Michelle Price is the CEO at Aust Cyber, a company that supports the development of a vibrant and globally competitive cybersecurity sector.
Before joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University. In this role, she established an integrated approach to the College’s cybersecurity program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.
During this episode, Michelle will discuss the skills and qualities that employers must look for in security staff in order to build a truly successful team. Listen as she encourages others to increase diversity in the cyber security workforce and continue to inspire people with the possibilities of cyber innovation.
00:30 - Michelle’s background and introduction
02:36 - Overcoming the challenges of hiring staff into cyber roles
03:20 - “Nine times out of ten I was actually hiring for attitude.” - Michelle Price
08:49 - Addressing the skills gap with a university course
13:03 - Preparing for the demands on the future of cyber workforce
16:07 - The role diversity plays in the hiring process
18:16 - “Diversity in ethnicity, diversity in age is just as important as diversity in gender. It’s all about diversity of thinking.” - Michelle Price
21:23 - The future of start ups and consultancies offering contract work
26:47 - Key lessoned learned around building teams
27:14 - “It’s just so hard to teach attitude. You can shape attitude but you really can’t necessarily fundamentally change the underlying attitude of someone.” - Michelle Price
30:20 - Michelle’s advice to her younger self