Former general manager of Australia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), Thomas King, has been employed at Telstra as its general manager of managed security services.
King confirmed the move, updating his LinkedIn profile to reflect the change.
King, who served at AusCERT in the general manager role for more than two years, was also the associate director of the University of Queensland’s information technology services division.
He assumed the responsibility from then AusCERT general manager, Graham Ingram, who stepped down from his role after 12 years of service.
He has made his mark in the educational sector, having worked in various technology roles in the University of Queensland and Griffith University over more than 17 years.
Some of his other stints include working at Cisco Systems and the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
King was instrumental in Australia’s academic and research network (AARNet) and AusCERT’s coming together in 2015 to support the research and education sector with a range of IT and network security support services.
“Under the partnership with AARNet, AusCERT will provide unique and cost effective cyber security services to the higher education sector within Australia and will build upon this base to strengthen the nation’s research and education network,” he said then.
King also led the incident response team for the Red Cross data breach, which occurred in late 2016, to help it stem the fallout of the incident.
Once engaged, King and his team worked with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and, presumably, the organisation’s technology partner, Precedent, to resolve the breach and rectify the incident.
An advocate for creating a culture where employees don’t have fears around failure, King encourages open communications about potential issues related to security.
“If you have a culture of fail early, fail fast, or don’t fail alone. If you’re having issues, don’t hide them, let someone know,” he said. “That’s how you have to manage the incident. It’s about being open, honest, and transparent,” King recently told ARN.