Alastair MacGibbon, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security
As the very real and challenging cyber threats to Australian government agencies, business organisations and individuals is the new reality, protecting confidential data and IT systems against cyber crime has become an urgent priority.
In acknowledging the need for a national strategy, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appointed Alastair MacGibbon as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security in 2016. In this role, MacGibbon will provide national leadership and advocacy on cyber security policy and the implementation of the Government's Cyber Security Strategy.
The Special Adviser also ensures effective partnerships between Australian Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the research community and international partners.
Working closely with the Ambassador for Cyber Issues and the Australian Cyber Security Centre Coordinator, the Special Adviser sets clear objectives and priorities to Government's operational cyber security agencies and oversees their implementation.
Alastair MacGibbon’s history:
Mr. MacGibbon was Australia's first Children's eSafety Commissioner. He led online safety education and protection for Australian children and young people, and managed complaints about offensive or illegal online content.
Alastair worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as the 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, Mr. MacGibbon was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.
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