5. You Can’t Teach Attitude, with Michelle Price

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

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.

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Time Stamps:

  • 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