New Head of Australian Cyber Security Centre announced

Speaker(s): Mike Burgess, Director-General ASD

Date of Speech: 19 June 2019


Rachel Noble to lead the Australian Cyber Security Centre

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that Australia is the safest place to connect online.

To achieve this, the Australian Signals Directorate’s Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) provides trusted and authoritative advice to Federal and State Governments and the private sector.

A highly respected public servant with a strong and long background in cyber, science, technology, national security and defence will be the new head of the ACSC.

ASD Director-General, Mike Burgess, today announced that Rachel Noble PSM will lead the centre.

“I’m delighted that Rachel’s agreed to return to ASD to take this important and challenging role,” Mr Burgess said. “The cyber threat is real and Rachel is ideally qualified to confront it.”

“I am really looking forward to returning to ASD to work with Mike and his team,” Ms Noble said. “I have always enjoyed the work of ASD and this will be the third time in my career that I have worked there. I’m delighted to be reconnecting with some of my old colleagues and making new ones too.”

Currently serving as Deputy Secretary Executive in the Department of Home Affairs, Ms Noble has held a series of leadership positions in Home Affairs, Defence (including ASD) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

As PM&C’s National Security Chief Information Officer and Cyber Policy Coordinator, Ms Noble coordinated whole of government policy on cyber issues and improved information sharing among the national security community. Ms Noble received a Public Service Medal for this work.

“Rachel Noble possesses a formidable skill set and the new role brings together her experience in cyber, science and security,” Mr Burgess said, “I’m particularly impressed by Rachel’s leadership qualities, which were so well displayed when she and I worked together previously to improve cyber policy across government.”

Prior to serving in Government, Ms Noble worked for a major telecommunications company, Optus. Ms Noble has a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science with Honours.

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