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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 19:57

Women to the fore in cyber centre, says threat report Featured

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Women play a prominent role in the Australian Cyber Security Centre, making up 50% of the organisation's leadership group, according to the ACSC's annual threat report released today.

The leadership group comprises senior executives and key representatives from across the ACSC's partner agencies.

Compared to this, estimates indicate that women make up just 11% of the global information security workforce, the report said.

Apart from this, within the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber and Information Division, 30% of the staff are female. This division sits within the ACSC and is the largest single component.

The report said that many central elements of the ASD's security mission had women at the top. These included:

  • Cyber security operations and incident response;
  • Cyber security tradecraft analysis;
  • Strategic communications;
  • Industry partnerships and accreditation, including Information Security Registered Assessors Programme;
  • Advice and assistance to government
  • Cyber security policy and international engagement; and
  • Capability development (development and integration of sophisticated technical capabilities).

The CERT Australia and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission senior executives who co-ordinate with the ACSC, and one of three ASD senior executives who operates within the ACSC, are also women.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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