CyberShift Alliance






The CyberShift Alliance is a collaboration between several associations and organisations including ISACA SheLeadsTech, FITT, CISO Lens, AWSN, ASD, AustCyber, (ISC)2, AISA, DOTM, EY and Forrester Research – its mission is to address culture change within the security sector.

The alliance was born from an International Women’s Day event run by AWSN and ISACA aptly titled “Don’t Reward The Brilliant Jerk” and the AustCyber ”Culture Shock” Event. These events attracted significant interest from attendees, and a call to action that we want to do better as an industry to address hidden systematic, and endemic issues that have plagued our industry.

To address this culture change, the CyberShift Alliance held an inaugural discussion on 21 July 2021 on what toxic culture looks like in practice and how individuals, leaders and organizations can address it.

The next discussion has been postponed due to COVID-19.
You can register your expression of interest here.


Our Focus

Assisting organisations address culture change


On the short and long term effect of toxic culture to our industry


CyberShift seeks to map issues that lead to poor organisational culture


Capturing actions that can be implemented by individuals, leaders and companies


Articulation and Measurement is critical to maintaining cultural maturity

CyberShift supports our Respect in Security colleagues



The following team has united to deliver the CyberShift
Amanda Rogerson

Amy Roberts

Australian Signals Directorate

Jacqui Loustau

Australian Women in Security Network

Jacqui Kernot

Ernst & Young

Jinan Budge

Forrester Research

Laura Lees

Matt Tett

Day Of The Month Club

Olivia Grandjean-Thomsen


Paola Cerrato-D’Amico


Registered 21st July 2021


Attended the inaugural event


attended the workshops


Thank you



Below is a summary of the key take-aways from the first CyberShift event

The inability to, and fear of, speaking out about bad behaviour in the cyber security industry. Lead presenter, Jinan Budge, principal analyst serving security & risk professionals at Forrester Research surveyed her professional network and found that 65% of respondents voted it to be a “career suicide”. The vast majority of us are afraid to speak up about workplace-related problems, highlighting a fear of potential disciplinary action(s) in doing so. 

Poor workplace cultureThis intrinsic cultural problem and mindset within the cyber security sector [see “Beware the Brilliant Cybersecurity Jerk” article in Edition 2 of the magazine] is preventing a sizeable pool of capable talent from joining the industry. It is also causing a retention problem and it is hindering Australia from tackling cyber threats in the most inclusive, collaborative and, therefore, the most optimum way.
Recruiting for fit and with purpose. When recruiting, employers are asked to consider not only the skillsets of its potential employees but whether they are the right fit for a good workplace culture, and in turn, whether their company is worthy of such w
What can be done to resolve the issue? 

Protect and value your employees by having a Code of Ethics in place. Enforce mandatory leadership training which covers modules such as bullying in the workplace, sexual harassment and misconduct as well as setting aside a budget to manage your emplyee’s mental health and wellbeing. 

Budge and her fellow panel members, Laura Lees, Jacqui Kernot and James Turner provided some blunt advice for CISOs and security leaders who may have a toxic culture in their organisation – start by simply recognising the issue and naming it publicly instead of ignoring it – ‘Empathy is about listening more than speaking.’ 

Listen harder and actively, try and embrace the ideas of fellow colleagues, especially if they differ to yours. At a bare minimum, be kind and choose to challenge if a situation feels uncomfortable or unjust. 

The discussions around what toxic culture looks like in practice and how individuals, leaders and organisations can address it was incredibly valuable. We hope everyone who joined in benefitted from it.



CyberShift Alliance


Why CyberShift?

Research repeatedly indicates a significant level of poor workplace cultures, affecting employee morale and mental health, and indicating a requirement for a widespread shift in organisational culture – CyberShift

Business Growth

Can be affected by poor
culture in the workplace

Bottom Line

This leads to effects on business performance and revenue

Turn the corner

Time to take a look at organisational culture and make a change


Implement culture benchmarks
and measure the maturity


The time to act is now


Great Culture = Great Reputation

Start your journey with us now



Publications and Articles to assist with CyberShift
Coming Soon – Summary from CyberShift 1.0 workshops
Summary of inaugural CyberShift 1.0 event

July 21st 2021 marked the inaugural CyberShift event, held online a summary of that event is currently being prepared and will be posted here.

Video from CyberShift 1.0

The team will post the link to the video from the CyberShift 1.0 event once it has cleared post production. Thank you.

CyberShift Web Presence Launched

Please check back periodically to discover and learn about the latest activities of CyberShift Alliance. Bear with us while our site is under construction. Thank you.


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