Dimension Data names first Aussie director of cyber security

Dimension Data names first Aussie director of cyber security

John Karabin leads the go-to-market strategy and possible acquisitions

Dimension Data has named former Ernst & Young (EY) cyber security partner, John Karabin, as its first-ever director of cyber security in Australia.

Karabin will be based in Canberra and will be responsible for defining Dimension Data Australia’s security go-to-market. DiData has also entrusted Karabin to assess the market for potential acquisitions and developing the strategy to attract, source and recruit talent to the business.

“As we execute a growth strategy based on client value, contemporary services and business models, John will play a key leadership role in this transformation,” Dimension Data Australia CEO, Steve Nola, said.

Karabin joins the global integrator and managed services provider bringing more than 25 years of experience in the industry including IT, telecommunications and cyber security.

He’s been with EY since 2015 where he led the company’s government risk information security practice in the Oceania region. Prior to his role at EY, he was managing director, security solutions, Asia-Pacific at Verizon. He has also worked for Cybertrust, Secure Network solutions and other companies.

“Clients feel they are constantly on the backfoot and most don’t know the nature of the threat, the motives behind attacks or how to best defend themselves,” Karabin said. “That’s where Dimension Data’s expertise across a broad scope of industries comes in, as it is uniquely placed to understand that not all industries or organisations face the same challenges.

In October 2017, Dimension Data announced a partnership with Deakin University to deal with the Australian cyber security skills shortfall.

The result of the partnership was Deakin’s first Bachelor of Cyber Security, which started in 2017 and expects the first 100 students to graduate in 2019. Up to 50 of these students will be given the opportunity to work at Dimension Data, Deakin, NAB or ANZ.

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