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PODCAST: Cyber fortification — Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson AM

Marcus Thompson

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, former head of the ADF’s information warfare division, Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the importance of building Australia’s defences in the increasingly hostile cyber domain.

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, former head of the ADF’s information warfare division, Major General (Ret’d) Dr Marcus Thompson, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the importance of building Australia’s defences in the increasingly hostile cyber domain.

  

Dr Thompson weighs in on the current cyber threat in Australia amid a spike in malicious activity from both commercially-motivated and state-based actors.

The former head of the ADF’s information warfare division discusses the need for greater urgency and accountability among stakeholders, across both the public and private sectors.

Dr Thompson highlights the value of sovereign cyber capability, explaining why Australia should reduce its dependence on foreign service providers to address local challenges.

The retired MAJGEN, who serves as an adviser on the boards of a number of organisations, also discusses the need to fill cyber security skills gaps to ensure future generations are equipped to address emerging challenges in the domain.

Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 279: PODCAST: Unpacking AUKUS — Australia’s nuclear submarine deal
Episode 278: PODCAST: A different vision for Australian defence industry, with shadow minister for defence industry Matt Keogh
Episode 277: PODCAST: The future of Australia’s space industry with Adam Gilmour, CEO of Gilmour Space
Episode 276: PODCAST SPECIAL EPISODE: Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health with David Coleman, Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Episode 275: PODCAST: Discussing LAND 125 Phase 4 with Babcock’s Craig Schwartz
Episode 274: PODCAST: Securing Australia’s missile sovereignty with Jim McDowell, Group CEO of Nova Systems, and Dr Ben Greene, Group CEO of EOS
Episode 273: PODCAST: BrothersNBooks, bibliotherapy and the world’s coolest readathon – CAPT Dylan Conway
Episode 272: PODCAST: Building Australia’s future defence force – Brigadier Ian Langford
Episode 271: PODCAST: Preparing for instability in the Indo-Pacific – Senator Jim Molan
Episode 270: PODCAST: News wrap – TS 21 in full swing; SMEs secure new defence contracts

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