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Meet the Chiefs - Cyber Industry Briefing and Discussion Panel

Due to the Canberra lockdown, this event has been postponed to 12 October, and will now be held at the Hotel Realm. Registration enquiries can be directed to 


Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.

Speakers and Panel Members are:

Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology

Global issues and national implications.

Abigail Bradshaw, Head Australian Cyber Security Centre Australian Signals Directorate

Whole of Government response to cybercrime, ransomware and cooperation with Industry.

MAJGEN Susan Coyle, Head Information Warfare Division

Defence and ADF cyber posture and warfare.

Chris Deeble, Executive Director Strategy Northrup Grumman Australia

Commercial compliance and implementation issues.

Rachael Falk, CEO Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre

Critical technologies and why they are vital to Australia’s national and economic security.

Abigail Bradshaw

Ms Abigail Bradshaw is the Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s efforts to improve cyber security.
Throughout her career, Ms Bradshaw has held key National Security Operations roles where she has lead whole of government operations, as well as policy and international roles, focussing on advancing Australia’s national security agenda.

Ms Bradshaw has previously worked within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), most recently as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency. Prior to that, Ms Bradshaw was the head of the National Security Division, providing advice and coordinating proposals to the Prime Minister, his office and the National Security Committee (NSC) on key national security issues.

Ms Bradshaw has also held senior roles in the Department of Home Affairs, leading offshore resources covering Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, and as the Department’s inaugural Chief Risk Officer. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Commander of Maritime Border Command during the height of the people smuggling trade.
Ms Bradshaw began her career in the Royal Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies.

Tobias Feakin

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology. He commenced as Ambassador for Cyber Affairs in January 2017, before having his mandate expanded to reflect the central role that technology issues have in geopolitics in 2021.

He leads Australia’s Whole of Government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in cyberspace and critical technology.

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Following that, he led the creation of Australia’s 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

Prior to his Ambassadorial appointment, Dr Feakin was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 where he established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Prior to this he was Director for National Security and Resilience at the Royal United Services Institute in London from 2006-2012.

Ambassador Feakin is a Senior Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute and a member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s FinCyber Advisory Group which focuses on developing an International Strategy for Cybersecurity and the Global Financial System.

Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.

Major General Susan Coyle

Susan Coyle was born in Kyogle, NSW on 21 May 1970. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the Australian Defence Force Academy she graduated from the Royal Military College in
1992 into the Royal Australian Corps of Signals. She has worked at the tactical, operational and strategic level in a variety of command and staff appointments including Commander Joint Task
Force 633, Commander 6th Brigade, inaugural Commander Task Group Afghanistan, and Commanding Officer 17th Signal Regiment.

Major General Coyle has received a Distinguished Service Medal as the Deputy Commander JTF 636 / Commander Task Group Afghanistan on Operation SLIPPER / HIGHROAD, and a Conspicuous Service Cross as the Commanding Officer 17th Signal Regiment. She holds postgraduate qualifications in a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, a Master in Organisational Development and Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of New England, and a Master of Management in Defence Studies from the University of Canberra. 

Major General Coyle currently holds the appointment of Head of Information Warfare for the Australian Defence Force.

Chris Deeble

Chris Deeble is Executive Director, Strategy for Northrop Grumman in Australia. He supports the company’s current programmes, develops strategies for growth and identifies new business opportunities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Deeble has extensive acquisition and sustainment programme experience, as well as a deep understanding of organizational strategy and operational excellence.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Deeble worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia. Deeble served for 37 years in the Australian Defence Force, most notably as an Air Vice-Marshal. He oversaw multiple programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, Multi Role Tanker Transport and the Navy Collins Class Submarine. His performance in leading these complex programs was recognized in 2016 with the Officer of the Order of Australia award.

Rachael Falk

Rachael Falk is one of Australia’s leading cyber security experts.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Rachael heads an innovative and dynamic program of collaboration between government, industry and universities.

The Centre delivers world-leading cyber security research, creating commercial solutions to the ever-evolving problems of our interconnected world. And, led by Rachael, the Centre is helping ensure Australia’s cyber security expertise, capability and resilience into the future.

Rachael was Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence and has a strong background in commercial law and cyber security, practising as a lawyer at top-tier firms and in-house for Telstra.

She has also worked as a cyber security consultant and is co-author of the Five Knows of Cyber Security, setting an industry standard for organisational cyber security best-practice.

Rachael holds an Advanced Masters in National Security Policy (Hons) from the National Security College (ANU), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (UTS) and Bachelor of Arts (ANU).



Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Coffee/tea and Registration starts at 10am

Hotel Realm

Ticket Price: $254

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