The Australian Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC) has named information security consultant and former Telstra general manager of cyber influence, Rachael Falk, as its new CEO.\nFalk replaces Darrell Williamson, who acted as interim CEO during the establishment phase of the CSRC. He played a key role in bringing together the research centre\u2019s 25 industry, academic and government partners.\nThe centre is part of the government\u2019s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program, which is intended to foster collaboration between researchers and industry.\nFalk comes to CSRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in law firms but also in-house at Telstra. She became Telstra\u2019s General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently, she has been a cyber security consultant. \n\u201cStrong cyber security is a critical issue for our economy and for Australia\u2019s prosperity. We are delighted to have Rachael as our chief executive. Not only does she bring a wealth of industry knowledge, she will ensure that CSRC collaborates with academia, industry and government to deliver industry-driven cyber security outcomes. We want our research and work to have an impact benefitting Australia both now and well into the future,\u201d according to CSRC chair David Irvine. \nCSRC is a not-for-profit company dedicated to promoting industry investment into cyber security research and development. It aims to deliver an Australia-wide approach to respond to cyber threats and cybercrime.\nInitially, the CSRC will bring together seven universities and research institutions, nine industry partners and nine government agencies. \nIndustry participants include: Cisco, Singtel Optus, Jemena, ActewAGL Distribution, TATA Consultancy Services, Datacom Technical Security Services, PEN10 Services, Quintessencelabs, and AARNet.