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Optus Cyber Chair and Professor, La Trobe University

Professor Slay has a long history of combining teaching and research with an active involvement in advising government and defence on real world cyber security initiatives. In her role at La Trobe she provides leadership of the Cyber domain at the University and fosters excellence in teaching and high-impact research across the University.

In the past, Professor Jill Slay's research has focused on Forensic Computing, although she has a well-established international research reputation in a range of aspects of cyber security including critical infrastructure protection and cyber terrorism.

With a variety of collaborators, she has instigated cross-disciplinary research that draws on social science, anthropology, law, drugs and crime, police and justice studies, as well as systems and communications engineering and IT, to achieve its aims. She has supervised 16 PhD students to completion, and 30 of her Honours and Masters graduates are employed in developing computer forensic and IT security software and networking solutions for industry and the Australian Federal government. She advises industry and government on strategy and policy in this research domain.

Jill has published one book and more than 120 refereed book chapters, journal articles or research papers in forensic computing, information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, complex systems and education. She has been awarded approximately AUD2 million in grant funding since 2005.

Jill is a Fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and a member of its Board. She was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for her service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism.


  • 2000 
    Curtin University of Technology, PhD


  • 1995,

Professional Memberships



Order of Australia (AM)