Rachael Falk, CEO of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC), is one of Australia’s leading cyber security experts. As Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, Rachael heads an innovative and dynamic program of collaboration between government, industry and universities.
The Centre delivers world-leading cyber security research, creating commercial solutions to the ever-evolving problems of our interconnected world. And, led by Rachael, the Centre is helping ensure Australia’s cyber security expertise, capability and resilience into the future.
Rachael was Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence and has a strong background in commercial law and cyber security, practicing as a lawyer at top-tier firms and in-house for Telstra.
She has also worked as a cyber security consultant and is co-author of the Five Knows of Cyber Security, setting an industry standard for organisational cyber security best-practice. Rachael holds an Advanced Masters in National Security Policy (Hons) from the National Security College (ANU), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (UTS) and Bachelor of Arts (ANU).
Prof. Lesley Seebeck started as the CEO of the Cyber Institute, Australian National University, on 30 July 2018. Most recently, she was Chief Investment and Advisory Officer at the Digital Transformation Agency, arriving there from the Bureau of Meteorology where she served as Chief Information Officer from mid-2014 to late 2017. She was recognised as Federal Government CIO of the Year in 2017 and in February 2019 she was appointed to the Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.
Prof. Seebeck has extensive experience in strategy, policy, management, budget, information technology and research roles in the Australian Public Service, industry and academia. She has worked in the Departments of Finance, Defence, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Office of National Assessments, and as an IT and management consultant in private industry, and at two universities.
Prof. Seebeck has a PhD in information technology, an MBA, a Masters in Defence Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science (Physics).