The Prime Minister Appoints The New Head Of The Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Australia - Cybersecurity

21 December, 2017


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recently appointed Alastair MacGibbon as the head of Australia’s Cyber Security Centre (“ACSC”). The Prime Minister appointed MacGibbon following a Government commissioned review of Australia’s security agencies.


The ACSC is a central body that houses 260 cyber security experts from ASIO, Defence, the Australian Federal Police, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Crime Commission. With these recommendations, the ACSC will be set up to provide a 24/7 response to “serious cyber incidents”, and address the community’s needs in relation to emerging cyber security incidents.


MacGibbon is currently the Prime Minister’s special advisor on cyber security as part of the national cyber security strategy. In this role, MacGibbon is responsible for creating and strengthening of partnerships between Australian Governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability. Previously, MacGibbon was Australia’s first eSafety Commissioner and an Agent with the Australian Federal Police. 


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