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Professor Jill Slay Optus Cyber Chair, Eng & Math Sci Sch Off

Professor Jill Slay is Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University and Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the Australian Computer Society. She has established an international research reputation in cyber security (particularly Digital Forensics) and has worked in collaboration with many industrial partners.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism. She is a Fellow of ACS and a Fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, both for her service to the information security industry.

As a researcher and after the shock of 9/11, and as a response to the ‘War on Terrorism’, Jill changed her whole research direction, reverted to her technical roots, to play her part in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection teaching and research and began what is now a long term well-known collaboration with governments and industry.

Her motivation is one of serving by using her intellect, skills and ability to support National Security initiatives. She is a change agent in an environment where those who are used to being leaders by virtue of rank (business, government, law enforcement and Defence personnel) often feel dis-empowered by the rise of the cyber age and especially cyber crime, terrorism and warfare. Her role is then one of empowering through research, teaching and training.

Her current personal research foci, in collaboration with Defence Researchers, Government and Cyber Security industry, are:
1. Cyber-enabled War: intelligence, ontology, military maturity andcapability
2. Assessing Mission Critical Aspects of Cyber Attack and Defence
3. Cyber Intrusions, Detection and Forensics
4. Computer-human interaction
5. Cyber security standards and skills
6. Cyber Dependency and Resilience of Critical Infrastructure

She has published more than 120 outputs in cyber security and intelligence, critical infrastructure protection, security and forensic computing in the last 12 years. She has completed the supervision of 19 PhDs and many Masters and Honours theses and has been awarded over AUD 2.5 million in research income.

Recent grants include:

• 2018: AustCyber Project grant $550k
• 2014 – 2016: Northrop Grumman Research Support Grant -$35,000 per annum
• 2013: Evidence-based Digital Forensic Framework for Cloud Computing and Solid State Drives – ZAR 400,000. Chief Investigator with Professor Hein Venter (University of Pretoria)
• 2013: Cloud Forensics – Australian National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (Cat 1) - $265,000. Development of forensic tools for the investigation into cloud forensics. Commencing.


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