Independent Panel of Experts

Mike Burgess – Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra

Mr Mike Burgess

Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra

Mike Burgess is the Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra, joining Telstra in February 2013. He leads Telstra’s Security Operations team that includes responsibility for Telstra’s Security Operations Centre (TSOC). Mike’s vision for cyber security has resulted in establishing unique Discovery and Influencing capabilities within Telstra Security Operations. These capabilities provide insights and opportunities within Telstra and are an integral part of Security Operations purpose to protect customer information. Mike also co-authored the Five Knows of Cyber Security, an easy, accessible approach that can be used to effectively manage the cyber security risk from the Board down.
Previously Mike was the Deputy Director for Cyber & Information Security at the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD). This role was created in 2008 reflecting the growing importance of DSD’s role as the Commonwealth authority on information security, and the increasing challenge of securing Government information against unauthorised network intrusions.
Mike led the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at DSD in 2009 and oversaw its development into a key cyber capability for Government. The CSOC brought together capabilities from across Government to deliver a greater understanding of the cyber threat against Australian interests, and provided response options for significant cyber events across government and systems of national importance.
Mike has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in the field of imaging radar. Mike joined DSD as a collection engineer in 1995. In his career at DSD, Mike held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD’s business.

Quick Links
Dr Tobias Feakin – Senior Analyst for National Security, ASPI

Dr Tobias Feakin

Senior Analyst for National Security, ASPI

Tobias joined ASPI as Senior Analyst for National Security in October 2012. He examines issues relating to national security policy, cyber security, global counter-terrorism, resilience, critical infrastructure protection. He established the International Cyber Policy Centre at ASPI in 2013 and is Director of Centre. In this role he researches how cyberspace is used for nefarious purposes, by state and non-state actors, creating collaborative policy responses, and creating national and international cooperation in cyberspace.
He is a member of the Devising Cyber Policy and Cyber Defence working group at the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, and a Research Advisor for the Global Commission on Internet Governance run by Chatham House. He was recently appointed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to an expert panel to assist the government in its Cyber Security Review.
He has worked as a Research Fellow for the Landau Network, Centro-Volta in Italy, and the UK Home Office. He was previously Senior Research Fellow and Director of the National Security and Resilience department at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, in London, and is still Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI.

Quick Links
Sir Iain Lobban KCMG CB

Sir Iain Lobban KCMG CB

Strategic Adviser on Cyber Security, Wynyard Group

From July 2008 until November 2014 Sir Iain was the Director of Government Communications Headquarters in the United Kingdom, having previously served as its Director General for Operations from 2004. As the GCHQ Director he attended the UK’s National Security Council on a weekly basis from its very first meeting in May 2010 and was a Principal member of the Joint Intelligence Committee for over six years.
Cyber Security, both nationally and internationally, has been at the heart of his role in recent years where he has set new direction for innovative partnering with the private sector and with academia.
He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2013 New Year Honours, having previously been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2006 Honours.
Since retiring from public service, Sir Iain has been appointed to several advisory positions, including with C5 Capital, The Cambridge Security Initiative, Shell and the holding company of Hakluyt & Co.
On 4 April 2016, Wynyard Group announced it had appointed Sir Iain as Strategic Adviser on Cyber Security for commercial customers.

Quick Links
Mr John N Stewart

Mr John N Stewart

Cisco Chief Security & Trust Officer

John N. Stewart formed and leads Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization, underscoring Cisco’s commitment to address two key issues in boardrooms and on the minds of top leaders around the globe. Under John’s leadership, the team’s core missions are to protect Cisco’s public and private customers, enable and ensure the Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle and Trustworthy Systems efforts across Cisco’s entire mature and emerging solution portfolio, and to protect Cisco itself from the never-ending, and always evolving, cyber threats.
Throughout his 25-year career, Stewart has led or participated in security initiatives ranging from elementary school IT design to national security programs. In addition to his role at Cisco, he sits on technical advisory boards for Area 1 Security, BlackStratus, Inc., and Threatstream. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Shape Security, Shadow Networks, Inc., and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA) and serves as a special advisor to Redseal’s Board of Directors.

Additionally, Stewart serves on the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Cyber Security Review panel and on the Cybersecurity Think Tank at University of Maryland University College. He served on the CSIS Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th United States Presidency and on advisory boards for successful companies such as Akonix, Cloudshield, Finjan, Fixmo, Inc., Ingrian Networks, Nok-Nok Labs, Riverhead, and TripWire. John is a highly sought public and closed-door speaker and most recently was awarded the global Golden Bridge Award and CSO 40 Silver Award for the 2014 Chief Security Officer of the Year.
Stewart holds a Master of Science degree in computer and information science from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

Quick Links
Ms Jennifer Westacott

Ms Jennifer Westacott

Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia

Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.
From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.
Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Research Futures Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics. Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

Quick Links

Further Information

Public submissions to the Cyber Security Review

The Cyber Landscape

A National Cyber Partnership

Strong Cyber Defences

Global Responsibility and Influence

Growth and Innovation

A Cyber Smart Nation