New ASD partnership to deliver Women in Security Mentoring Program

(left to right) AWSN CEO, Jacqui Loustau, ASD First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Resilience, Jess Hunter, ASD Director, Strategic Partnerships & Industry Engagement, Amy Roberts and OK RDY, Founder & CEO, Timothy McKay

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has partnered with the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) and Australian start-up OK RDY, to develop a mentoring program to increase the presence of women in the Australian security workforce.

The Women in Security Mentoring Program will connect women looking to embark on or progress in their security careers, with experienced mentors across the cyber, security and STEM-related industries. The Program will foster participation, build networks, and grow the capabilities of the security sector.

First Assistant Director-General Cyber Security Resilience, Jess Hunter, officially launched the Mentoring Program in Canberra this week.

Initiatives like this, developed with Government sponsorship, are vital to meeting the increasing demands of Australia‚Äôs information security, cyber and STEM industry professionals, which is playing an increasingly vital role in our national security,” Ms Hunter said.

Mentoring provides a valuable opportunity for you to share your knowledge and increase your leadership and mentoring skills. Mentees will gain encouragement, guidance and support for growth, and build professional networks with those in the industry.

ASD has been a proud sponsor of AWSN since 2019, and this unique mentoring program will continue to support women in fulfilling careers in the dynamic security industry.

For more information on the Women in Security Mentoring Program, or how to register for free as a mentor, visit

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