Rachael is currently the Director of Technology, Security and Strategy at the .au Domain Administration (auDA).
In this senior role, Rachael provides strategic guidance and advice on cyber security for auDA; she is responsible for ensuring that the .com.au online environment is perceived as a safe and trusted. Rachael is collaborating with other key industry advisors on how auDA can become more proactive in the cyber security ecosystem. In this role, Rachael has significant interaction with a range of government, industry, and academic stakeholders.
Prior to this, Rachael was at Telstra, and held many roles during her 14 years there. Most recently, she led Telstra’s Cyber Influence capability. This team, sitting within Telstra’s Security Operations Group, was the first dedicated team of its kind within Telstra to establish and drive a cyber security culture within the company. Rachael also co-developed the Five Knows of Cyber Security, an easy and accessible approach to cyber security that can be effectively used to manage cyber security risk from the board down.
Before moving into cyber security, Rachael was a lawyer at Telstra for 10 years. Most notably, she provided strategic advice and successfully managed a range of particularly sensitive and high profile litigated matters. These matters often had significant senior management engagement along with significant media exposure.
Upon admission as a lawyer, Rachael practiced in leading law firms both in Australia and overseas.
Rachael is a published author having written several articles for the CBS publication ZDNet, as well as two chapters in the Forbes- Palo Alto Australian publication of Navigating the Digital Age – The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers.
Rachael is also a presenter on cyber security and risk for the ANU’s National Security College Executive and Professional Development Programme. Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University (ANU), Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney and Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) with Honours from the National Security College at ANU.