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Australia’s first cyber security coordinator has been recalled to Defence after just 4 months into the role.

Air Commander Darren Goldie from the Royal Australian Air Force is Australia’s first cyber security coordinator and is responsible for synchronising multiple Commonwealth agencies’ responses and protections against cyber incidents. The two star general was working on delivering on the Home Affairs and cyber security minister’s commitment to building a more coordinated approach to preparing for and managing the consequences of cyber security incidents. He’s just four months into the role and has been recalled by Defence to deal with an unspecified workplace matter related to his time in Defence. The statement said that the two star general is currently on leave and that while the matter is under consideration, it would be inappropriate to comment further. The Home Affairs minister said that the department’s deputy secretary of cyber and infrastructure security, Hamish Hansford, will act as coordinator in the interim. This recall has come at a time when the government is preparing to release a long-awaited revamp of its cyber security strategy.

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