Govt appoints National Cyber Security Coordinator

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of Darren Goldie as its first National Cyber Security Coordinator.

Goldie, who commences in the role on 3 July, will, together with the National Office of Cyber Security, be responsible for boosting Australian Government agencies’ and departments’ preparedness against cyber threats as well as increasing the overall resilience of all Australian entities.

The new coordinator will lead national cyber security policy, the coordination of responses to major cyber incidents, whole-of-government cyber incident preparedness efforts, and in strengthening the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity capability.

He will also work in collaboration with the Government’s key policy, operational and security agencies.

Air Marshal Goldie has served the country with distinction for more than 30 years through various roles with the Royal Australian Air Force, most recently as Air Commander Australia.

As the Air Commander Australia, Goldie has been responsible for building capability and resilience for the Royal Australian Air Force. He has led the coordination of Defence responses to natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has also held key leadership positions, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2020-21 providing strategic foreign policy advice to Government.