Cyber in National Security

National Security College | Professional course
Cyber in National Security


Understand this dynamic and pervasive domain from a national security perspective. Engage with government officials leading Australia’s cyber response capabilities. Listen to academics about the management of the IoT, artificial intelligence, data and technology, and the implications for national security.

Course date: 
9am 13 March – 5pm 14 March 2019
9am 5 November – 5pm 6 November 2019
#132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

The complex, inter-disciplinary and global nature of technology requires a deep understanding of the ‘information age revolution’. This program enables you to understand the status quo, opportunities, threats and risks of engaging with technology and the cyber world, how Australia is engaging internationally on technology issues, and how building cyber resilience improves Australia’s economic opportunities and defensive capabilities.

Scope and content

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the dimensions of technology and cyber, insight into the opportunities and threats, and develop their ability to apply that understanding to a range of policy and operational responsibilities.

Topics include:
• a global overview of technology, cyber threats, trends and capability
• Australia’s cyber security policy and strategy
• international cooperation: regional partners and the role of international law
• private sector perspectives
• the trajectory of technology and cyber
• “info-wars” - technology and information as weapons

This course is for all staff involved in technology and/or cyber or who need a deeper understanding of this subject for their professional responsibilities. This includes corporate participants and government employees. It is not a technical program.

“I found the course extremely useful – particularly in gaining greater understanding about the cyber security context, policy implications and environment we are working in.”

Course details

  • Two day, non-residential, fully-catered program
  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied
  • Course Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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“The presenters were very knowledgeable and come from a good spectrum of expertise and experience, the information was concise and opened my mind to the amount of issues that we are facing.”

Course convenor

Mr Brad Fallen

Brad Fallen joined the National Security College as Manager, Executive and Professional Development in March 2018, on secondment from the Department of Home Affairs. Brad’s professional national security experience includes international relations, intelligence, Cabinet and ministerial decision-making, and policy development and delivery. As Senior Adviser International Cyber Policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) from 2014, Brad was part of the small team who delivered Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Review and Strategy. He then implemented the Strategy for 18 months from the Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser. Brad led PM&C’s National Security Committee Secretariat between 2011 and 2014, supporting Prime Ministers Gillard, Rudd and Abbott, and before this the Department of Defence’s Cabinet and Freedom of Information teams from 2008 to 11. He was Defence Adviser to the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, the Hon Bruce Scott MP, in 2000-01. Brad studied South Pacific history at the University of Queensland before joining the Department of Defence’s Graduate program in 1988. Brad’s career in Defence focused on Australia’s regional relationships, and included three years as First Secretary (Defence) at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby, and two years seconded to the New Zealand Government in Wellington.

Course presenter(s)

Ms Catherine Bridges Cyber Adviser

Catherine Bridges joined the National Security College in June 2018 on secondment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Cyber Adviser. Her career has included roles in policy development, implementation and advice, legal analysis and advice and stakeholder engagement across several government agencies including the Attorney-General’s Department, Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet. Catherine has worked on several complex legal reform projects including parliamentary inquiries into legislation governing the national security community and amendments to national security legislation. Previously, Catherine worked as a Shadow Ministerial Adviser on superannuation and retirement income policy and as a Ministerial adviser on child care policy. Recently Catherine worked in the Office of the Cyber Security Adviser, pre-dominantly focusing on the international dimension of Australia’s cyber security policy. Following the establishment of the Home Affairs Department, Catherine remained with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to help create a new team responsible for advising on strategic cyber security issues. Catherine is a graduate of the Australian National University and has a Bachelor of Arts (focusing on political science and psychology), a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

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