Dr Nick Tate

Dr Nick Tate is an Author, CEO, Company Director and Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. He has 40 years’ experience in IT including 16 years at CIO level in UQ and at 2 London banks, as well as 17 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies.

For over a decade, he was the Director of the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), which provided Cybersecurity incident response services for Australian Universities, Government Agencies and Private Industry and was the National CERT for Australia. During this time, AusCERT trained the Chinese National CERT as well as CERTs in Central and South America. Dr Tate is also a former President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and Chair of the Council of Australasian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT).

He has a PhD in Cybersecurity and is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book published recently by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). In 1990, Dr Tate was Head of IT for the United Bank of Kuwait in London during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the first Gulf war. During this time, the bank’s shareholders were overrun by an invading army, there was a run on the bank and there was an overnight abolition of the Kuwaiti Dinar which was the bank’s main currency of account. This provided an early grounding in many useful techniques for disaster management in IT and Cybersecurity.


Presentation: How to keep your job after the next Cyber-attack

This presentation addresses the urgent need to improve cybersecurity governance in all organisations whether they are Universities, Government departments or private industry. The cost of global cybercrime is estimated at over $US3 Trillion and insurance underwriter Lloyds of London has identified the risk of cyber-attack as one of their top five risks. This talk will explain the increasing risk to all types of organisations by drawing on case studies of actual cyber disasters and examining both the causes and the consequences of these events. Consequences which have dented finances, tarnished reputations and had damaging repercussions up to the Vice-Chancellor, the CEO, the CIO and the Council or Board of Directors. Unfortunately, these repercussions can mean that in the aftermath of a cyber-attack, people lose their jobs.

Happily, there are well-understood ways in which the appropriate governance of cybersecurity can provide significant protection for any organisation and this presentation will suggest and describe a practical approach for implementing effective cybersecurity governance to mitigate these risks, by drawing on examples from a well-established framework. Implementing an appropriate governance framework may well save the jobs and reputations of Vice-Chancellors, CEOs, CIOs, Company Boards and Cybersecurity professionals who find themselves dealing with the unfortunate effects of a cyber-attack.


Book launch

Dr Nick Tate, will be launching his book, A Director’s guide to governing information technology and cybersecurity.

“This book is designed for directors who increasingly find themselves in a position where IT is underpinning a digital transformation of their organisation or rapidly becoming a key driver of their business, whether that organisation is a company, a not-for-profit entity or a government department. In plain language, it provides a useful understanding of the IT and cybersecurity landscape and offers practical guidance on how to implement sound governance (including templates for board IT committees and cybersecurity risk committees).