Malcolm Turnbull is best known as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Serving from 2015 to 2018, he developed a cybersecurity strategy that, even today, is described as “world leading” for its time. He laid the groundwork for a law enforcement encryption-circumvention policy enacted just after he left. And he continues to raise the profile of cybersecurity issues from outside of government during a time when those issues can sometimes be left to the wayside.
But beyond his government role, Turnbull has a long history investing in technology, both before and after his political run. He most recently was appointed to the board of Kasada, an Australian automated-threat protection service fighting credential stuffing by making distributed bulk login attempts less more work than worthwhile. And that’s a fitting role for Turnbull, whose policies to create an Australian cybersecurity industry improved the viability of local startups.
This summer, Turnbull appeared on stage with Alastair MacGibbon, head of CyberCX, a megastructure of recently merged Australian cybersecurity firms, to say that the Australian government should purchase from the burgeoning Australian cybersecurity industry rather than global competitors. It was a move that appeared to some to be about shoring up supply chains and to others about propping up domestic firms.
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