Protecting Australia's Cyber and Maritime Lifelines

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

In a globalised world, no island is an island. Supply line security is critical to Australia’s strategic interests, our quality of life and our prosperity. When access to energy, markets or information is threatened our ability to defend ourselves or even maintain sovereignty can be put at risk. Australia’s Indo-Pacific geography generates unique challenges in the maritime space in regards to border security, access to trade, resource protection and the maintenance of a rules-based regional order. But as a highly developed nation with a service-based economy, our great reliance on access to information and data flow is also intrinsic in Australia's ability to secure its national interests.

In this seminar, National Security College experts discuss how we can best protect Australia’s cyber and maritime lifelines. Central to this will be to identify what the primary challenges are and the relevant policy options available to secure our vital national interests in these arenas.

Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has more than two decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence analysis, think tanks and journalism. He was the Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, Professor Medcalf was a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments. His experience as an Australian diplomat included a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control. His earlier work in journalism was commended in Australia’s leading media awards, the Walkleys. He was on the expert panel providing advice on the recently released 2016 Defence White Paper. Professor Medcalf has played a significant role in relations with India, and is founder and co-chair of the Australia India Policy Forum, an informal bilateral dialogue.

Professor Anne-Marie Grisogono is a complex systems scientist and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University, and a Visting Fellow at the ANU Natioal Security College. She holds a PhD in Mathematical Physics, and has worked in experimental and theoretical atomic and molecular physics, and lasers and nonlinear optics in various universities, followed by 20 years of applied R&D in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DST Group), working on systems design, modelling and simulation, and future concept development and experimentation. Professor Grisogono led the development of DSTO’s Synthetic Environment Research Facility. Subsequently appointed Research Leader, she raised an enabling research program into complex systems science for defence, winning a prestigious DSTO Long Range Research Fellowship for 3 years. She worked closely with Army leaders to incorporate research results into their doctrine, operations, organisational design and reframing of their approach to strategic research and development planning.

Dr Tim Legrand is a Lecturer at the National Security College. His interdisciplinary research concerns the structures, management and processes of public administration. His work draws on, and contributes to political science, law, international relations, security studies and public policy around several research streams that include international policy transfer, evidence-based policy-making, transgovernmental policy networks, the governance of national security and emergency policy, and crisis management. Dr Legrand has worked as a policy consultant for the UK Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government.