Is Australian experience really essential?

We have some amazing people applying for jobs in Australia - those who are born and bred here, those born abroad who want to live here and those who leave and then want to return.  With such a skills shortage in cyber here in Australia, can we continue to think international experience cannot bring value to the Australian market?  Is it time we reconsider those with international experience?

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Why I’m no longer an advocate for culture change as the silver bullet to security.

For many years I have spruiked culture change as the key to reducing security risk. I made it my thing, requiring my teams across my career to ensure they had comms plans and event days, quirky videos and mouse mats with catchy security phrases on them. I even won a regional award for having a cyber strategy that was built on a foundation of culture change.  But I’ve come to realise that culture change isn’t the key after all. 

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The security challenges we are still talking about

A few weeks back, I supported a security summit as the master of ceremonies.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve been to a conference so I was soaking in the content between introducing great speakers and spruiking about feedback forms.   The presenters and panellists generously shared their experience and recommended activities that have worked for them.  But, for me, what I also found thought provoking was what came after the presentations....  

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Does your recruiter help or hinder when hiring a security leader?

There is significant value in preparing for what the future security of the organisation will look like and therefore what type of leader you need. If you can, do this preparation and conduct the recruitment in house with your HR/talent team to support you to find the right candidate. However, if you are considering using third-party recruiters, here are some things to keep in mind...

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Top 3 reasons to keep your coach

Unlike in sport, often once an executive coaching program is deemed complete, the relationship ends. There might be a call here or email there to follow up or touch base but more often than not, the coach and the counterpart part ways. If you need some encouragement to re-engage your coach, here are 3 great reasons to feed and water your coaching relationship and keep it alive.

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For the greater good, would you inform consumers about your approach to security?

Many companies are forthcoming with some information about how they are protecting the environment. But what about how businesses are protecting us? As consumers, for a long time, we have placed our money, information and sometimes our livelihoods in the hands of household brands – trusting that they have taken steps to protect us.

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