Monday, 08 July 2019 07:26

Tech veteran Coroneos appointed to cyber security advisers' network

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Peter Coroneos with CyAN president Jean-Christophe Le Toquin. Peter Coroneos with CyAN president Jean-Christophe Le Toquin. Supplied

Australian Internet policy adviser Peter Coroneos has been appointed as the international vice-president of the Paris-based Cybersecurity Advisers' Network.

Announcing the appointment, CyAN president and former director of Internet Safety for Microsoft EMEA, Jean-Christophe Le Toquin said in a statement: “In a world worryingly tempted by fragmentation, this is an incredible chance for CyAN to benefit from Peter’s experience, vision and leadership.

"His appointment as international vice-president of CyAN is a recognition of his hard and successful work to build a strong CyAN community in the Asia Pacific.

"More importantly, Peter will significantly enhance our global perspective and help shape the future of CyAN.”

Coroneos was behind the development of icode, an industry-wide botnet mitigation program developed while he was head of Australia’s Internet Industry Association. He has advised the Obama Administration on the scheme, which was later adapted by major US broadband providers.

He has served as CyAN’s regional head APAC since 2018. CyAN officially launched in Australia in February 2019 and has attracted skilled cyber professionals working in diverse areas.

Coroneos replaces Christian Aghroum, the former head of the French police cyber crime unit.

“Regional tensions call for a greater understanding of our inter-dependencies as a common, connected humanity," Coroneos said.

"I hope my new role will underline the importance of coordinated international action and information sharing. Promoting trust will remain a core, defining principle of our efforts. We will innovate in critical cyber skills, capacity building and behavioural change while supporting the business, professional and personal development of our members.”

Along with tech veteran Peter Kazacos, Coroneos runs a venture known as Icon Cyber that earlier this year launched @STAKE, an immersive simulation of a cyber attack, part of a portfolio to be developed which is called Decision Rehearsal.

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