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Lynwen Connick

First Assistant Secretary Information Sharing and Intelligence, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

About Lynwen Connick

Lynwen has extensive experience in all aspects of cyber security – including leading development of the National Cyber Security Strategy and offensive and defensive cyber operations. She also has experience developing and managing sophisticated information and communications technology. She regularly talks at public conferences on these topics and is an advocate for improving diversity in these fields.

Lynwen works with CIOs and policy leads across the national security community to develop and implement the National Security Information Environment Roadmap. This work is improving secure sharing of intelligence and key national security information. She also advises the Prime Minister and Cabinet on intelligence policy.

Lynwen was the First Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy and Intelligence at the department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from November 2013 to May 2016. In this role she was responsible for cyber and intelligence issues including the development of cyber security policy. She led the review of Australia’s Cyber security and the development of the new National Cyber Security Strategy launched by the Prime Minister in April 2016.

Prior to joining the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Lynwen worked at the Department of Defence, serving most recently as the First Assistant Secretary, ICT Reform and the department’s Chief Information Security Officer (September 2012 – November 2013).

Lynwen worked for 27 years at the Australian Signals Directorate (formerly the Defence Signals Directorate). Her most recent appointment there was as a Deputy Director of the agency and First Assistant Secretary responsible for Capability (2007 – 2012). In this role she brought together all the Information and Communication technology for the three Defence Intelligence agencies as a shared service under her leadership. She was also responsible for the agency’s corporate services as Assistant Secretary, Executive (2005 – 2007) and led and reformed ASD’s cyber security mission as Assistant Secretary, Information Security (1999 – 2005).

Lynwen first joined the public service in 1983 as a Computer Systems Officer at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Lynwen has a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science Major) from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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