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Jordan Plotnek Graduate Researcher, Comp Sci & Info Tech

Jordan is a PhD Candidate at La Trobe University, completing a thesis titled: 'A Resilience Framework for Cyber-Kinetic Terrorism against the Smart Grid'. He is also the Lead Cybersecurity Scientist at the Centre of Research and Technology in Artificial Intelligence eXpertise (cortAIx) in Montréal.

Jordan's research interests are centered around security resilience, cyber-kinetic conflict, and the cybersecurity of AI and IoT dependent critical infrastructure. His work background has been in numerous technical, consulting, research, and managerial roles across a wide variety of industries and technologies, focusing on the cybersecurity of safety-critical cyber-physical systems.

After completing his Engineering degree Jordan served as a Cyber Warfare Officer in the Air Force, during which he was deployed on multiple military operations and exercises – including leading the first Australian Air Force cyber deployment to the Middle East, in support of the war against ISIS. His time in uniform profoundly shaped the direction of his career and instilled a sense of social duty at an international scale. This inspiration lead to Jordan’s transition to industry, and eventually academia, in a bid to expand his impact beyond Australian military interests and toward a more global reach.

His underlying motivation is to advance humanity, for which he believes peace and security are vital prerequisites needed to provide a stable platform for innovation. In pursuit of this vision Jordan serves as an interdisciplinary thought leader and change agent, helping to solve complex and sensitive security problems for organisations and governments that contribute to this goal.


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