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Cyber security chief MacGibbon quits, set to enter private sector Featured

Alastair MacGibbon has his eye on the private sector. Alastair MacGibbon has his eye on the private sector. Courtesy YouTube

The head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Alastair MacGibbon, has handed in his resignation a fortnight before the nation goes to the polls.

His leaving is apparently driven by a desire to capitalise on the growing market for cyber security specialists in the private sector.

The Australian reported that MacGibbon's leaving would be announced by the government on Saturday.

MacGibbon, 51, was formerly a member of the Australian Federal Police and spent 15 years in the force.

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Prior to heading the ACSC, he was the first eSafety commissioner, role created with the aim of changing people's online behaviour and cracking down on cyber bullying.

Under the reorganisation of government departments which led to the creation of the Home Affairs Department, his role has assumed more importance.

The Australian quoted Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as saying of MacGibbon, that he was “one of the best in the business”.

“He has made a decision to move from the public service to the private sector,” Dutton said.

“I have worked very closely with Alastair over a long period of time and have the utmost respect for his professionalism and expertise. I wish him every success in the next stage of his professional life.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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