Dr. Alana Maurushat, is Professor of Cybersecurity and Behaviour at Western Sydney University where she holds a joint position in the School of Computers, Data and Mathematical Sciences, and in the School of Social Sciences. Alana is Director of a Level 1 Security Operations Centre, Western CACE (mycace.org). She is currently researching on Automation Cybersecurity of Legal and Risk Processes through ML and AI, Payment Diversion Fraud and Ransomware, Cyber Reputation Risk Management, Tracking Money-Laundering, Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Ethical Hacking. Having dual qualifications in IT and Law, she previously was Senior Lecturer in Law, Key Researcher on the CRC Data to Decisions – Big Data in National Security, and Senior Fellow with the Australian CyberSecurity Centre for Research and Education all at UNSW. She is the Cyber-Ambassador for the NSW Government and sits as an expert reviewer in cybersecurity and big data with the Australian Research Council.

She is Special Advisor for the cybercrime investigation companies Cybertrace and IFW Global, and is cybersecurity advisory board member for Gridware. She volunteers her time and service on the advisory boards for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and NSW Crimestoppers. She lectures & researches in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Security by Design, Cyber Risk Management, and Artificial Intelligence across the disciplines of law, criminology, business, political science and information communications technology. Alana has done consultancy work on cyber security, open data, big data, technology and civil liberties for both the Australian and Canadian governments, industry and NGOs. Alana has done media with 60 Minutes, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Insight, ABC, and 730 Report, and is the author of many books and articles. She has won multiple prizes for her innovative and collaborative approach to projects and learning including the Australian IT Security Highly Commended Woman of the Year.