Dr Andrew Dowse
Director, Defence Research and Engagement, Edith Cowan University
Andrew Dowse served as an electronic engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force over a 37 year career in areas such as air defence, IT, communications and electronic warfare. His senior appointments included oversight of Defence capability planning, Air Force strategy and his final posting as Head of ICT Operations and Defence strategic J6. Andrew retired from active military service at the rank of Air Vice-Marshal in early 2018 and now works at Edith Cowan University, where he advises on research and education programs to support Defence. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Board for Sapien Cyber and a board member for the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
Dr Dowse will briefly recount his views on the evolution of cyber security in Defence. He will then consider the changes in information system technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with two key aspects – information control and connectivity – combining to fundamentally change the future threat landscape. With these changes, traditional approaches to cyber security will be ineffective and we need to think about how we can adjust our protective capabilities in response to this looming information warfare threat.