Although Ryan has found his calling in cybersecurity, it’s not a career he imagined when he began – or even finished – his studies.
Cyber intelligence officer Ryan Janosevic – now AGL’s Cyber Intel & Incident Response Lead – has led national responses to significant cyber incidents affecting Australian organisations, and according to Ryan, it’s a threat that will only grow.
‘You can never stop improving. There’s no end state for cyber. As we get more complex operating environments with more connected things, that means more unsecured devices and an ever-increasing attack surface.’
‘Really, it was an accident,’ he said.
‘I did nothing cyber or IT-related at uni. I studied commerce and international relations and then a Master of Arts.
‘I thought I wanted I work in politics – so I interned for a Member of Parliament in Adelaide.’
Politics wasn’t as fulfilling as Ryan had hoped, so when an opportunity arose to take a non-technical role at Government intelligence agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, he jumped at it. Working in an analyst/strategic coordination position, he was mentored by an inspiring manager who made him want to stay and learn more about cybersecurity. He spent the next six years in ASD’s cybersecurity incident response team.
Next, looking for a change from Canberra, he moved to Melbourne to join ASD’s Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) program. JCSC was created to improve cyber resilience among critical infrastructure, government, and private sector organisations. Ryan was appointed national director of JCSC’s national program – where among other things he led national responses to significant cyber incidents affecting Australian organisations.
‘One of the things I love about cyber is there’s always a new issue, or new problem to solve,’ he said.
‘You can be having a dull, quiet day, then something drops in the media and you have to respond.’
It was a chance conversation with AGL’s Chief Information Security Officer, Samm Macleod, that started Ryan thinking that he’d like to work in a role where he ‘owned’ these problems and issues, rather than continuing in an advisory role.
He was appointed Lead, Cyber Intelligence and Incident Response at AGL last October.
Each day he tackles a broad range of issues. It might be AGL being imitated by cybercriminals in a fake bill scam and helping co-ordinate our response to the media and our customers, or an issue with a third-party supplier. After all, if one of our suppliers is compromised, it can have ramifications for us.
Ryan has enjoyed the move to AGL, and appreciates the recognition that a broad skillset, including non-technically skilled people, is necessary for a balanced workforce.
‘Technology impacts every part of the business,’ he said.
‘Seeing it integrated across the organisation is very cool. It’s a people-first environment, with great flexible working arrangements – backed by the technology necessary to accommodate that.’
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