Director, Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation (CSRI), Deakin University

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Centre for Cyber Security Research & Innovation (CSRI) and Chairman of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA). Former roles include Chief Information Security Officer for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Enterprise IT and Security Risk Manager at National Australia Bank and senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT.

Damien has help develop and write industry certification such as Server+, Network+, Security+ and the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification and sits on the board of the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC) and CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee in the USA. His passion for making a difference motivated him to establish IT community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his extensive industry experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus. His interest in computers and security started at the age of 11 when he joined a hacking group with some friends. Damien’s hobbies include photography, genetics and science.

Experience

  • –present
    Director, Centre for Cyber Security Solutions, Deakin University