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Cyber warfare expert Dr Sarah Morrison: Getting into the mind of a threat actor

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Release Date: 08/22/2022

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To be good at cyber security you need to be able to think like a threat actor. That’s according to state-based cyber warfare expert Dr Sarah Morrison, who has herself embedded herself for the last 20 years in the technology and cybersecurity industry. 

No surprise then that Sarah is always the one at dinner parties reminding people to use secure passwords and update their anti-malware. What is more of a surprise is that Sarah - who has no less than seven qualifications in the area of criminology, investigation & intelligence and cyber security including a PhD in Russian Information Operations - left school in Year 10 to get an office job.

As she tells Claire Braund in this podcast, “I fell in love with computers around five when my brother won one and brought it home. At school we didn’t get to really use computers, but getting an admin job I got to use one!”

A few years later a book on criminology piqued Sarah’s interest so she went back to school and on to study the subject at University of Western Sydney.

Sarah works across the government, banking and higher education sector. More recently she has stepped into the cyber consulting and advisory arena in ASX and other organisations. She was recently appointed to a WOB Advertised advisory committee in the higher education sector because of her very specific cyber skills. In this podcast Sarah talks about how she keeps in with the fast-moving space of cyber security and intelligence, the threat of large-scale disinformation campaigns and the role of AI and why boards need to put cybersecurity “front and centre”.

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