NSW announces whole-of-government cyber security czar

By The Mandarin

Thursday March 23, 2017

The New South Wales government today announced the appointment of Dr Maria Milosavljevic as the new Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO).

According to a statement from Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello, Milosavljevic will work across the NSW government and consult with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security.

The new cyber czar will develop a set of standards with agencies, streamlining the cyber security approach across government.

Dominello said cyber risk and security had emerged as one of the most high profile, borderless and rapidly evolving risks facing government.

Milosavljevic joins the NSW government from AUSTRAC, where she held the position of Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.

According to the job description published earlier this year, the new GCISO role will report to NSW Chief Information and Digital Officer Damon Rees, who answers to the Finance, Services and Innovation secretary, Martin Hoffman. The department also created its own CISO position earlier this year, filled by Marco Figueroa who comes from Coca-Cola Amatil.

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