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For senior executives and directors, we help  stimulate  new management approaches by introducing social science methods into integrated cyber ecosystem management. 

International Webinar: Cyber Policy Responses by Japan and Australia to the Russia/Ukraine War

Tuesday 5 March 4.00pm to 5.30pm Sydney 

On 5 March, the Social Cyber Institute will host an international webinar on “Cyber Policy Responses by Japan and Australia to the Russia/Ukraine War”. The webinar will feature a presentation by Mihoko Matsubara drawing on her book, ‘ウクライナのサイバー戦争’[Ukraine’s Cyber War] which was published in Japanese in August 2023. Ms Matsubara is Chief Cyber Strategist with NTT in Tokyo. (NTT is ranked 109th in the Global Fortune 500.) The second presentation, on Australian policy, will be from Professor Greg Austin, co-author of the recent IISS report, ‘Impact of the Russia–Ukraine War on National Cyber Planning: A Survey of Ten Countries’, and adjunct Professor at the Australia China Institute at the University of Technology Sydney. Greg is a co-founder of the Social Cyber Institute. The webinar will address how the two governments have adjusted their national policies in response to cyber operations by Russia, Ukraine and their allies in their war now underway for two years. The discussion will also analyse future options and challenges.

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Glenn Withers AO, Emeritus Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University and Founding Director of the Social Cyber Institute.

The free webinar will be held in hybrid format from 4pm to 5.30pm Sydney time | 2pm to 3.30pm Tokyo time. The event will be recorded.

  • Wellington 1800 | Singapore 1300 | Delhi 1030 | Dubai 0900 | Nairobi 0800 | Istanbul 0600 | Paris 0400 | London 0300

All registered guests will receive a link to the Zoom webinar on 29 February and a reminder on 4 March.

International Webinar: Australian Cyber Security after Mega Data Breaches​

1 December 2022 

  • Wellington 1700 | Tokyo 1600 | Sydney 1500 | Singapore 1200 | Delhi 1030 | Dubai 0900 | Nairobi 0900 | Istanbul 0800 | Paris 0700 | London 0600

What next? What does the next mega-breach attack look like? Why do mega-breaches happen? How good is Australian cyber security? What should Australia do differently?

While corporations and government are making technical responses and adjustments to their cyber security after these cyber attacks and data compromises, important social dimensions of the problems are not getting the attention they deserve. Professor Glenn Withers (ANU) and Dr Greg Austin (IISS) will discuss the implications of the attacks for Australian cyber security policy. . They will also discuss the social aspects of the two attacks, against the background of the emerging discipline of social cyber security. The US and Australian intelligence communities are paying increasing attention to this new discipline. Withers and Austin spelled out the concept in a 2019 research paper published by the Social Cyber Institute. They also contributed to a short study on this subject. 

Download: '6-Point Action Plan to Revitalise Australian Cybersecurity' 


Virtual Workshop: Australia’s National Cyber Emergency

21 August 2020, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Social Cyber Academy conducted a free interactive workshop via Zoom for senior executives from business and government to review Australia’s preparedness for a national cyber emergency. The workshop was led by Dr Greg Austin, Professor of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy at UNSW Canberra and the head of the programme on Cyber, Space and Future Conflict at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Austin was editor of the 2020 book National Cyber Emergencies: the Return to Civil Defence. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and knowledge relevant to their businesses, state governments or federal government agencies.

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