Australian Defence Force, during which he was Defence’s inaugural Head of the Information Warfare Division (IWD), which coincided with Defence recognising cyber as a battlefield domain for the first time.

Macqauarie Telecom says that under Dr Thompson’s leadership the IWD defended Australia’s military assets and information from foreign cyber-attacks, and Defence cyber capabilities grew into a world class counter offensive cyber force. 

Dr Thompson says the decision to join Macquarie was fuelled by a desire to champion three causes close to his heart - prioritising Australia’s national cyber security defence; moving Australia’s digital supply chain onshore to protect sovereign information; and building sovereign cyber capability to better support cyber defences, stimulating national economic growth in the process. 

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“Macquarie shares my view that cyber security needs to transform from a fleeting thought in the national psyche to an issue that is front and centre with the private sector, government and the population at large. In my previous role I’ve seen firsthand just how important cyber security is to every aspect of our society,” Dr Thompson said.

“The government’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 was a step in the right direction. It has put greater maturity into conversations about cyber security. Australia needs board members and executive teams to develop their expertise in cyber security further, and to cement cyber as a central business operational risk – one that’s mission critical to corporate planning.”

The appointment of Dr Thompson comes just weeks after then Home Affairs Minister and newly appointed Defence Minister Peter Dutton highlighted how cyber-attacks against Australian businesses are on the rise.

In March the Australian Federal Police also labelled 2021 the year of the cyber-criminal, and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) shared it’s prediction that espionage by nation-state hackers will surpass terrorism as the biggest threat to Australian security by 2025.  

Maquarie Telecom says evidence of regional tensions seeping into the online world has formed the basis of Dr Thompson’s “rallying cry, that all levels of our digital supply chain can and should be resident in Australia”. 

“The fact remains that most of the time we don’t know where our data is stored or who can access it. Much less the laws to which the companies storing and accessing it are subject,” Dr Thompson said.

“The risk this poses to our cybersecurity and data protection are very real. It necessitates the use of digital supply chain providers that are majority Australian owned and operated and subject to sovereign controls.” 

Beyond the threat posed by nation-state hackers, Dr Thompson said Australia should prioritise local technology, cloud and cybersecurity providers to cultivate local industry, create jobs and capability that will drive economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, uplifting our national cyber security posture in the process.  

“The government is doing this with defence industry through major procurement of land and naval platforms. It should do the same in cyber where we are already served by local industry capability that is world-class,” he said.

Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope welcomed the appointment, saying: “Marcus embodies what we value most – maximising Australia’s sovereign skills and capabilities, and keeping Australian data stored and protected onshore.

“Collectively, we need to amplify the voices of experts like Marcus who have dedicated their careers to protecting Australia’s people and our way of life.”

Dr Thompson’s appointment follows the launch of Macquarie Telecom Group’s IC5 government-certified data centre in Canberra.


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