Securing the economic potential of cyberspace

Securing the economic potential of cyberspace

Aug 13
CEDA welcomes Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Toby Feakin, to share with CEDA Trustees his insights on the online global marketplace and outline Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy.


Dr Toby Feakin, Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Event overview

Digital technologies are profound enablers of economic growth and sustainable development, as well as presenting exciting opportunities for Australian businesses. Government and the private sector have a shared interest in maximising these opportunities, while mitigating the risks online.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is shaping an environment that enables Australian business to grow online in a trusted and secure cyberspace. Hear from the Ambassador as he explains how Australia’s International Cyber Engagement Strategy sets out Australia’s plan to promote confidence in the online environment, increase economic opportunities, strengthen international cooperation to address cyber-crime, promote multi-stakeholder internet governance, protect human rights online and deliver sustainable development outcomes through technology.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Dr Toby Feakin
Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia's whole‑of‑government international engagement to advance and protect Australia's national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in the internet and in cyberspace. 

Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre. 

He has also held a number of research and advisory positions, including with the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, the Oxford University Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre, the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.

Ambassador Feakin holds an Honours Degree in Security Studies and a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Politics and Security Studies, both from the University of Bradford.

Meet the host

Blair Marsh
General Manager, Training Services, South Metropolitan TAFE

Blair Marsh has been involved in the Vocational Education and Training Sector for 18 years having commenced as a lecturer in regional Western Australia and subsequently moved into a range of management roles associated with both Organisational Services and Training Delivery. As General Manager of Training Services, Blair has the responsibility for South Metropolitan TAFE’s training delivery with a keen interesting in creating opportunities for individuals using Vocational Education and Training as a powerful vehicle for change. In addition, Blair enjoys assisting both Industry and community partners with their workforce development challenges through the co-design of solutions that will prepare employees for the rapidly changing world of work. Blair has recently completed an Executive Masters of Public Administration, which has provided him with the tools to deliver public value while contributing the skilling of the Western Australian Workforce.

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