Cyber Security: Is Australia Ready?

Charles Pearson Theatre Eastern Resource Centre University of Melbourne


The Internet supports the development of economic growth, drives innovation and the delivery of services. However, as connectivity has increased so to have security risks. In this public lecture, Melissa Hathaway discusses the need for cyber security and how Australia is placed to respond to this challenge.

Melissa Hathaway

Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She serves as a Senior Fellow and a member of the Board of Regents at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and is a Senior Advisor at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She also is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada and was appointed to the Global Commission for Internet Governance (Bildt Commission).

She served in two Presidential administrations where she spearheaded the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and led the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative for President George W. Bush. She developed a unique methodology for evaluating and measuring the level of preparedness for certain cybersecurity risks, known as the Cyber Readiness Index. She publishes regularly on cybersecurity matters affecting companies and countries.

Most of her articles can be found at the following website:

Melissa Hathaway is visiting Australia as a guest of Cisco.


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