Australian Cyber Security Research Centre appointment of CEO

The Australian Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC) announces the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Rachael Falk.

17th May 2018


Australian Cyber Security Research Centre appointment of CEO

The Australian Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC) announces the appointment of its
new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Rachael Falk.

A not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting industry investment into cyber security
research and development, the CSRC will deliver an Australia-wide approach to respond to
cyber threats and cybercrime.

Ms Falk comes to CSRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having
practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in law firms but also in-house at Telstra Corporation
Limited. Ms Falk became Telstra’s General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently she
has been a cyber security consultant. She is the co-author of the Five Knows of Cyber
Security and is well known in cyber security for her unique and respected insights.

CSRC Chair, Mr David Irvine AO said, “Strong cyber security is a critical issue for our
economy and for Australia’s prosperity. We are delighted to have Rachael as our Chief
Executive. Not only does she bring a wealth of industry knowledge, she will ensure that
CSRC collaborates with academia, industry and government to deliver industry-driven cyber
security outcomes. We want our research and work to have an impact benefitting Australia
both now and well into the future.”

Mr Irvine acknowledged the hard work of Dr Darrell Williamson, who acted as interim CEO
during the establishment phase of the CSRC. “Dr Williamson played a key role in bringing
together the CRC’s 25 industry, academic and government partners.”

Mr Irvine also acknowledged the strong support of the Australian Government, which will be
contributing $50 million to a programme valued in cash and in kind at $140 million over
seven years. The Western Australian government has provided substantial support for the
CSRC initiative, along with support from the South Australian and NSW governments.

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