Upskilling and micro-credentialing a remote workforce
Tuesday 26 October 2021
6:00PM – 7:00PM
About the event
Hosted by AustCyber’s CEO Michelle Price, this event features guests with diverse careers as we explore the available options and challenges of managing a remote and/or distributed workforce while also embedding upskilling and micro-credentialing.
Roles in cyber security are diverse and rewarding. They span technical, policy, risk management, marketing, engagement and more. A technical (IT) background is not a prerequisite for a career in cyber security.
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Head of Education (Curriculum), Grok Academy
Bruce Fuda is Head of Education (Curriculum) at Grok Academy and the Project Lead on the Schools Cyber Security Challenges Project - an education, industry and government collaboration upskilling students and teachers in cyber security. The program has engaged over 150k Australian students since its inception in 2018.
Prior to joining Grok Academy, he has held jobs in Secondary Schools and the University sector, working as a teacher, Head of Department and Associate Principal, and lecturing in Masters programs. Bruce has over 16 years experience working in education and teacher training, teaching all years levels from Year 6 through 12, and working with both pre- and in-service teachers.
He was the 2016 ACCE/ACS Australian ICT Educator of the Year, and was awarded an ISTE Making IT Happen award in 2017. He is the founding President of Information Technology Educators ACT.
Brigadier Robert ‘Doc’ Watson
Director General Joint Information Warfare
After enlisting in the Royal Australian Army Corps of Signals as an Operator of Electronic Warfare in 1992, Brigadier Watson went on to the Royal Military College, Duntroon from which he graduated in 1997. He has had extensive regimental experience which includes command appointments at both the 2nd Commando Regiment and the 7th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare). Following Regimental command, he was appointed Director Joint Cyber for which he received a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2021. Currently, he is serving as the Director General of Joint Information Warfare, Joint Capabilities Group. Brigadier Watson has deployed on multiple occasions to East Timor and Afghanistan. He holds Masters Degrees in Information Technology (USQ) and Military Studies (ANU) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director of Training, South Metropolitan TAFE, Perth
Julia is the Executive Director of Training at South Metropolitan TAFE in Perth and is responsible for SMTAFE's leadership in Cyber Security training in Australia as well as its role in other technologies such as defence, automation, space and big data. As part of this role, she is also the current Chair of TAFEcyber, a consortium of the ten Australian TAFEs that provide cyber security qualifications.
Julia Burns has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia, and overseas in various countries such as the UK, US, Italy and South East Asia. For eleven years she worked for the Department of Commerce and Trade in strategic business planning and international marketing and worked with companies from a wide range of industries within the manufacturing, services, tourism, culture and education sectors.
She holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Western Australia.
Chief Executive Officer, AustCyber
Michelle was AustCyber’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary, joining the company in January 2017 and was appointed CEO in April 2018. Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University and developed the blueprint for the ANU Cyber Institute.
Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Australia’s first Cyber Security Strategy, released in 2016. While at PM&C, she was also the architect of the world’s first national security strategy risk framework and managed the Government’s Coordinated National Security Budget across three federal Budgets.
Michelle is a director on the board of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Cybersecurity.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Business Law) from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an alumna of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Rebecca Vivian
Senior Research Fellow & Project Lead, The University of Adelaide
Dr Rebecca Vivian is Senior Research Fellow and Project Lead in the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) at The University of Adelaide.
Dr Vivian has collaborated with stakeholders across industry, education, and government to deliver education and research projects. She leads international and national research and projects in school-age computer science education, teacher training and scalable models of online learning. Dr Vivian led the development of CSER’s suite of eight national online teacher training courses and classroom resources covering Digital Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Cyber Security. CSER national teacher training program has engaged 38,000+ educators in professional learning and up to 32% of teachers from disadvantaged schools.
Dr Vivian is passionate about broadening participation in STEM study and careers and has undertaken research investigating international best practices for stakeholders such as Chief Executive Women, Careers with STEM and Education Services Australia’s Girls in STEM Toolkit.