Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) resigns


Alastair MacGibbon, Australia’s Deputy Secretary National Cyber Security Adviser and Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has resigned, with his last official day to be May 28.

In a statement released on Saturday, May 4, Mike Burgess, Director-General of the Australian Signals Directorate announced MacGibbon’s resignation.

Burgess said, “Alastair has been with ASD since January 2018 after Prime Minister Turnbull made the centre a part of ASD and Alastair its head. I’d like to thank Alastair for his work in standing up the new centre including the transition of other parts of government into ASD. I’d also like to recognise and thank Alastair for his tireless work in tackling the challenge of helping those we serve to better understand how to identify and manage the nation’s cyber security risks more effectively.

LTGEN John Frewen, DSC, AM, Principal Deputy Director-General ASD, will add leadership of the ACSC to his responsibilities until the role is permanently filled.”

Alastair joined the Department of Home Affairs on its establishment from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. As Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and the National Cyber Security Adviser, Alastair led the creation of partnerships between Australian Governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and academia to deliver national cyber security capacity and capability.

Prior to taking up his appointment Alastair was Australia’s first eSafety Commissioner. Before that he worked for 15 years as an Agent with the Australian Federal Police, including as founding Director of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre. Along with private sector roles such as Senior Director of Trust, Safety and Customer Support at eBay, Alastair was a Director of the Centre for Internet Safety at the University of Canberra.

Here is our interview with Alastair MacGibbon recorded the Australian Cyber Security Centre Conference, Canberra, 11 April, 2018. Related reading