ASD’s success is founded on our people. We seek to recruit and develop a diverse workforce who are curious, imaginative and not deterred by difficult challenges.
Meet some of the people who are currently working at ASD.
Nicole – Cyber Threat Intelligence
At university, I did mostly programming and IT security subjects. In general terms, my job is cyber threat intelligence. Essentially, I identify, monitor and understand new and emerging cyber threats targeting Australia. My programming and IT skills allow me to analyse what a cybercriminal is doing and how I could disrupt them. I chose a career in STEM because it was challenging and exciting. I’ve been able to be creative and inventive when tackling complex problems. Cyber security or IT security is cutting edge and is constantly evolving, so the ability to be on the front line of an expanding industry is super exciting. The work at ASD is unlike anything else. You get to work on projects and deal with problems that just don’t exist anywhere else.
Prakesh - Digital Forensics
At university, I did a double degree in arts and science. In arts, I studied sociology and literature, while in science, I studied biochemistry and molecular biology. At ASD, I primarily do digital forensics in support of incident response and threat hunting. This involves using my knowledge of computers to reactively (in response to suspected compromise) or proactively (suspected target of compromise) find bad activity. I regularly draw on my ability to formulate hypotheses about what I think happened, devise a plan to test whether this is true, and evaluate available evidence – all of which are skills that I developed during my science degree. I chose a career in STEM because I really enjoy the intellectual stimulation that comes with tackling complex problems.
Sophie – Capability Building
When I was younger, I either wanted to be an author or astrophysicist. At university, I did a Bachelor of Science in physics in bio-anthropology. I always loved STEM and was very passionate about it, particularly physics. I work in the capability-building side of ASD, liaising between our organisation and academia on higher-degree research programs that benefit ASD. What I love about my work is that I bridge a lot of disciplines, teams and work styles and don’t feel boxed in to a particular definition of STEM, but work across multiple STEM and non-STEM areas in a fluid and organic way.