The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) leads the Australian Government’s efforts to improve cyber security. Our role is to help make Australia the safest place to connect online.
We monitor cyber threats across the globe 24 hours a day, seven days a week so we can alert Australians early on what to do.
We provide advice and information about how to protect yourself and your business online. When there is a cyber security incident, we provide clear and timely advice to individuals, small to medium business, big business and critical infrastructure operators.
We work with our business, government and academic partners and experts in Australia and overseas to investigate and develop solutions to cyber security threats.
We have a national footprint of Joint Cyber Security Centres where we collaborate with nearly 200 industry, government and academic partners on current cyber security issues. We also work with law enforcement authorities to fight cybercrime.
We are part of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), which has a long history of cyber security excellence. For more information about the ACSC, visit our corporate page.
Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s work together to make Australia the safest place to connect online.
Minister for Defence
The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
The Minister for Defence is responsible for the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).
The Director-General leads ASD and is responsible to the Minister for Defence.
In December 2017, the Prime Minister announced Mr Mike Burgess as the Director-General Designate of ASD. Mr Burgess commenced his appointment on 4 January 2018. Mr Burgess became the first Director-General of ASD on 1 July 2018.
Prior to his appointment to ASD, Mr Burgess was an independent consultant specialising in strategic cyber security advice. In 2017, Mr Burgess was also a member of the Federal Government’s naval shipbuilding advisory board, a member of the board of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network and a non-executive director of SC8 Limited.
Mr Burgess was a member of the Prime Minister’s expert panel for Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Previously Mr Burgess was the Deputy Director for Cyber and Information Security at the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) from 2008 to 2013.
Mr Burgess has a degree in electronics engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in 1991 working in the field of imaging radar. Mr Burgess joined DSD as a collection engineer in 1995. During his career at DSD Mr Burgess held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD’s business. He left DSD in early 2013 to become Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer. He held this role until November 2016.
Alastair MacGibbon is the Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre and the National Cyber Security Adviser at the Department of Home Affairs. He leads the implementation of the Governments Cyber Security Strategy, transforming Australia’s cyber security landscape to realise the economic and social benefits of a cyber resilient nation, and deliver Australia’s cyber security operational capacity.
Prior to taking up his appointment Alastair MacGibbon was Australia’s first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, Alastair MacGibbon was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.
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