CyberShift - addressing workplace culture in the cyber security sector

CyberShift - addressing workplace culture in the cyber security sector

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This discussion is about what toxic culture looks like in practice and how individuals, leaders and organisations can address it.

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We have all seen stories in the media about toxic workplace cultures and the negative impact they have on people who experience this type of behaviour.

Join us for this 3 part event:

1. Presentation by Jinan Budge on her research on toxicity in cybersecurity.

2. Panel discussion with Jacqui Kernot, James Turner, Jinan Budge, and moderated by Laura Lees.

3. Working group discussion and networking.

NOTE: Details of location and livestream will be provided at a later date.

The CyberShift Alliance is a collaboration between several associations and organizations including ISACA SheLeadsTech, FITT, CISO Lens, AWSN, the Australian Signals Directorate, AustCyber, ISC2, AISA, DOTM, EY and Forrester Research who aim to address culture change within security.

The alliance was born from an International Women’s Day event run by AWSN and ISACA aptly titled “Don’t Reward The Brilliant Jerk” and the AustCyber ''Culture Shock'' Event. 'These events attracted significant interest from attendees, and a call to action that we want to do better as an industry to address hidden systematic, and endemic issues that have plagued our industry.


Laura Lees has over 20 years experience in the technology, security and risk management industries with a focus on financial services. She was recently appointed Country Business Information Security Officer - Australia/New Zealand for a global Financial Services organisation and is responsible for all Information Security related matters in country. Laura is also the current Vice President for the ISACA Sydney Chapter having served on the board for the past 3 years and is an AWSN Sydney Chapter Lead.

Laura holds an MBA from MGSM and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science, along with industry certifications such as CISSP, CISM and SABSA.

Laura has been nominated for a number of industry awards including being the 2019 recipient of the Jo Stewart-Rattray award for Women in Leadership from ISACA International.

Jinan Budge leads Forrester’s security and risk research in Asia Pacific. Jinan’s research focuses on enabling the success of the chief information security officer (CISO) role; creating transformational cybersecurity strategies; and building security awareness, behaviour, and culture programs at the heart of a security strategy.

Jinan is a champion for diversity and inclusion in security and brings a local and global perspective and cultural lens to her research and practice.

James Turner is the founder of CISO Lens, which is the peak body for cyber security executives from the largest organisations across Australia and New Zealand. James works as an industry analyst at CISO Lens; facilitating roundtable discussions, conducting primary research, and producing reports that provide evidence-based decision support. James also authors the CISO Lens Benchmark; an annual report published by CISO Lens that provides independent, local, and current information for technology and security executives.

Jacqui Kernot is a partner in Cyber Security at EY in the financial services sector. She speaks regularly about the impact of digital disruption on privacy and trust as well as the engagement of humans as the primary attack surface in enterprises.