Appointment of new national cyber security coordinator

Air Marshal Goldie will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the position

Air Marshal Darren Goldie AM CSC, a distinguished veteran with a 30-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has been selected as the first National Cyber Security Coordinator of Australia. His appointment comes as the nation seeks to strengthen its cyber resilience and response capabilities in an increasingly digital age.

Taking up his new role on Monday, July 3, Air Marshal Goldie brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. Previously serving as the Air Commander Australia, he has been instrumental in enhancing the RAAF’s capability and resilience. Notably, he spearheaded the coordination of Defence responses to natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic, displaying his leadership skills in times of crisis.

Throughout his career, Air Marshal Goldie has held senior positions in strategy and capability development within the Air Force. He also undertook a secondment at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he provided strategic foreign policy advice to the government. This breadth of experience equips him with a deep understanding of the complexities of national security and the challenges posed by the digital landscape.

As the National Cyber Security Coordinator, Air Marshal Goldie will assume a pivotal role in driving Australia’s cyber security agenda forward. He will take charge of national cyber security policy, coordinating responses to major cyber incidents, bolstering the government’s cyber incident preparedness efforts, and strengthening the Commonwealth’s cyber security capabilities.

Working closely with key policy, operational, and security agencies, Air Marshal Goldie will lead the Department’s efforts in ensuring that Australians are better protected against cyber threats and that businesses and critical infrastructure entities become more cyber resilient. His mandate aligns with the government’s ambitious mission to make Australia the most cyber secure nation globally by 2030.

The appointment of Air Marshal Goldie reflects Australia’s commitment to confronting the evolving cyber landscape head-on and safeguarding its interests in an increasingly interconnected world. As the inaugural National Cyber Security Coordinator, Air Marshal Goldie’s leadership and strategic vision will play a crucial role in fortifying the nation’s cyber defenses and ensuring a secure digital future for Australia and its citizens.



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