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Bradford Graduate, Dr Tobias Feakin, appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Published: Thu 10 Nov 2016
Bradford Graduate, Dr Tobias Feakin, appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Dr Tobias Feakin, BSc Security Studies 1998 and PhD International Politics and Security Studies 2005, has been appointed as Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.

The appointment forms part of the Australian Government’s $230 million Cyber Security Strategy, which encourages collaboration between Australian Government, business, academia and communities to improve cyber security.

The Ambassador for Cyber Affairs will lead Australia’s international cyber effort, working closely with the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, and will support cyber capacity building in the region, advocating against state censorship of the Internet and promoting Australia’s view that opportunities provided by the Internet should be available to all people.

Dr Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy. He has been the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute since 2012 and established the Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre.

He has also held a number of research and advisory positions, including with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Dr Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies 1998 and a PhD in International Politics and Security Studies 2005, both from the University of Bradford. He is expected to take up the appointment in January 2017.

Read the full article on www.foreignminister.gov.au

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