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Cyber security in the new world

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Discussion on Australia’s most pressing cyber security challenges, featuring two of Australia’s eminent cyber security experts.

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Ms Danielle Cave, Deputy Director of ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre and former intelligence analyst, will discuss with former Defence Minister Professor Stephen Smith how a rapidly transforming digital landscape is shaping spycraft and geopolitics, as well as government cyber strategies. Professor Smith, Chairman of two Australian cyber security companies, will assess with Ms Cave how resilient Australian industry is to growing cyber threats, and how government and industry can work together to protect the nation’s businesses, intellectual property and critical infrastructure.

In mid-June, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison provided a Statement on Malicious Cyber Activity Against Australian Networks. Following Commonwealth investments over recent years to boost Australia’s cyber capabilities, it is clear the challenge of COVID-19 is not the only pervasive threat to Australia’s safety, security and prosperity.

Danielle Cave

Danielle is the Deputy Director of ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre. She has worked in international relations, across government and non-government, since 2006. She has published and led projects on a range of global issues with a focus on how cyberspace and digital technologies are impacting Australia's place in the world. She is also a PhD scholar at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU and in 2016 was a Google Policy Fellow attached to the Harvard University incubated Digital Asia Hub in Hong Kong.

She is a former Analyst and team leader in the Open Source Centre at the Office of National Assessments and in 2009-12 she also worked as a Research Associate in the Lowy Institute’s Melanesia program where she undertook a secondment to AusAID, working with the Asia strategy, research and communication teams. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Danielle worked for two years as Editorial Coordinator for the Sydney bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper. She has a Masters degree in International Security from Sydney University and a Bachelor degree in Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Professor Stephen Smith

Professor Stephen Smith has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014. He is currently the Chairman of archTIS, Chairman of Sapien Cyber, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UWA Public Policy Institute, a member of the Board of the Perth USAsia Centre and a Member of the Board of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute.

Professor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Trade.

Following upon his retirement from the Australian Parliament in 2013, Professor Smith was a member of the EY (Ernst and Young) Oceania Government and Public Sector Advisory Board (2014 - 2017), Chair of the Asia Desk and a member of the Advisory Board of Perth Law firm Lavan (2014 – 2017), and a member of the Board of Hockey Australia (2013 - 2016).

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