Lee Speaks at Australian Cyber Security Conference
Monday, May 25, 2015
Marcelle Lee, Director of WSC Women’s Education and Training, traveled to Canberra, Australia in April to speak at the inaugural Australian Cyber Security Centre conference. Her plenary session topic was Diversity in Tech: Increasing the Cyber Security Workforce Pipeline. Her talk provoked a lot of conversation about the diversity issues Australia’s tech community is facing. There was also an impromptu Women in Cyber Security lunchtime session hosted by Sandra Ragg, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy, from the Prime Minister’s office, and assisted by Elly van den Heuvel, Secretary to Cyber Security Council of the Netherlands, and Marcelle.
The two-day conference featured an impressive array of Australian and international speakers, with representation from government, academia, and the private sector. The conference also garnered support from leading tech companies from around the world.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre is a new partnership between several agencies, including the Department of Defence, the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Federal Police and Australian Crime Commission all under one roof. It is considered a hub for greater collaboration and information sharing with the private sector, state and territory governments, academia and international partners to combat the full range of cyber threats.
While in Australia, Marcelle also had the opportunity to promote the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, and also caught up with one of our Australian members, Brianna Malcolmson.