Services Australia’s CISO takes on private sector role

By Shannon Jenkins

June 29, 2020

Telstra Tower on Black Mountain in Canberra. Adobe

Services Australia’s chief information security officer has departed to take up a position with Telstra.

The telecommunications company has reportedly appointed senior public servant Narelle Devine as its new CISO for Asia Pacific.

Her replacement is yet to be announced.

Narelle Devine

Devine joined the then-Department of Human Services in 2016, after 23 years serving with the Navy.

At Services Australia, Devine led a team of 190 people, which she said has worked hard to “protect the personal and financial security of 26 million Australians, manage 280 000 authentications every day, and protect the $190 billion in payments the department makes every year”.

The bureaucrat would play a similar role at Telstra, in protecting the privacy of the company and its customers. She would also “help shape the cyber security landscape and drive Telstra’s policy, governance and incident response for cyber security across the organisation”.

Devine begins her new role in Canberra on July 27. She replaces Berin Lautenbach.

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