Security vendor, Symantec, has hired Brian Fletcher as its new director of government affairs covering A/NZ, Japan and Korea.
In the new role, based in Canberra, Fletcher will be responsible for leading Symantec’s engagement with governments and stakeholders on public policy, expanding public-private partnerships and providing advice on cybercrime issues in the region.
Fletcher maintains more than 21 years of Australian government service and was recently the director of cyber security relationships for the Australian Signals Directorate at the Australian Cyber Security Centre, where he led the development of cybersecurity policy and partnerships with industry and federal, state and territory governments.
He has also served in the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC where he provided advice to ambassadors and defence staff on strategic cybersecurity and intelligence issues.
Symantec Pacific region managing director, Ian McAdam, said Fletcher’s extensive legislative and policy experience together with his management skills made him a perfect fit for this role.
“Fletcher’s role will focus on working hand-in-hand with key government agencies to develop innovative and practical ways to improve Australia’s cyber defence capabilities. He will also be charged with providing recommendations for the Government’s Cyber Security Review and mandatory data breach notification laws,” McAdam said.
“Government affairs is an important area of focus for our company, particularly as the Australian government continues to plan for the ever increasing number of cyber-attacks reaching its shores.”