National Security College | Professional course


Gain a thorough understanding of the cyber security threats Australia is facing and build your ability to apply that understanding to policy and operational responsibilities.

#132 Crawford Building, #132 Crawford Building, 1 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

This course covers cyber security objectives, capabilities and constraints. Participants will be ready to seize the opportunities to develop and reform Australia’s cyber security approaches. Cyber is an established tool of statecraft, and – increasingly – a vehicle for challenging the postwar rules-based order. Information technology continues to offer unprecedented economic and social opportunities, but industry leaders face eroding trust in their ability to accommodate privacy and security concerns within their business models. The course focuses on Australia’s efforts to introduce effective cyber security policies which have enjoyed mixed success. The 2016 Cyber Security Strategy recognised the nexus between national prosperity and good cyber security, but implementation of the Strategy has been patchy. The course seeks to answer – So where to now for cyber security? The challenges are increasing, with the global cost of cyber threats forecast to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021. Risks include the damage and destruction of data, stolen money, lost productivity, theft of intellectual property, theft of personal and financial data, embezzlement, fraud, post-attack disruption to businesses, forensic investigation, restoration and deleted hacked data and systems. All of these issues are interlinked, and challenging for non-experts to navigate. But more than ever, Australian government and business leaders need to understand the key national and global themes of cyber security. This course is a vehicle for achieving this, and by extension the reinvigoration of Australian leadership and innovation in cyber security policy.

Scope and content

Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the dimensions of 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”:information as a weapon.

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

    Registration Places on this course are limited. To secure your place, or to obtain further information, please contact us at

“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

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