Revealing Their Secrets, Protecting Ours - Abigail Bradshaw

If you’re thinking the title of this week’s episode sounds distinctly like it’s describing modern day espionage and intelligence agencies you would be right! 

We are super excited to share this exclusive conversation with Cyber Security leader, Abigail Bradshaw. Abi is Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) which is part of the national Foreign Intelligence agency known as the Australian Signals Directorate. 

Abi describes her job as “revealing other peoples’ secrets whilst protecting our own”. The agency she heads, the ACSC, is tasked with protecting Australia’s communications and technology networks, and all Australians, from malicious cyber activity. That includes threats from both sovereign nations and cyber criminals.

Suffice to say, Abi is a very busy person! 

Abi has had a fascinating career and is passionate about serving her country. She’s also really passionate about seeing more women in leadership roles and is proud of the number of women who are working with her at the agency. 

In this episode you’ll hear: 

  • How Abi’s career journey took her from being a lawyer in the Navy to a key role in an intelligence agency
  • Why Abi realised she had to change her leadership style significantly when she started her current role, 
  • The pros and cons of having to lock your mobile away all day; and
  • Her seriously informed tips of how we can all protect ourselves from cyber crime. 

This really is a special episode so synchronise watches, put your phones on silent, and enjoy this conversation with the dynamic and patriotic Abigail Bradshaw.

Useful Links

Australian Signals Directorate website  

Australian Cyber Security Centre website

Free cyber advice 

Link to TAFE Cyber Essential 8 course 

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