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ASPI appoints US cyber adviser Chris Painter as distinguished fellow


The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has announced that Chris Painter, the former US State Department Coordinator for Cyber issues and former White House Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy, as its inaugural distinguished cyber fellow for 2018.

Painter has been across US and international cyber issues for over 25 years. He was a federal prosecutor of high-profile US cybercrime cases and was later a senior official at the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council. Most recently he was the first top cyber diplomat at the State Department.

“I am very happy to come back to Australia and spend time with my friends at ASPI’s ICPC and my many friends and colleagues in government, business and civil society,” Painter said in a statement.

“Australia has always been a strong partner on cyber policy and combatting cyber threats. As technical and policy threats increase in cyberspace it is imperative that we work together to promote an open and secure cyberspace, promote stability in cyberspace, and find new ways to deter bad actors.”