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Monday, 20 May 2019 21:32

NSW Government establishes cyber security office

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Tony Chapman, head of the new NSW Cybersecurity Office Tony Chapman, head of the new NSW Cybersecurity Office

A new cyber security office has been established by the NSW Government within the Department of Customer Service, which the government says will “cement the leadership and co-ordination role” needed to enhance cyber security and decision-making across the government.

NSW chief information and digital officer Greg Wells said Cyber Security NSW would play a critical role in achieving the vision of the new Customer Service Cluster – using digital transformation to build confidence and trust among citizens, “thereby increasing customer satisfaction and engagement”.

“Cyber Security NSW will be led by Tony Chapman, chief cyber security officer, and he will perform the functions previously undertaken by the NSW Government chief information security officer. The role will have a renewed focus on digital transformation and improving customer service outcomes,” Wells said.

“A key component of the role will be driving a culture of risk management and awareness to support greater resilience to cyber security threats. Tony and his team will build on the digital transformation work occurring across the NSW Government, ensuring our digital spaces are safeguarded against cyber threats.

“Cyber Security NSW will continue its critical work enhancing whole-of-government cyber security capabilities and standards on behalf of NSW. It will also work more closely with the Information and Privacy Commission on security, privacy and the availability of systems and services during the State’s digital transformation.”

Chapman said Cyber Security NSW would strengthen ties across other NSW Government departments, other states and territories, and the Federal Government, identifying and harnessing best practice in cyber security.

The government says Chapman has extensive experience in cyber security, government relations and stakeholder engagement, having worked for state and federal agencies, including the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and most recently the NSW Government Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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