Dean Thompson

Dean Thompson

Tech Area Lead - Cyber Defence

Dean Thompson is an accomplished Cyber security professional with over 20+ years of experience in Cyber & Information Security and deeply motivated to ensure results are returned from Cyber Security investments and improving security posture and currently serves as the Head of Department for Cyber Security at ANZ Bank.  Over the last 10 years, he has led the team for Cyber Security Intelligence, the Security Operations Centre and now oversees a number of the technology units charged with keeping ANZ’s systems safe.

Prior to his current role, Dean has worked with a number of technologies including network and systems administration, Information security design, IT forensics, database technologies and critical infrastructure.  His interest in critical infrastructure has led to Dean assisting and writing various scenarios used by the Attorney General’s Department in Canberra, Australia and the Department of Defense in the US to help craft the Cyberstorm II / Cyberstorm III (Cyber-Terrorism) scenarios, used to assess Australia’s response to such incidents, for both the public and private sectors.

Apart from working for ANZ Bank, Dean also sits on a number of technical committees as part of OASIS where he serves on the Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI), Structured Threat Information Exchange (STIX) committee as well as the Collaborative Automated Course of Action Operations (CACAO) and Threat Actor Context (TAC) committees.

Dean has a keen interest in promoting information sharing and threat data using prescribed information sharing formats.

Dean has completed his PhD in Computer Science and Bachelors/Honours in Information Systems and speaks at international/national and local conferences (RSA, FS-ISAC), seminars, round tables and on occasion provides advice to venture capitalists about the viability of technology before they invest.

Dean has been an FS-ISAC member for over 10 years and has served as the Chair of the Asia Pacific Threat Intelligence Committee (for 2 years) and still serves on the committee.

Appearing at
Future of Security
25 November - 26 November 2021
  • Marvel Stadium
As the industry’s premier security forum series, the 2021 Future of Security – running in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland – will explore key concerns around information security and cyber resilience, with noteworthy discussions on: Threat detection and intelligence Cloud and...