Celebrating women in cyber

Dr Tobias Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade By Tobias Feakin, Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs

Today, on International Women’s Day 2017, I am proud to release a video showcasing some of the extraordinary work being done by women in cyber worldwide. We hope this video inspires more women and men to take up one of the many diverse, challenging and rewarding careers in the field.

The Government’s Cyber Security Strategy, released in April 2016, recognised the need for Australia to partner internationally to ensure our international cyber engagement advances our interests, as well as our values.

Australia’s interests in cyberspace are diverse. Our international cyber engagement covers trade, international security, transnational crime, international law and human rights obligations (including freedom of speech and privacy), internet governance and development assistance.

Many of the women in the above video are leaders in these fields and we hope they inspire you to join us as we embark on the exciting task of preparing Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy.

We are currently seeking your contributions and ideas for the Strategy. Submissions close 31 March 2017. Get involved – just like the extraordinary women in our video. This is your chance to directly contribute to the development of the most beneficial cyber environment for us all in the years to come. The Strategy will be released later this year.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to all of the women who contributed to “celebrating #WomenInCyber.” Thank you for being such inspiring role models for us all.

For a longer-version of the Women in Cyber video, please see below:

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia’s whole‑of‑government international engagement to advance and protect Australia’s interests in the internet and in cyberspace. You can follow Ambassador Feakin on Twitter: @AusAmbCyber

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