CISO Lens is a forum for Chief Information Security Officers of large Australian and New Zealand organisations. Our mission is to support the cyber resilience of the economies - and thereby, the people - of Australia and New Zealand. CISO Lens works toward this mission by empowering and enabling CISOs through: peer networking, structured collaboration, and benchmarking.
A key driver for the creation of CISO Lens was the recognition that cyber risk is a business issue that can be most effectively addressed through collaboration across organisations and industries.
CISO Lens is designed for large ASX/NZX, critical infrastructure, large federal government departments, and organisations of strategic national interest. These large, complex, geographically dispersed, technologically disparate organisations - that are also frequently regulated - are not representative of a typical organisation in Australia or New Zealand. But, CISO Lens member organisations collectively touch the lives of all Australian and New Zealand citizens in multiple ways, every day.
The Australian chapter of CISO Lens was established in January 2015, and the New Zealand chapter was established in February 2019. CISO Lens gatherings are held every quarter.
CISO Lens does not publicly disclose members, but some current members have published their participation.
"... CISO Lens is a group of CISOs that meet together regularly to talk about issues in the industry, help each other on current problems and generally look for ways to improve security across Australia. It’s run by James Turner who has done the most amazing job to get the best CISO group together that I’ve seen in my 25 odd years in the industry. It’s a passion project for James and he’s made a real difference in doing it. I can point to a couple of very tangible things in cyber in Australia that wouldn’t have happened were it not for this group."
- Berin Lautenbach, CISO Asia Pacific at Telstra. @berinlautenbach
- Quote taken from this blog, "The impact that we have", 11 December 2017.
"Five years ago, there were maybe 10 chief information security officers in Australia and I could name them all. Today, there are maybe 40 CISOs and the number is growing. The recent establishment of the CISO Lens forum is a notable development, enabling improved sharing of actionable intelligence across cybersecurity functions across larger companies in different industries."
- Richard Johnson, CISO at Westpac.
- Quote taken from this blog, "Cyber security: how 1+1 can equal 3", 22 March 2018.
Testimonials from former members
“James has brought together a peer network of Australia’s most senior information security and cyber risk executives. As a collective, CISO Lens continues to be a principle change agent for Australia’s rapidly evolving maturity in cyber security; across industry, government and various high-profile institutions. CISO Lens membership operates with independence, trust, confidentiality, and regular participation from all members in support of one another. It has given me an opportunity to build strong peer relationships, benchmark strategic plans and temper operational response in real-time to global cyber threats.”
- Darren Argyle, Group CISO at Qantas, Member, 2017. CISO at iCare. Member, 2018-2019. @D_Argyle
"Collaboration is essential in further maturing an organisation’s - or indeed, a nation’s - cyber security posture. Being able to do so in a trusted environment with peers from not only financial services organisations, but across many different industry sectors has proven extremely valuable and insightful. CISO Lens provides this platform and continues to go from strength-to-strength in bringing together senior information and cyber security leaders across the industry for the greater good of all. As such, I have no hesitation in recommending CISO Lens."
- Steve Glynn, CISO at ANZ, Founding member, 2015-2017. @stevetglynn
"CISO Lens is a powerful networking forum, which drives genuine collaboration and cooperation in a domain where those virtues are often talked about, but hard to achieve. The curated approach to membership provides an important basis for close and trusted engagement. Boards and executes should be treating the 'connectedness' of their CISO as a strategic asset and CISO Lens participation provides a significant advantage in that sense. I would suggest it's a must for any new CISO of a large Australian company."
- Brian Smith, CISO at Woodside, Member, 2016-2017.
"CISO lens is an invitation only group of diverse Australian CISO’s drawn from leading organisations across industries who meet regularly to share, educate and support each other in an atmosphere of open discussion under “Chatham House” rules. The full range of cyber security topics and challenges are discussed, but most importantly, personal networks are built that allow for CISO’s to leverage off other successes and failures. In this rapidly changing business, technology and risk landscape, the ability to draw on this pool of knowledge is invaluable."
- Andre Bertrand, CISO at seek.com.au, Member, 2016.
If you are the CIO of an Australian organisation, accountable for cyber security and you are keen to collaborate with your peers, you may be interested in participating in the CIO Cyber and Risk Network. The CIO Cyber & Risk Network (CYRIN) is an IBRS service facilitated by James Turner, and was launched in October 2017.